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336 cleaning question

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by NIGHTWATCH, May 28, 2003.

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  1. NIGHTWATCH

    NIGHTWATCH Member

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    Is the Marlin 336 lever action rifle a problem to clean and lube? Thanks. :)
     
  2. Kaylee

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    depends on how persnickity you wanna be. I generally just run a bore snake down from the action end, dot a little oil here and there and call it good.

    For spring cleaning, it's easy enough to pull the bolt assembly out and get in there with a toothbrush or som'n.. ya just open up the action, unscrew the screw holding the lever in, pull the lever away from the gun, then pull out the bolt.

    Not something I'd do after every range trip though.

    -K
     
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    I shoot mine frequently and remove the bolt every time I clean. open the lever to about 90*, remove the one screw at the pivot, pull the lever straight out from the bottom, put gun on side with ejection port up. Bolt slides out the back. Take note of how the ejector is sitting loose in its channel in the receiver.

    Reassembly is straightforward with no tricks, provided the ejector hasn't popped out unnoticed; if it did, just put it back. You'll want to take it out to wipe down the internals anyways.

    These guns work themselves loose, so give all the screws a twist to make sure they're tight.
     
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    Ditto larryw's comments and practices. For me, the primary attraction of Marlin vs. Winchester is ease of cleaning.
     
  6. NIGHTWATCH

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    Now, what I would like to know is if there are any instructional videos out there that you know of on this subject. Cleaning/lubrication/care of the 336? Thanks again. :)
     
  7. treeprof

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    Well, I think you can get an AGI video on Marlins
    (http://www.americangunsmith.com/), but I just clean my bore from the breech end, scrub out the receiver after removing the bolt and ejector, and lightly re-lube the moving parts. I think you'll find they're actually pretty straightforward. Also, the owner's manual is pretty good on care and what-not, and Marlin wil send you one if you need.
     
  8. HerbG

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    "Take note of how the ejector is sitting loose in its channel in the receiver. "
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    I haven't handled a 336 in quite some time, but isn't there a screw that secures the ejector in place? Seems like the screw goes through the left side of the receiver and holds secures ejector. As I remember, if the ejector is loose, it can cause the bolt to bind. Maybe I'm getting more forgetful than usual!
     
  9. larryw

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    Not the ones I've played with. The ejector is V shaped with a pin at the apex. There's a channel in the receiver with a hole drilled at the back of the receiver that fits the ejector's pin. One arm of the V is a spring leaf that fits into the channel so it can spring back and forth with the movement of the bolt. IIRC, Brownells has a drawing that shows this better than I can describe
     
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    Will a Marlin 1894 come apart (and go back together) this same way?
     
  12. larryw

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    Yes, exactly the same (square vs. round bolt, but that's the extent of it). Every so often you'll want to break it down and clean all the gunk out of the bottom of the receiver, magazine, etc. This page will tell you how to do that. You'll probably find everything you need to know about the care and feeding of your lever gun there.
     
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