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Thinking about getting a Marlin 336

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by newglockguy, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. newglockguy

    newglockguy Member

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    I've been thinking about getting a 336 but a couple guys I know told me to get a 30-06. I plan on using it for hog and deer would the 30-30 suffice for that? I'm new to rifle's outside of the AR-15 family so any help would be great.
     
  2. Quentin

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    The 30-30 is a fine caliber for that. Of course .308 and 30-06 are better if you ever might go after larger game.
     
  3. jmr40

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    A 30-30 will certainly work, but you do have certain limits on useful range. For deer and hogs, at typical ranges you should be fine. But if you ever want to expand your hunting to longer ranges, or larger game a good bolt rifle in 30-06 or similar chamberings is far more versatile.
     
  4. soonerfan85

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    Get you a 336 in 35 Remington. A 200 gr piece of lead will do a number on a hog. About the same recoil as a 30-30 but carries more punch.

    If you hunt deer in open areas of Arizona you may well need a flater shooting cartridge than 30-30 or 35Rem. Though out to 125 yards either will hit minute of deer just fine and are quicker to the shoulder that most longer barreled bolt action rifles.
     
  5. RPRNY

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    30-06 is a lot of rifle for hogs . Most of your shooting will either be at night over bait, maybe 75 yards? And walking up through bottom land and scrub, where a lever gun will give you quicker follow up shots. I don't know what your deer ranges are but the 30-30 will take any deer in NA at the ranges 95% of people should be ethically hunting at, especially with Hornady's Leverevolution ammo and components. If you're a confident 300 yard shot and plan on hunting elk, moose, brown bear and such, the 30-06 will serve you well.
     
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    I have a 336C in 35 Remington and never worry that what I shot will end up dead.

    Jim
     
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    Great all around rifle, and easy to carry as well. I've never regretted getting mine.
     
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    I'd love to be able to hunt Hogs with my 336 30/30.
     
  9. Ehtereon11B

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    I have a 336 in .35 Remington. Great round but it is rather obscure for reloading purposes.
     
  10. JVaughn

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    Go for it! They have iron sights as well as accepting of scopes, so depending on your situation, you have options. I have always liked that feature. I have had my 336 for many years, no regrets.
     
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    I reload for my Marlin .35 Remington and I like the 200 Grain Remington Core-Lokt for deer. (38 grains of IMR 4064).
    In truth though, Hornady Leverlution factory loads are the AWSOME rounds in my rifle.
    3 shots ONE hole at 100yards.
     
  12. newglockguy

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    How much is a box of 35 Remington and is it hard to find?
     
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    Not especially hard to find but unfortunately the cost of ammo for the cheapest loads is approximately 2x that of 30-30

    For the handloader 35rem is the cheaper cartridge because you can shoot cheap plentifully 38/357 caliber bullets.




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    Been using a Marlin lever 30-30 for many, many years on white-tails. Though the 30-06 & 308 is a harder hitter.

    Beware that when Marlin was taken over by Remington that when they moved their 336/lines production plant their QC and product reliability took a big hit! Because most of their smiths that had been working on that production line didn't make the move. Also it took a while to get the tooling back into spec.
     
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    Great choice. I would love to pick one up myself but there are many other things higher on my want list right now. If you decide to buy new make sure you look the rifle over really closely. There has been some real horror stories with newer Marlins. With that being said though, I recently picked up a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun and it's a thing of beauty so don't get to reading the horror stories and think they're all bad.
     
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    I use the 200gr FTX rounds and 39.1gr of LR. Pretty good 1/2" groups.

    .35Rem will run you about $25-$30 for a box of 20.
     
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    I love my pre rem 336
     
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    If you can find a Marlin at a reasonable price, buy it and try it. I have had a few Marlins over the years and don't regret any of them. I have a few on my wish list right now.

    And if it's not for you, sell it. NBD.
     
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    Just goes to show you how opinions can confuse the issue. The 30-30 will do just fine. As far as an 30-06 is concerned, it`s a better all round weapon.
    More different loads. Longer range. Just more "power." You`ll figure it out.
     
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    I haven't had the pleasure of shooting a Marlin 30-30 but did get a 44 mag from my father (some decades older than the "Remlins").

    I love my 44 and would love to try a 30-30. I've shot a lot of guns but that little lever action (20 inch barrel but much shorter than my 22 inch barrel bolt action 22-250) has always been a favorite. My understanding is that it would be perfectly acceptable on hog or deer at 100 yards or less, but I defer to those with greater experience (basically, any outside bird hunting).
     
  21. TurkeyOak

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    A .30-30 is a great round in the woods. If you are shooting in open lands out west a .308 would be better.
    Look at used Marlins. Usually a bunch around and better quality then Marlingtons.
     
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    I have two Marlin 30-30s-one from 1968 and one from 71 or72(can't recall off the top of my head). They are basically identical. I have used both to kill multiple whitetail and my youngest son prefers them over all my other guns. I enjoy shooting them and virtually always I have a DRT animal.
    If I could only have one gun in my life and I was hunting deer and hogs then I would still go 30-06. More versatile as far as finding factory ammo in different bullet weights which is important because just about all of my rifles have a load they prefer. If you are really considering this then it is probably unlikely that you reload.
    Summary. 30-06 is the more versatile gun with more factory ammo available. The Marlin 336 30-30 "feels" better and is generally a lighter weapon plus it has a "cool" factor for me. Both are more than adequate for deer and hogs at 150 yards or so.
     
  23. Desertrat357

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    I absolutely love my marlin 336 in 30 W.C.F. I've only had it for a couple of years, but after I installed my rear peep sight accuracy is better than I can shoot it. Still, 1.5"-2" groups at 100 yards is more than enough accuracy in my opinion. In fact I will be taking mine hunting this fall and hopefully will be able to harvest a Muley up in north central Idaho :)
     
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    Love my 336

    I have a 336 in stainless steel chambered for 30-30. There is nothing like cycling that lever and putting the grand old 30-30 downrange. I took a black bear with mine with open sites in Canada. Dropped her like a stone. With the Lever revolution ammo the 30-30 has a bit more range and punch than is used to. But I will never knock the 35. I have never shot one, but heard great things.
     
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    The 30-30 round has been filling freezers with meat for a lot of years now. I have no doubt that it can take a hog with little trouble. If you are worried about it not having enough punch or range. As mentioned earlier the 35 Remington is also a good selection. If you still think you need more power. You can always get the 45/70. That should just about handle anything in North America. They are all available by Marlin.

    Jim
     
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