Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by PND, Oct 9, 2021.
There is a product called Birchwood Casey Tru Oil that works much better than straight BLO, in my opinion. You can buy just the Tru Oil or a kit with stain, Tru Oil, and Stock Sheen for the final finish. Multiple coats give a great protective finish on a wooden stock. Yes, remove all the existing finish first.
The Model 36 was an improvement over the Model 1893/93 and was followed by the Model 336 in 1948.
What else do you want to know?
Well, yeah, considering Marlin introduced microgroove in 1953.
. Once you refinish the stock it’ll look like it did 75 years ago.
Wipe it down with a little Kroil on a rag. And leave it alone.
Removing the original finish will ruin collector value.
The sights add character to it and also enhance value.
Leave it “as is” and SHOOT IT!
Join marlinowners.com and post pics there. They REALLY appreciate an older Marlin.
Marlin year of manufacture maybe determined from the following list of letter/numeral prefixs to the serial number; this coding only applies to serialized rifles:
I believe this is correct. Nice rifle op.
OP says most of the original finish is missing. If he intends to keep the rifle, collector value may not be relevant to his decision. I'm all for patina and originality but also believe the owner of a firearm should do what he wants with it. I'd refinish the stock. YMMV.
I’d just give them a wipe as stated. They look fine to me.
I got four replies to my post. Three LIKES, one naysayer.
I’m with the “likes”!
I agree. Clean it up, but don't try to refinish it. Leave it as is. I MIGHT go along with a complete refinish of wood and metal done by someone who is a pro. Any DIY project on that rifle will really hurt the value.
Those were considered a rifle, not a carbine. Actually barrel length has nothing to do with it. It is the end cap at the end of the fore end that makes it a rifle. If it had a barrel band it would be considered a carbine. They made rifles with short barrels and they are known as "short rifles". They made longer barreled carbines and they are known as carbines because they had barrel bands instead of an end cap.
The original 336A rifle with a 24" barrel and end caps are not common and worth a premium. Later, starting in the 1980's Marlin also labeled a rifle as a 336A, but it was their cheaper budget gun.
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