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The 336 Club

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AStone, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. the lone gunman

    the lone gunman Member

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    Have seen no posts at all about the 336 in 32 special like mine, are they rare item?
     
  2. AStone

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    A danger with certain acronyms

    It's a Monday, and I've just gotten to work, so I'll save more responses for later (and there's several great new posts to respond to ...) but just for now.

    NWA, I see you're fairly new to THR. Welcome.

    Please know that, in general these days at THR, the quickest way to get a thread shut down is to label it with the acronyms <whispering> SHTF/TEOTWAWKI or even to discuss the concept within the thread. "Why" is best discussed elsewhere. But suffice to say, in this thread, we'd prefer not to talk in those terms because we don't want to get the club house shut down and locked. :uhoh:

    So, if it's OK with you, let's just say you're looking for a good, all-purpose utility rifle that would be suitable for use in a wide variety of social and environmental conditions and leave it at that. ;)

    And, what you'll hear here is, 336 in .30-30 is one among many fine rifles for such an all-purpose utility rifle. :cool:

    Nem
     
  3. electrode1998

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    Hey Nem,
    Here is pic #1. My 336 A looked just like yours before I started and now it looks like this.
    I am going to use 3 posts to post all of my pics I have right now.
     

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  4. electrode1998

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    Hey Nem.
    Here is pic #2.
    I have to resize of my pics. It came out too big in memory to be posted. I'll have to try to work with that and post it later.
    The tower in this pic is about 168 yards away.
     

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  5. electrode1998

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    Hey Nem,
    I think I got the resizing o.k.
    Here is pic #3 and this shows the colors of the stock pretty good, I hope.
    E'trode
     

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  6. DouglasW

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    Here's an older thread on the Marlin 30-30's usefulness as a....good, all-purpose utility rifle (nice one, Nem): http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=215067

    You might notice a few familiar usernames from the 336 club over there too :p

    Speaking of which...please add one more to the club. I just picked up a new-to-me 336W this evening, and I'm quite pleased with how it handles/feels. Can't wait to get to the range!
     
  7. AStone

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    Douglas, welcome to the club (officially now). Congrats on the new W. Ain't it grand to just feel one for the first time? Let us know your impressions after range time.

    NWAttorney, Lone Gunman, Cato and 'Wolf, welcome as well. Glad you've joined us.

    Lone'G, I don't think I've ever read/heard of a 336 in .32. Do know its age? Got pics?

    Falcon, neat imagery. Nice art. For a group interested in a classic rifle, we be stylin'!

    Z, thanks for the additional tips on zeroing at 25 and 100. Makes good sense. Yeah, I think I'll add a scope to it soon, zero, then work on the GR's after that.

    E'trode, nice looking rifle! Very interesting.

    Would you please remind us of some particulars (to keep me from having to search back through the thread): barrel length (18, I think), scope (Leupold, right?) and finish on the stock/fore end (very unique looking, but i can't remember how you did it).
     
  8. Brassman

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    For a decent article on the 32 Win.sp go here: www.gmdr.com/lever/32wstext.htm. This is mostly about the cartridge, but mention of Marlin & Winchester being producers of rifles in that caliber is made.
     
  9. Brassman

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    There is talk that the 35Rem. cartridge may fall by the wayside in the future. If I'm thinking correctly, Marlin is the only company still producing in this caliber. I know that's true for levers, but maybe for all long arms. Anyway, I'm covered since anytime I see new brass at gun shows for under $20 per 100, I buy a bag. Usually the prices are around $25-$30 for 100.
     
  11. Mannlicher

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    I have several Marlin lever guns. Most are 336 model rifles.
    My oldest is a 30-30 1949 RC, then there is a 1954,(converted to 30-30 Ackley)
    a 1957 Straight stock in .35 Rem was my most recent purchase, pictured here.
    The newest model I have is a 336Y, Spikehorn. Thats my favorite at this time.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. electrode1998

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    Hey Nem.,
    The particulars are stock barrel just like yours, Leupold scout scope, and the stock and forend were bought on ebay and are actually a marlin factory stock.
    I just removed the butt plate this weekend and installed the recoil pad. I kept the butt plate since it was even camo in finish.
     
  13. AStone

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    Every once in a while, just out of curiosity, I open Rifle Country, then click on "Views".
    That action ranks all the currently active threads in rifle country by number of views.

    Consistently, this thread about the 336 ranks at or near the top of the list.

    Tonight, we're at the top (just below the stickies) at 12,811 views.

    I find this fascinating in an age of AK, AR, long-range bolt guns, etc,
    that a "lowly" lever gun can garner so much attention.

    I struggle to understand it.

    Opinions?
    ________

    In other news, the first hard rain in months
    in a normally rainy season is falling on my roof.

    My 336 stands nearby ...

    Nem
     
  14. AStone

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    Having said that hours earlier,
    I'll say this now:

    My 870P stands closer than my 336.

    If push came to shove
    1 sec, 1 min, 1 hr, 1 day
    from now, I'd grab the 870P.

    My main issue with the 336:
    it doesn't "close" completely
    after an action cycle.

