You poor poor Marlin 336a... what have they done to you?

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  1. Ugly Sauce

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    I doubt if anyone would notice, let alone "miss" the waffle top. Only a few of us true gun-nutz would have any idea of what the waffle top was, and if a rifle should have it or not.
     
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  2. doubleh

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    I believe you are probably right. Not being much of a fan of lever action rifles I didn't even know there was such a thing as a "waffle top" and don't really care one way or the other now that I do.
     
  3. Ugly Sauce

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    Right, don't think it would effect re-sale value, other than improve it over the holes. To a collector, it might lower the price a bit, but if a reasonable price was paid for it, that does not really make a difference. Of course if the Waffle is super important to the present owner, then perhaps the trouble and expense of somehow reproducing the waffle is "worth it", although not in a $$$ sense.

    The rifle in question is a cool, sought after example, but not too many would pass on it if the top of the receiver was well done, holes gone, but didn't have the waffle top. The Waffle top don't matter, it's gone anyway. Moot point.
     
  4. 1-12 INF (M)

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    Lots of modern lever rifles have a matte finish on top of the receiver anyhow. That could work too.
     
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  5. Ugly Sauce

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    A thin steel plate to be silver soldered over the holes could have the waffle engraved on it. !!! I wouldn't bother. Now a silver plate with some nice engraving, that might be nice. I have no idea what engraving costs.
     
  6. horsemen61

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    Op please let us Know what you plan to do with it I am for sure most interested in how you go about fixing it!
     
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  7. Ugly Sauce

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    Ditto!
     
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  8. R.W.Dale

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    UPDATE

    Plan A arrived which was an engraved brass plate from an eBay seller. This features a adhesive backing and cost a whopping $12

    I don't think it looks too bad. Out of place yes, but so would any other solution.

    I've cleaned the receiver waffling with brake parts cleaner and have the decorative place clamped in place overnight.

    This may actually end up looking ok if it loses some of its shine over time.

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  9. skfullen

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    That looks fantastic! You will be pleased with that Marlin in .35.
    Believe it or not, I traded a 336 in 30-30 for my .35 - even trade, about three years ago. Both made in the '70's, in similar, VG condition.

    The guy I traded did not handload and was tired of looking for .35 ammo. Score for me.

    Again, that looks fantastic and was a simple fix. Happy shooting!
     
  10. bannockburn

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    Nice (and inexpensive) improv for fixing an otherwise sticky cosmetic issue.
     
  11. tubeshooter
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    I think it looks good!
     
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    :thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:
     
  13. Scout21

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    I've got to admit, I like that brass plate a lot more than I expected.

    Are you concerned about the adhesive failing at some point?
     
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  14. Charlie98

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    They spelled 'Ruger' wrong...

    (Just funnin' you...)
     
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  15. MacAR

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    An interesting way to cover up Bubbas handiwork. I have to ask, what model peep sight do you have on there? I like the target knows.

    Mac
     
  16. Hikingman

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    You're not the first. Please let a gunsmith do wonders on top, so it looks like a factory build, and not a money saver.
     
  17. Bigdog357

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    Looks good with the brass plate, a lot better than a bunch of random holes. Now just enjoy shooting it.
     
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  19. R.W.Dale

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    yes and no. If it doesn't hold over time I'll just epoxy it on and then it would take heat or a chisel to remove

    It's a Williams that fits side drilled marlins and Winchesters. Model below
    FP-94-36TK
     
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  20. Charlie98

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    It's a regular Williams peep sight with the Target Knobs... hence, TK. It's my understanding that the knobs themselves are available if you want to retrofit a standard model.
     
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  21. R.W.Dale

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    I wouldn't say it's "regular" because Williams has the cheaper 5d which is not click adjustable. It's just loosen friction screws adjust and the tighten back down
     
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  22. Jim Watson

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    That looks better than I would have thought.

    Here is what one gunsmith - Jim Milks - charges to work such wonders:
    • 160 Weld up & dress scope mount holes (each) 75.00 to 125.00
     
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  23. Charlie98

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    Hmmm... I wasn't aware that there was a lesser model. Learn something new every day! :)
     
  24. EMC45

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    Excellent save!! Looks super classy.
     
  25. Bush Pilot

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    Maybe an aftermarket Hillary hole?
     
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