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Old July 21, 2008, 05:22 PM   #1826
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Matt, that's a fine looking CAR.

Can you tell us more about the stock/fore end?
I can't quite tell from the photos.
Is that coated wood, or is that new synth furniture?
And is the receiver refinished? Looks more matte finish than shiny.
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Old July 22, 2008, 01:09 AM   #1827
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Here's what I did...

I cut the bbl down to 16 1/4 inches. Then I completely disassembled the rifle and coated/painted it with Aluma-Hyde from Brownells. I painted the bbl, receiver, and mag tube OD green. I painted all the screws, bbl bands, etc.. flat black to contrast. Then I added a Ramline stock. I removed the butt plate and filled the stock with expanding foam to get rid of the cheap hallow sound that come with some many of the injection molded stocks these day. Finally I added a set of XS sights and a Bio-Flex Butt Cuff.

That it, she is really light, handy and RTG!

Take care,

Matt

PS, I have an 1894 that I am setting up right now. I will post some pixs when it is done. (Yea I know, this is the 336 club, but what the heck.)
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Old July 22, 2008, 01:11 AM   #1828
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Dude, that's awesome.
What a cool project.

How did the barrel cut effect accuracy at 75 - 100?
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Old July 22, 2008, 01:16 AM   #1829
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Not that I noticed.

I have this one dead on at 100 yards. There was plenty of room in the sights to adj them. I actually didn't even shoot it when it was 20". I have a couple of 20"ers already set up.

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Old July 22, 2008, 01:25 AM   #1830
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... dead on at 100 yards
Very interesting, mate.
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Old July 22, 2008, 01:28 AM   #1831
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Yea I know, this is the 336 club, but what the heck.
We all agree.

They're all closely related Marlin levers in .30 caliber, after all.
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Old July 22, 2008, 01:51 PM   #1832
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My 1894C is as as slick as oil on ice - but it has jammed HARD on range-bought-reloads in .357. So hard it we had to disassemble the magazine to get everything loose.
It is reportedly sensitive to overall length in the cartridge. I've never had it happen with factory ammo.
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Old July 25, 2008, 10:47 PM   #1833
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so how do you take one of these down, anyway?
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Old July 26, 2008, 01:08 AM   #1834
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Here is a couple of good examples..

They are very simple to completely disassemble:

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...c,26786.0.html

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/i...c,28648.0.html

Hope this helps you out.

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Old July 26, 2008, 02:09 AM   #1835
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Matt, those are excellent resources. Thnx.

Lest we forget, Marlin Owners Forum
has much much great info with great folks.
(PJ joined us here after I met him over there.)
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Old July 26, 2008, 11:23 AM   #1836
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Yeah, that's where I first met up with Nematocyst, and I've been stalking him ever since.

For those that haven't been there lately, and like leverguns, the M-O site (www.marlinowners.com) has been purchased by a couple of the diehard members, re-vamped, and reorganized. They have added quite a bit to the reference section, and the knowledge base over there is truly impressive. I recommend it highly. Then, when you get tired of stepping in chaw drool and cow paddies, you can come back here for a crisp glass of chablis and some stimulating conversation.

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Old July 26, 2008, 03:16 PM   #1837
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... has been purchased by a couple of the diehard members, re-vamped, and reorganized.
Very interesting.

Which members bought it?
(Unless that's a guarded secret. )
________

Now, back to this 1894C jamming issue.
PJ: any recommendations?

(I've been doing SEARCH on Rifle Country, trying to see what's known about it. I'm still going to post a new thread when I get time to see what I should do to remedy it.)
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Old July 26, 2008, 04:30 PM   #1838
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Nem, The Marlin Owner's site was bought out by Gunjunkie and VTDW, names well known to those at M-O. They're using huge new servers, have added quite a few new categories, a zillion links, and lots more. You'd hardly recognise it.

And YOU need to go there, Nem, because I sent you a lengthy PM there yesterday about your jamming issues. I lost a lot of addresses when my old computer died, yours among them!

Now, back to our regularly scheduled lovefest for our 336's............


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Old July 26, 2008, 05:57 PM   #1839
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My 1894C was jamming up horrible...

I read about the Marlin Jam and checked out my cartridge lifter. It looked rather worn so I replaced it with a new one. I did not want to go through the whole welding route and Midway has them on sale right now...

http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpag...eitemid=370170

It took about 5 minutes to replace and now is working great!

I am not sure it this is helpful to your problem, but it work for me.

Have a good one,

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Old July 26, 2008, 06:15 PM   #1840
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Matt, thanks for that heads up. From what I've read so far, that lifter is on the top of my list of problem makers.
Of course, mine is a "brand new" gun (have not tuned it up yet like I did for my 336), but still ... seems most likely.

However, I hear that there's a PM from PJ
about that very issue waiting for me over at MoF,
so I better head over there soon and check it out.
(Got to check out those cool new digs, too.)

