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The 336 Club

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

  1. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Member

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    I had the Williams with the firesight on mine. Great sight picture and visability but mine printed very high even with the rear sight adjusted all the way down. Newer Marlins might be different.

    Another thing I didn't like about the firesight was it does take up a lot of space in the sight picture. That made precision aiming difficult. With the Ghost ring (appeture removed) I was better but I had equal or better groups with the stock open sights.

    A higher front sight would solved it but I didn't try. YMMV
     
  2. Brassman

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    Just saw the post over on the 642 Club.
    I sure am glad you started this 336 Club. I have two 336's, one of each caliber, .30-30 and 35 Remington. Both are very accurate, especially the 35. I mostly use my own reloads. The .30-30 loves the Speer 100 gr. plinker over IMR 4064, and clover-leafs at 25 yards. The 35 loves 158 gr. LSWC (I know that's a 38sp or .357 mag. bullet, but it works fine), also over IMR 4064. I have kept both of these with iron sights, but may eventually have to scope them due to my older eyes not seeing as well. These have a little brother in a 39A, which I have already scoped with a Simmons 3X9. It's gonna be good to to read about all their lever-action cousins now. Thanks for starting the show!:)
     
  3. mattw

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    Seeing scopes on winchester '94s makes me realize just how true this statement I made earlier was. Putting a scope on a '94 is evil! You ruin the lines of that classic rifle. Real cowboys never had glass!

    I'll buy a Marlin 336 with a pistol grip stock to put a scope on. :neener:
     
  4. ReadyontheRight

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    As a proud owner of two 336s in 30-30, I'd like to join the club.

    I just read recently that the 336 is an even better firearm than I realized because you can remove the bolt and clean from the breech. Does anyone have the detailed description of how to do this?
     
  5. AStone

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    Matt, I'm thinking I'll put a Leupold 2.5X 28mm scout scope on this one.

    Brass & Ready, welcome to the club.

    Brass, I bought my 39A a week before my 336A arrived.
    What an amazingly sweet gun.

    Ready, here's a reasonable THR thread that'll help you get that bolt out.
    I've done it once already (before I shot it the first time),
    and it was easier than taking down my 39A.
     
  6. Logan5

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    Hmm... as far as I can recall, I've got a 336 CS, a 336 RC, and a Marlin-Glenfield 30 GT. I'll have to get some photos of each for comparison. According to the intertron, they date from 1989, 1948, and 1980. I'm not sure that's correct, or I'd try to add a "how to figure out the year of manufacture" post.

    I used the Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlin_336) for the Marlins, but apparently with the Marlin-Glenfields, one subtracts the first two digits of the SN from 2000 after approximately 1970?
     
  7. chorlton

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    Nematocyst-870 - thanks for the info on all the 336 variants. I was all set to go with the 336c, and didnt realise the others were made from Birch (havent looked close enough to see the grain yet). I'm not really a fan of the gold trigger on the C either (or the price tag) so I'm going to have a re-think. I'm also into the minimalist thing, and hope to end up with the 336, and 870 and my beloved SP101. I think those three cover most needs (and match my wallet!).
     
  8. Sistema1927

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    I guess that I am eligible to join all of the clubs! (See, dear, there really is a good reason to own so many guns. :) )

    My 1975 vintage 336 is the "bees knees" with a set of XS Ghost Ring sights.
     
  9. JustsayMo

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    Readyontheright,
    Disassembly is very easy on the 336, 1895,1894 and basicly the same.

    1-Make sure the rifle is unloaded! Duh...
    2-I lay it on it's left side on a padded tabletop.
    3-Pull hammer back
    4-Slightly open the lever. Enough that enough of the bolt projects beyond the receiver to grab.
    5-Unscrew the lever retention screw. USE the CORRECT size screwdriver!
    6-Pull lever out.
    7-Pull bolt out
    8-Remove ejector spring (a little "V" shaped piece) that is compressed by the bolt and fits in a little groove. There is some variation in style of springs but they are all basicly the same. Note it's location. In some there is a little hole and the spring has a knub tha fits in it. Others there is just an area machined out and the ejector sits on top. It self aligns.

    Reassembly- just as easy. Just make sure the ejector is aligned in the reciever and in the groove on the left side of the bolt.
    Slide the bolt in most of the way. DON'T force it. It goes in fairly easy when aligned.
    Replace lever, align the holes
    Replace the screw.

    Ready for more shootin'
     
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  10. Z_Infidel

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    Count me in! I own two 336 models, both in .30-30.

    My 336C has been customized by Mic McPherson: barrel shortened, mag tube also shortened and barrel band replaced with hanger (the gun has a similar look to a Guide Gun only with pistol grip stock), action job, "through-bolt" system and tune-up for accuracy. What a sweet handling little carbine this gun is! Mic does nice work and is a pleasure to do business with.

    I also have a 336XLR that is stock except for the sights. This rifle was plenty accurate right out of the box and the barrel and mag tube lengths are already the way I like them so I see no need to modify it. I truly believe the laminate stocks have a positive effect on the gun's accuracy. I haven't tried the LeveRevolution ammo, but it shoots regular .30-30 ammo just fine.

    Both of these rifles have XS Ghost Ring sights installed. I find they provide very quick sight alignment and are visible in most light conditions. They are also well made and durable.

    Overall, I'd say the 336 models fill the role they were designed for very well. Plus, they're downright fun to shoot!
     
