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The 336 Club

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

  1. kragluver

    kragluver Member

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    Probably an anamoly. I and others have had good luck with Marlin service -- you might just try giving them a call.

    I have an 1895 standard rifle (22" barrel) that I bought 3 years ago -- it is a very nice rifle for the money. Fit and finish is tops and its a good shooter.
     
  2. Z_Infidel

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    My last Marlin purchase was a 336XLR some time in '06, and the fit and finish are excellent. One of the nicest rifles I've owned, actually. I agree that poor workmanship on a new Marlin is probably the exception to the rule.
     
  3. wulfbyte

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    Well to enumerate: the underside of the bolt is extremely rough and unfinished; the rear of the bolt does not sit flush against the receiver, the left side is noticeably extending beyond the receiver while the right side is flush; the bolt face is rough and has a couple of small dings in it; the lever looked as if it were a poor casting with many rough and sharp edges where it engaged the bolt; the whole of the interior was very dirty with what looked like carbon fouling, oil and solvent.

    I know that if I contact Marlin, they will be wanting the whole rifle sent to them and I'm not sure if I want to go without it for the turn around time it will take as well as the expense of the shipping and insurance. (I've been wanting a replacement for my 444P for a long time.)

    I've not taken an opportunity to fire it yet, so I don't know if any of these admittedly small things will affect the operation at all.

    Perhaps after I run a couple hundred rounds through it, it will all smooth out, so I will wait and see. It does make me wish that the small, family gun stores we used to have around here were still open. I shopped there when I had the money in the past and now that I have the money again, they aren't there.

    I'm certain that had I the opportunity to take the action apart while at the store I would have asked for a different gun, but it was a big box store and the price couldn't be beat so I jumped a bit faster than I should have and trusted the Marlin name.
     
  4. chad1043

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    You should still trust their name. I would put a call into their service department. I hear you on the turn around, but take some pics and sen them to them. They might end up paying for the whole transfer.

    Chad
     
  5. cane

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    There's a 336RC, straight grip with saddle ring, in the San Antonio Bass Pro Store for $349.00.
     
  6. AStone

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    Haven't posted here in a while.

    Nice to see the club house still standing.
    (Not even much mud on the coffee table.)

    No disinterest implied.
    Just no days off in more than 2 months.
    (Business overhaul, 12 - 16 hr days, 24/7 ...)

    I miss shooting my 336.
    Haven't even sighted the XS GR's yet ...

    Won't get to deer hunt this year.
    (Too poor; no time; see "business overhaul".)

    But still, that rifle hangs only a few meters from here,
    easily within grasp, loaded with alternating 150s and 170s.

    The action is smooth after the home action job.
    (Described on some page before this one.)

    I'll bet it will smooth up an 1894, also ...

    39,901 views.

    Bump.

    N ~ 6001 ...
     
  7. possom813

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    I just bought a 336 today, scored a heckuva pawn shop deal. I don't know which version it is, and my brain won't comprehend the differences right now.

    Anyway, it fires well and is pretty accurate for the first 5 rounds. But I noticed when I started cleaning it that the trigger wiggles. When the hammer is cocked it tightens up, but you can still push it forward maybe 1/16-1/8 of an inch. Is that normal? I don't see it affecting the rifle in anyway, I just don't know if it's normal.

    It's got a gold trigger if that makes any difference.

    -John
     
  8. AStone

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    Welcome in, Possom.

    I'll let others with more technical knowledge than mine comment more on the trigger wiggle, but the trigger on my nearly brand new 336 has very significant "wiggle". With the lever closed, I can push it forward at least 1/4".
    (Never really noticed that before you mentioned it and I checked mine.)

    As to which flavor you have, once you post some images :D, we'll be able to help you figure that out. (We can do it without images, too, but it's easier and more fun with pics.

    Nem
     
  9. possom813

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    I did a double check on the trigger, it's actually moving about 1/4 of an inch. Also, it can be moved slightly side to side, not a lot, but a little.