I'll keep you posted about what I figure out.
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Old July 26, 2008, 06:18 PM   #1841
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when old computers die

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I lost a lot of addresses when my old computer died, yours among them!
Man, don't'cha hate it when that happens?
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Old July 27, 2008, 01:53 AM   #1842
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Here's my 336W in .30-30:



I just love it, it was the first rifle I bought and I will never part with it. Only the first three boxes through it have been factory, then the odd hollow point or leverrevolution, and everything else has been reloads and I've not had one problem with it jamming or otherwise malfunctioning...*knocks on wood*

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Old July 27, 2008, 02:34 AM   #1843
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Mason, welcome to the club house.
It's always great to hear good stories about our hero rifle.
All the better to have another reloader in th' house.
You guys are going to get me into it yet.
(Reviewed notes re reloading gear couple of days ago.)

PJ, I went over to MoF earlier to check out the new digs.
It does look different aesthetically - more modern decor -
and a bit of rearrangement in the sub forums.
Change is often good; it works there.

Got your PM re the 1894C issue.
Sounds like a tune up is in order.
We'll talk soon ...
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Old August 2, 2008, 08:40 PM   #1844
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I'll confess also: one thing that concerns me about it, and motivated me to consider selling (that is, if I was going to sell one anyway, here's another reason), is that it's not cycling well. It hangs up; cartridges won't feed from the magazine into the chamber w/o the action locking up. Yes, that's with .357 mag rnds.
That's also why I had to get rid of my 1894C, bought new about four years ago -- functional problems, gunsmith couldn't fix 'em -- and I still hated doing it. They're such charming little rifles, when they work.

However, life without a lever gun just wasn't the same, so I recently picked up a nice used pre-safety 336. I'm thinking car trunk rifle. Looking forward to breaking it in! If it's a shooter and feeds reliably, I may take it the "Tactical Lever Carbine" customization route, as exemplified by ECVMatt's cool pics. What a setup!
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Old August 2, 2008, 09:16 PM   #1845
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336SS Ltd .35 Rem

Here is my limited edition 336 SS .35 Rem (#91 of only 500 produced)

It's now on the trading post.
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Old August 4, 2008, 01:30 AM   #1846
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They're such charming little rifles, when they work.
Plainsman, that's a good description.

I hope I can get this one to a reliable state.

PJ has convinced me that I need to work on it a bit
(when I get some time, which is short these days),
that with some tunin' up, it'll cycle just fine.

I like it enough that I'm going to try.
Might even have my smith look at it if I can't figure it out.

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Here is my limited edition 336 SS .35 Rem ... It's now on the trading post.
IkenI, does that fine looking rifle have a stainless receiver with a blued barrel, or is that just an optical illusion in the photo?

Also, can you tell us a bit more about it? Age? History?
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Old August 4, 2008, 05:08 AM   #1847
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I'm thinking purchasing a 336A, due to reading many of your post. However I have a couple of questions I hope you can answer.

Would you recommend new or used?

Is their anything you do not like about the 336A?

Best regards,
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Old August 4, 2008, 08:27 AM   #1848
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Tilden, Welcome.

You can't go far wrong buying new or used. The advantages of used are price, variations in stocks, barrel lengths and shapes, even calibers.

What is not to like?

About the only thing that comes to mind is that it isn't the most comfortable rifle to sling diagonally across my back. The solution = I don't carry it that way.

A lever 30-30 is as close to a perfect general purpose rifle as I can imagine.
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Old August 4, 2008, 08:46 AM   #1849
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Range Report

Not that I needed a reason to shoot the Saddle Ring 336 but Ranch Dog's postal match ( http://www.levergunpm.com/ ) is added incentive.

The Papa John Loads produced the best group of the day - no surprise there. At 50 yards with a front rest (6x6 with a piece of carpet) it put em all in 1-1/16" using the stock open sights - and aging eyes...

The one modification I made (by accident) is that when I seated the bullets I used the same die I use to seat my flat nose cast bullets so the exposed lead tips of the Remington 150 grain JSP bullets were flattened slightly, OAL = 2.484" which is about 0.030" less than I typically load these.

On a side note I also shot the August Rimfire match with the Marlin 39A Mountie using the Federal bulk ammo, put four of the five inside of 3/4" in the 10 and 9 rings. Good fun!
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Old August 4, 2008, 08:55 AM   #1850
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I currently have 2 336s but have owned as many as 4!!

My prize is a 1950 made 336 converted to 38-55, an outstanding cowboy/modern era cartridge. It has a 26" original Marlin Special Smokeless Steel barrel (first made for the 1893s) and a Lyman Tang sight. It easily hits in an 8" circle at 300m with the tang sights.

A 1975 made 336 in 30-30 is the other one.

These are the ultimate lever guns; there are no better.

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