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Old January 30th, 2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Marlin 336 XLR in 35 Rem - question

Does anyone know which years they made the 336 XLR in 35 remington?

Also - when did the XLR model with the 2-tone laminate first show up at all by Marlin? Was it in the early 2000s? The 35 remington 336XLR I'm looking at seems to have a serial starting in 98 (making it a 2002 model) Does that sound right?

I'm looking to purchase a JM stamped year, probably 336 or 1894 and am trying to inform myself as much as possible with reading on the histories etc. I like to know exactly what I'm buying. And I want to start with an old quality model.

I want stopping power, mid range accuracy (with the possibility of long range), and a semi affordable cartridge. Other than my questions above about the 336XLR 35 rem - anyone have any other comments or suggestions on what I'm looking for? I'm debating seeking out a 338 express. And I'm also worried about any of these cartridges falling off the scene at some point including the 35 rem.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting back.

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Old January 30th, 2016, 08:33 PM   #2
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I can't comment on the rifle itself but can on the 35 Rem. Buy what you can now and learn to reload. 35 Rem can be formed from 308 but it's a lot of work. GRUMPA on does it. If the cartridge is not the flavor of the month or a military cartridge finding ammo can be hit and miss at best. Frankly a lot of cartridges, 7MM-08 as an example, aren't as easy to find as it should be. Brass is rare too unless you want to spend a buck a shell for the high end stuff.

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Old January 30th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #3
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As a fan of the 35, first thing off. It is its own cartridge, not to be formed from anything else.

Second, factory fodder is underloaded for old Remington pumps and autos. Reloads can really juice it up, look up Marlin forum for more info. The Marlin is made for 42,000 PSI rounds, the 35 factory is way under that.

Third, it is NOT a long range round. It made its bones with the 200 gr RN bullet at around 2000 fps. I have loaded up to 2300 fps in the 336 with Accurate 2520. The Remmy bullet is about the best. It is finicky to load, thin brass. Marlins typically have tight headspace, a good thing with the 35.

Rounds must be safe for tubular magazines. Even single loading a 150 gr pointed bullet is an exercise in futility. Low velocity, low BC.

It is a 125 yard deer rifle, and with the right ammo is good for small bear up close.

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