    That is, when I cycle it,
    50% of the time, the lever doesn't "close" against the stock.
    (Experienced users will understand what that means.)

    A competent smith
    will be able to smooth the action.

    But until that happens,
    I'll keep the 870P closer.
    It closes every time.

    S'huck s'huck.

    That's what I want
    my 336 to sound like,
    let alone the '895.

    Nem
     
  15. Appsy

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    Add me to the club just picked up my 336 in 30-30 put on a 3-9 scope on a wever base with QD mounts and this thread is way ahead of the rest in the view department but its got me stuffed to
     
  16. AStone

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    Mannlicher and Appsy,
    welcome.
     
  17. Brassman

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    Nem

    Why levers? Ditto what I just said over on the 39A thread. Plus the 336 is even easier to clean than the 39A, in my opinion. I don't know of another long arm that is that easy to get cleaned up.
     
  18. chad1043

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    Is there a plicker round available for the 30-30? Who makes it? talking a complete cartirdige.
     
  19. Sniper X

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    I went out last weekeend for the great lever and single action shoot. I took both the 336RC (30-30), and the Winnie in .357mag, and both of my SAA's, the AWA Longhorn, and the Uberti Cattlemen, both in .45 cColt.

    I can sum up the day in one word FUN! We took the digi cam, but I had let the girlfreind use it last and she had the card still in her computer at work so no pics were had! ARRRGH! I guess I will just have to go out again next weekend to do it all over again!


    BTW, that 336RC.....WOW! accurate, and so nice and fun to shoot! I was easily hitting the clays off hand at 100 yards! Not flying of course, I aint that good!
     
  20. Sniper X

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    Chad, would that be PlinKer round?

    If so not really unless you get a killer deal on something like bulk ammo. Most "plinker" rounds in levers are .357mag so you can do .38spl.

    30-30 is a little pricy, but I DID get 10 boxes from one of the Wally's here in Albuquacky when they closed their sporting goods dept. for $4.00 a box!
     
  21. Z_Infidel

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    Hitting a clay pidgeon offhand at 100 yards is darn good shooting.
     
  22. JustsayMo

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    Ultimate plinking round

    30 caliber Plinking loads

    You technically don't even need to be a reloader to do this. The old LEE loader (less than $20 on ebay) helps but other tools and devises will work.

    -Take a case, sized is best but a fired case from the rifle it will be used will work, and deprime it. Again the Lee Loader is handy but a slender punch and a hole in a block of wood will work.

    -Prime the case ( $0.02 at current prices). Lee Loader works well. Lee Autoprimer even better but I've pressed them in with a vise/ primer wide punch too...

    -Scoop a 22lr shell's worth of Bullseye powder and dump in in your 30-30 empty case... A pound will give you more than 2,000 shots or about $0.01 per.

    -Press a buckshot ball, which ever size (I can't recall at this moment) is closest and above to .308", with your thumb so it is seated ~ half way. I haven't purchased these in a long time so I don't know what they cost. I'm guessing less than $0.02 each.

    Open the lever, toss in the cartridge (I don't have a 336 that will feed it from the magazine), close the lever, aim at can, dirt clod, pine cone, grouse /squirrel/bunny (where legal of course), vermin, bullseye or whatever safe and fun target you can think of and fire. It will penetrate more than 1" into a Douglas fire 4x beam or about the same as a 22lr round, only with a larger diameter...

    This load will be accurate out to about 25 yards and in my 336's shoots a little low from my 100 yard full power zero (1 or 2 notches on the rear open sights). It'll cost you less than a nickle per shot and is amazingly accurate considering how low tech it is. It is rimifire quiet with NO recoil. YOu can reload the same case indefininately (as far as I know) and if you show this to your kids, you'll not likely get your rifle back until you're out of powder or out of shot. Be sure to supervise and caution them about the powder amount. At this low level it is safe. A case full of bullseye would cause injury and damage or worse.

    It is a little dirty and a good cleaning is needed before you go back to your full-on loads for best accuracy. But for "backyard" shooting in your 30 caliber rifle inexpensively with a high degree of fun factor... This load will perform.

    DO NOT USE MORE POWDER!!! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. VERIFY this load through other sources. All disclaimers apply here. Just because I've used it in most of my 30 caliber rifles doesn't mean your 30 cal is man enough, etc. yada yada disclaimer...

    Other inexpensive, fun and accurate "plinking" loads for this caliber and others at www.gmdr.com
     
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  23. ZeSpectre

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    Count me in. I've got money down on a barely used (LNIB) pawn shop 336C with scope and I'll go collect it on Monday :) Of course my SKS is already mad at me.
     
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  24. scrat

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    Well i own 2 marlins too. Same time i dont think my house needs another gun after 13 you start trying to find out where to put them all. then some you just never have the time to shoot. Love my winchester. Same time though i like my marlins too.
     
  25. CrackerJim

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    I see Midway has a sale going including the Marbles tang sight. Does anyone have experience with the Marbles unit?

    I'm interested in the tang sight but want to know if gunsmithing is required to mount it on the 336.

    Thanks for any help.

    Jim
     

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