Marlin 336CS .35 Rem opinions?

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  1. Milamber

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    I went out to buy a Wally World Marlin 336W in 30-30, a buddy of mine asked what I was doing and when I told him he offered me a 336CS in .35 Rem for $250.

    I went and bought 20 rounds to try it out and caught a sticker shock. $29.95 for .35 v $17.99 for 30-30. In a hundred or so rounds I have paid the extra for a new one in 30-30. Question is is it worth it. The 336CS was made in '83. And looks fine. No checkering on the stock etc.

    I reload and shoot quite a bit. I am intending to put a Vortex 1-4 scope on the rifle. I did some quick arithmetic on reloaded and it seems I am 6cents more on the .35

    Opinions? The wife said buy both! Gotta love her.
     
  2. horsemen61

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    Get the 35 if I didn't have other commitments at the moment I would ask for his number I love mine :D
     
  3. jyeatts

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    No difference in efficacy. Good thing you hand load for cost. I was slightly saddened to hear that you will scope that woods rifle.
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    Most of my rifles have never had a single round of "store-bought" ammo through them. If you handload, and the difference is only $.06 between .30-30 and .35 Rem, I'd go with the .35 Rem -- just to intimidate the other guys in deer camp.:evil:
     
  5. ColeK

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    I like the way your wife thinks!!!

    Get the 35R for sure!!!

    I would forget the scope and get a good peep sight.
     
  6. Hillbillyz

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    Buy the .35 you will never regret it.
     
  7. jmr40

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    The 336CS is a much, much better quality rifle than a new production 336W. For a 1983 rifle at that price you are stealing it. I've seen those selling for $400 and approaching $500.

    Don't believe for a second that the 35 is any better than 30-30 though. But it also isn't really any worse and it is a cool round that is not really common.
     
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    35 YEP the way to go:)
     
  9. viking499

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    Get the 35.
     
  10. MrBorland

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    A 336 in .35Rem for $250? And you reload? :eek: It's a no-brainer.

    While you're at it, buy some cast .357 bullets to load up some plinker or small game loads. Rifles in .35 caliber are pretty versatile.
     
  11. morcey2

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    I'd be all over it. I'd have probably offered the guy $300 just to soothe my conscience a little bit. Unless it had been run over or buried in the woods or something, it'd definitely be worth it.
     
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    Since you reload, and assuming you can deer hunt with it, the .35 is an easy choice for me. Not that I have anything against the 30-30, just something cool about the .35... And my guess is the $0.06 difference in reloading cost will be negligible given the relatively small number of rounds most of these type guns see in their lifetimes.
     
  13. John828

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    At $250, you're getting a good deal assuming the rifle is even in average shape. I bought one a month ago and love it. I bought six boxes of ammo just so I would have brass. Apparently, brass is a seasonal run.
     
  14. Bezoar

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    i dont know most factory loads in 35 remington SUCK.
     
  15. BSA1

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    Forget the scope and put a rear peep sight on it such as Williams or Skinner. Makes for a great deer and hog gun.

    Reloading saves you a bundle.
     
  16. back40

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    at that price i'd definitely buy the .35. much better gun and since you handload, the cartidge makes little difference. buy a few boxes of factoy and you'll be set for a while.
     
  17. Walkalong

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    Pretty much.

    Mine

    Gave the .30-30 to my son.
     
  18. Jason_W

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    That's an amazing price for a rifle in good condition.

    The .35 is a great choice for the deer hunter who might also encounter larger game, or if the deer in your area tend to be big.

    The biggest down side to the .35 Rem is the limited selection of ammo and components. There aren't that many bullets specifically designed for the .35 Rem and if you live in an area with a no lead mandate, you'll be out of luck unless you can make a Barnes .357 mag bullet work.
     
  19. Saddlebag Preacher

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    My dad bought a 336 .35 in 1986. He killed a record non-typical whitetail the next year. Dropped where he shot it. Since he has passed away, I have the mount in my living room and the gun in my cabinet. I have taken it hunting every year I get to deer hunt since 2003 and have killed 2 with it, both one shot drops 70-75 yards out. Dad took the non-typical with the core-lok rounds, and I took my first one with a core-lok and the second with a Leverevolution from Hornady. Great rifle.
     
  20. medic15al

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    I agree the Williams or Lyman receiver peep makes for a fine woods gun, but my eyes thru age and the beetus (diabetes) have made it necessary to use a glassed optic to help brighten and see better for my shot placement.

    My favorite setup whil young hunting in close in woods was a Peep sighted model 94 In 30/30. Now I am looking for a forward mount over the buckhorn rear sight area.
     
  21. SHOOTER1969

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    A 1983 Marlin 336 in 35Rem is a steal. Any older Marlin with JM marked on the barrels is of good quality. Since Remington took over Marlin a few years ago I would not touch a new one.
     
  22. herrwalther

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    I have the 336CS in .35Rem and it is a great rifle and cartridge. Do not get the "Remlin" 336W, you will not be as happy with the older Marlin. I am also a heathen because I put a scope on my Marlin, a Leupold VXIII which it is very accurate with. You can greatly offset the cost of ammo by reloading, .35Rem is a rather forgiving cartridge to learn on.
     
  23. MyRoad

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    I recently inherited my dad's early 80's 336 in .35rem, and it was still in the original box, with the price tag still on it. What your friend is asking for it is twice what it cost new, and half what its worth now (first statement fact, second statement opinion). Just as a reference.
     
  24. razorback2003

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    That will make an excellent deer and black bear rifle. Good price too. 35 remington is all you need in a good bit of this country.
     
  25. rodinal220

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    The 30-30 is a great cartidge...but the 35 rem is a Death Ray...buy it.
     
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