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Old August 4, 2008, 09:43 AM   #1851
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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?
Nem, It's one of 500 produced by Marlin about five or six years ago in a special run. Mines # 91

It's all stainless and is very accurate. I've probably shot about five or six boxes of ammo thru it. It sits in my gun safe with a few shotguns, a couple of Ruger Hawkeyes and some other Marlins: a 336 30-30 that my grandson uses; a 336 .308 Marlin Express that my son really likes; a 20 year old 39 .22 LR that all of us shoot; and a .444 that I changed around a bit.

I changed the .444 from a pistol grip to a straight stock rifle and really prefer it that way. It replaced the .35 Rem as a woods rifle, hog gun and black timber elk rifle (although I rarely hunt elk any longer.) The .35 has had a low power scope on it but I prefer open sights on straight stock Marlins and scopes on pistol grip Marlins. The .35 has XS ghost ring sights on it and the .444 has Williams FP. I also have XS sights for the .444 and can't tell any difference in the accuracy between the two.

I'm hunting big game less and less as I get older and birds more and more (with Ike my 10 year old GSP). When I do go I usually carry a .257 Roberts Hawkeye for deer. a 338 Fed Hawkeye for elk, or the .444 in the dark stuff. The 336 .35 Rem is a great little rifle but I no longer need it. I used to keep lots of guns but over the years have gone down to those I use. At one time I had several SIG handguns but am now down to just the two I use, a .245 and a 220, both old german.

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Old August 4, 2008, 12:14 PM   #1852
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I found the 1894 club...

So I posted pixs of my new/used 1894P over there.

Enjoy,

Matt

Here's one though...

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Old August 4, 2008, 06:01 PM   #1853
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I own a 336A, it was bought on 12/31/07. It been a blast. My plan was to buy anotherone and make it one a cowboy tactical rifle, by adding a bayonet. The one I choose was a reproduction of the 1917 enfield. Was this a near missed or was it a goog idea. I even talked to a good local gunsmith. He said that it would be no problem.
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Old August 4, 2008, 06:19 PM   #1854
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Here's a picture of my 336W, and with it I have a question about the stock:



You'll notice that the buttstock and fore-end are two distinctly different colors. For some of you other 336 owners, is that the kind of thing that would bug you enough to cause you go to the trouble of refinishing the stock? I know it ultimately comes down to personal tastes but I'd like to know what a few of you think. Thanks.

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Old August 4, 2008, 08:32 PM   #1855
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I would probably hunt for some walnut furniture for your rifle. Auction sites or perhaps just a want to buy ad might yield something nicer for not too much $.
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Old August 4, 2008, 09:36 PM   #1856
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That Bi-Polar stock would make me crazy. I'd hunt around for some new wood, for cheap. Some things are VERY hard to overlook!

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Old August 4, 2008, 09:43 PM   #1857
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land locked i had trouble getting my marlin 30aw to hold stain so i had bare wood on the butt i broke down and replaced the beach/what ever it is with walnut .....except i still have the hardwood foregrip
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Old August 5, 2008, 12:06 AM   #1858
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bearing in mind I'm a noob to this rifle:

general purpose about covers it- everywhere from John Wayne back in the day, to future apocolyptic stories... there you'll find a levergun.
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Old August 5, 2008, 12:08 AM   #1859
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Sadly, I'm no longer in the club. I was once a probationary member (Glenfield 30A), and endeavor to be once again, but not at present.
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Old August 5, 2008, 12:39 AM   #1860
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The one I choose was a reproduction of the 1917 enfield.
Kentucky, I'm a bit confused. You want to put a bayonet on a 336? Am I missing something here?

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you can never be kicked out, especially if you
care about owning another one.

(Remember: this club is not entirely about ownership.
Simply an interest makes you a club member.)

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to future apocolyptic stories
Got that right, JeepGeek.

Pirate, I gotta agree w/ others: I'd want matching furniture.

Given that both ends are in nice condition
(or so it seems), I'd see if you can pass one or both
along to others and find a matching set.

(If both were trashed, I'd go with CAR black,
but those look too nice to cover up with plastic.)
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Old August 5, 2008, 12:55 AM   #1861
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What is this CAR folks keep referring to?
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:04 AM   #1862
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C.A.R.

Cowboy Assault Rifle
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:20 AM   #1863
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The full story of an original CAR.
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:28 AM   #1864
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That term was confusing me, too.

The original carbine version of the M16 was called a "CAR".

Now they are refered to as "M4".
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:33 AM   #1865
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Just stopping by to sign up...

Is this ticket any good?...

336RC







That's how Marlin made 'em in 1948 (minus the Lyman).

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Old August 5, 2008, 01:40 AM   #1866
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Mongrel, that ticket is more than good.