    Here are the best pics I have for now, I haven't taken time to completely disassemble it yet for a deep clean.

    EDIT: I picked it up with a tasco 4x32 scope mounted on it, and I got a Bushnell 3-9x32 scope w/weaver mounts and a disney movie out the door for $198.00. I think I was charged 175 for the rifle and the other 23 was the Bushnell scope and I got the movie for free.
     

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  10. AStone

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    Possom, my guess from the images: it looks like either a C or W. Has a barrel band like C and W (rather than fore end cap like A). Gold trigger suggests W. But that white spacer at the buttplate looks more like C. But that swivel sling attachment way up on the magazine doesn't look like either one.

    Could be some other version. Others may be able to tell better than me.

    [Added by edit: look at the stamped words on the left side of the barrel just above the fore end. What all does it say there?]

    In any case, if the action and inner barrel are in good shape, then I'd say you scored.

    Congrats.

    Was the Disney movie "Bambi" by any chance? :)
     
  11. possom813

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    Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. My daughter has to be in a traction setup for at least 22 hours a day for the next few months so board games, disney movies, dora, and spongebob help to pass the time. However; she does get to sneak out of it a couple of times a week to spend time with me and her bb gun.

    -John
     
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    The Marlin Firearms Company North Haven, Conn USA
    EST.1870-Micro-Groove Barrel-MOD.336 CAL 30-30 WIN
     
  13. AStone

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    Best wishes to your daughter in healing, Possom.

    Suggests an older gun, before they started to indicate the specifics of model.

    Mine, for example, specifies 336A.
     
  14. possom813

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    According to the Marlin website it was manufactured in 1981. So it's a keeper, we've got the same birthyear.

    -John
     
  15. AStone

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    Excellent.
     
  16. Brassman

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    Somewhere on thefiringline.com about 2 years ago I remember reading about the infamous Marlin trigger wobble or wiggle. Of course, the people talking about it were dyed-in-the-wool Winchester fans. I would guess from their discussion that having the trigger wiggle is common for a Marlin. All 3 of mine have the malady. I still love 'em, though.
     
  17. Z_Infidel

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    The wiggle is totally normal with a Marlin and doesn't affect function. Some owners who want a better trigger will choose the Happy Trigger kit from Wild West Guns as an upgrade, but I've never found it necessary on my guns. My 336C did have some tuning work done on it, however.
     
  18. DDawg

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    I need to post a pic of my 336. Until this last weekend, every deer I ever killed was with 336 35 cal
     
  19. BamBam-31

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    Okay, finally got around to taking a pic of my 336C. :)

    Topped it off with a Weaver K2.5. A real slick shooter, this one.

    [​IMG]
     

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  20. AStone

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    Very nice, Bam.

    Good sling choice, too.
    (... 'cept you got it on upside down ... :p)
     
  21. BamBam-31

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    I actually might take it on a pig hunt in a couple of weeks. When I do, I'll turn the sling around just for you. ;)
     
  22. AStone

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    ;)

    Those pigs can be really fast.
    They can come out of nowhere at you.

    Carrying it African style could give one an advantage,
    as long as you practice mounting it from that position before the hunt.
    (I find it much faster and more intuitive than American carry.
    My left hand rides on the fore end.
    Pull up with left hand, flip it over, right hand to pistol grip, shoulder.
    Alls ya gotta do is remember to keep the barrel out of the dirt ...)
     
  23. BBsteel

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    Just picked up a 336A today and also just ran across this thread. From the posts here I think I'm going to like this rifle. This will be my first lever gun. Shooting it tomorrow and can't decide if I want the factory scope on it or not.
     
  24. ZeSpectre

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    I had the same issue. Finally left it on but that's mostly because my eyes are starting to age a bit. I consider the factory scope to be a decent unit but I suppose the real test will be my first hunt this year.
     
  25. avmech

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    Anybody having problems getting on the Marlin Owner's Forum?
     

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