  11. JustsayMo

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    Tip: That closed cell foam packing sheeting that is used to protect items inside the box for shipping works GREAT for padding the table top and protecting the table and rifle. It's grippy, wipes up clean and no solvent I use has harmed it. Folds up for easy storage.

    I use a rifle length strip folded in half lengthwise.
     
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  12. Essex County

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    I'll jump into the pool also. I've had eight or ten over the years in 30-30, 32 Special and .35 Remington. Just passed on an early '50s .32 on to my son as it was his grandfathers. This leaves me with a Marlin .44 Magnum as my only leaver gun. I have been making the rounds of my local shops looking for a 336C with just the right amount of patina. It'll show up sooner or later and I'll pounce..........Essex
     
  13. Hokkmike

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    Just to stir discussion......

    Except to get the western flavor, or maybe to pick up one of the "shortie" levers, I can see no advantage to owning a 336. MAYBE as a saddle gun they are superior, but for other hunting applications give me a bolt! (I have owned and shot many levers in my lifetime) My first ever gun was a Win. model 94 in .32 special. I do believe the Marlins have that beat, however. But, to each, his own I suppose.
     
  14. ugaarguy

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    Well in some areas you can't hunt with a semi and a levergun is unquestionably faster than a bolt gun. If you're hunting wild pigs you definetlly want quick follow up shot capability. Even in 30-30 a 336 holds 6 rounds in the tube vs. the 3 or 4 in a typical bolt gun's box magazine. 30-30 Win is also one of the most widely available ammo types out there. Even against a short bolt gun like a Model 7 or Model 70 a levergun handles faster for most people. Leverguns in general are just great all around firearms.
    You might want to re-read your sig line.
     
  15. Hokkmike

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    ugaarguy....my post is all in fun. Not meant to mean spirited.
     
  16. oregonhunter

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    Hokkmike
    The reason I have my marlin is because it is fun to shoot and cheap to shoot. I also love it for the woods of oregon especially when I need to get down and dirty in the thick woods. Why would I bring my $1500 rifle into those thick woulds in the rain just to get it damaged, Besides I would never need to take a shot out of my 30-30's range in them woods. If I am in central oregon were there are open spaces I'll bring my 30-06.
     
  17. Bob79

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    I bought a Marlin 336A several months back, and have yet to fire it. This is my first rifle ever, and if I like it I've already told myself I'm getting a matching 1894C to go with all my S&W revolvers in 357. The 336A cost me only $330 shipped, transferred, etc, and that was NIB so it's a good deal to me. I'm going to an outdoor range w/ a friend once the weather breaks, got about 300 rounds of different ammo, including one box of the new Hornady leverevolution ammo.
     
  18. AStone

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    Hokkmike, that's cool. :cool:

    I hope this thread is gonna be a ton of fun.

    But, you have to admit, without emoticons, your question was kinda like walking into a western Wyoming bar late on Friday night, at a crossroads in ranch country, with a bunch of F-250's and 350's parked outside, and shouting "Except to get the western flavor, I can see no advantage to owning an F-X50. I'd rather own a dump truck."

    I'd make sure you're smiling in a joking way when you say it,
    and I suggest immediately ordering the next round of pitchers. :D :p

    Seriously, though, it did what you intended: it stirred up a relevant discussion. (Thanks for that. ;) )

    Why do we like 336 so much?

    I'd start with what Uga said - full agreement from me. I can add a few more thoughts as well,
    but I'm at work (or need to be :uhoh: ), so I'll hold off on that part.

    One last point though relevant to my decision to get a 336 as my main center fire rifle given the fact that .30-30 has been criticized for decades as "inadequate". The idea has been perpetuated that if you ain't got an XD-900 bolt gun in .503 magnum, you ain't got squat.

    Here's a thread - called "Why do some guys bad mouth the .30-30?"
    - that convinced me to quit listening to the critics and buy one.
    It's not just about 336s, of course, but relates to why
    I see a decided advantage to owning a 336 in .30-30.

    Nem
     
  19. B.D. Turner

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    Count me in. The 336 has to be in the top 5 guns sold in the US. I never plan to be without one.
    The last man walking planet earth will have a 336 Marlin in his hand.
     
  20. D-Man

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    How is the 336 different from the 1894 series? Is it just that the 336's are chambered in a larger rifle caliber?
     
  21. Dr.Rob

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    The 336 Bolt is round, and fully supported in the receiver. The 1894 has a flat bolt that relies on a lot less metal. The 336 is much stonger.
     
  22. FXR

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    Oh man...you guys are killing me. I used to own a 336 but in a fit of stupidity I sold it. Now I have to buy another one.

    Great rifles! I'm envious.
     
  23. .45Guy

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    Can we start a subgroup for 36 owners as well?
     
  24. WJR

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    I have a Marlin Spikehorn or 336Y. I love the shorter barrel. I have XS sights on it, next step is the XS scope mount and Leupold Scout scope.

    Count me in as a member of the club.

    WJR
     
  25. tubeshooter

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    Obligatory club member post....


    I have a peep sight and a green fiber-optic front. Works pretty good. Definitely one of my classier guns. And to think I was considering selling! Glad I didn't.

    As far as I'm concerned, you are "grandfathered" in already.... :cool:
    But if you want your own subgroup, that's fine too.
     

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