Minimal wear on the receiver,
and what beautiful furniture.
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:43 AM   #1867
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Thank you sir!

It was love at first sight I tell ya, simply love at first sight.


When I get those crazy thought rolling around my head about "selling" anything, this one is NEVER on the list...



If the sun were out I could get the whole thing in, but alas it's a wee bit late for that...

Thanks again for the kind words.

(LOOK MA-no safety!!!)
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Old August 5, 2008, 02:14 AM   #1868
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When I get those crazy thought rolling
around my head about "selling" anything,
this one is NEVER on the list...
All in favor say, ay.

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Old August 5, 2008, 02:35 AM   #1869
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Man. That's some lovely walnut, Mongrel. Talk about a different era.

I took my 1969-vintage, new-to-me 336 (see a few posts above) to the range this weekend for a shakedown session. I had a ball. Smooth working action, nice trigger which was apparently factory stock (what was that I said about a different era?), shot right to the sights.

I'd never fired a .30-30 before. Some people like to compare it to the 7.62x39 (which I have fired in combloc semi-autos), but the .30-30 felt like a little more was going on. These Marlins don't weigh much. Especially the older ones like mine, which seem to have thinner stocks and handguards than the new 336s I see on the gun store racks. After about 25 rounds my shoulder was starting to feel it. I don't think I'd enjoy the cartridge as much in the lighter Winchester 94. This Marlin is just right.

What struck me most in handling and shooting the 336 was how nicely made these versatile rifles are -- good wood and forged steel. You get a lot for the modest used prices the guns still sell for.
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Old August 5, 2008, 02:39 AM   #1870
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What struck me most in handling and shooting the 336 was
how nicely made these versatile rifles are ...
Sig line material right there.
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Old August 5, 2008, 02:57 AM   #1871
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I've owned two 336's. The first was an economy version. I should have kept it.
The second was a really old one with a dovetailed in front sight. I sold it for some reason too.

Over the weekend I bought another 336, a really nice pre-safety one in 30-30. The only real wear is on the stock near the buttplate and a few scratches that look like they came from going into and out of a gun cabinet. There is hardly any wear on the bluing on the inside of the reciever, even the ejector and inside of the lever are still fully blued.

Cost me $239 and I think I did OK on it.
I'll probably add some kind of peep rear sight and put a flat post front on it and maybe have the trigger lightened, but even as it is right now I can tell it's a keeper. It also didn't kick as much as I remembered - maybe I was just a sissy-boy in my youth.

The real reason I bought the Marlin is as just a general purpose rifle. It's light and handy, inexpensive and durable, fires a pretty potent round that is commonly available, and should do very well for a whole range of needs with the exception of fighting an all out war (which is something I have no desire to be part of anyhow). After I get some more rounds through it it's going to become my "the dog is barking so I'd better go out on the porch and see what's up" gun.
IMO, it's a better choice for MY uses than the more highly advertised pump action 12 gauge.
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Old August 5, 2008, 09:33 AM   #1872
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Mongrel, looks like a first class ticket to me! Is that a Western (48?) knife?

I packed one of those around for years in my younger days. Great general purpose knife. It carried unnoticed on my belt due to its light weight and size, yet it handled fish, game, kitchen and camp duty with ease.

Goon, It amazes me that they can still be found for less than $300. Heck it would take a lot more than that to pry mine away from me and every time I see one for less than 250 I want to take it home...
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Old August 5, 2008, 10:46 AM   #1873
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JustsayMo, papajohn, Paintballdude902, and Nematocyst,

Thanks for the replies, I was afraid you'd all say something like that, although I was hoping you'd all say "Man, that's really unique! I wouldn't touch it!"

I've heard, too, that birch is difficult to stain, so I guess I'll have to find some new wood. I can't imagine why Marlin would put two such different pieces on a gun. I bought it because it was the last one at Walmart and I didn't have the patience to wait for them to get some more in.
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Old August 5, 2008, 12:22 PM   #1874
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Goon, It amazes me that they can still be found for less than $300. Heck it would take a lot more than that to pry mine away from me and every time I see one for less than 250 I want to take it home...
Yep, they're one of those guns that just seem too damn good for what you pay for them. The shop I bought mine at had another used one for the same price.
The other big shop in town has about a dozen ranging from $219 for a beater to $289 for the ones with half decent scopes mounted.
The third shop in town only had one 30-30. But... They had a Guide gun and a 1895M.

Oh how I would love to have a 1895 in .45-70...
But I'd need two - one standard one and one stainless guide gun. And then I'd want a back-up for each of them. Once I really get started on lever actions I'm going to need some serious income.
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Old August 5, 2008, 01:23 PM   #1875
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About my different color stock pieces, I just called Marlin customer service (something I should have done in the first place) and the customer service rep told me to send the pieces in and they would match 'em up. Good deal!
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