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Old February 20th, 2016, 12:42 PM   #1
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My New Marlin 30-30

I sold a Marlin 30-30 (Remington produced) a couple of years back, and I have been on the lookout for a Marlin produced 336 for a while now. I came across this one while searching the web late last month. It's a 1995 336CS 30-30, JM stamped on the barrel, and a really nice walnut stock. The blueing is almost perfect. The bore is mirror bright. It looked nice in the photos when I purchased it and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the photos did not do it justice.

Anyhow, here are some pics. I've yet to get it to the range, but hope to soon. Maybe I'll use this rifle for deer hunting this year instead of my Ruger Gunsite Scout.






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Old February 20th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #2
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Congrats! Very nice! I have a 336 that Marlin made for Western Auto (remember them?) in 1969, and she's a sweet, sweet little gun. One of my favorite lever actions.

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Old February 20th, 2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Congrats! Very nice! I have a 336 that Marlin made for Western Auto (remember them?) in 1969, and she's a sweet, sweet little gun. One of my favorite lever actions.
Thanks! I actually do remember Western Auto. I believe my dad has a .22 from Western Auto that he bought as a kid.

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Old February 22nd, 2016, 06:22 AM   #4
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That looks like a clean rifle! Good deal!

I bought basically that same rifle for my brother some years ago... very fun, very dependable rifle. I've always preferred the Marlin action over the Winchester... much smoother and you can disassemble it... and, perhaps more importantly, get it back together!

I'm not a big scope guy, but I can't use the old notched leaf rear sights much any longer (thank you, age...) If you need an alternate to the open sights, consider a Williams peep sight, the Marlin receiver is already drilled and tapped for one. I have peeps on both my Marlin 1894 and my Browning 71, and they work very well.

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Old February 22nd, 2016, 08:04 AM   #5
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Nice rifle! I love both of my Marlins but there factory sights are horrible for hunting deer in low light. The best time to see deer move! I upgraded to XS ghost sights, rear peep site mounts on receiver and front site is open and bright. Huge improvement for a hunting tool.

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Old February 22nd, 2016, 08:44 AM   #6
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Outstanding looking Marlin!!! Let us know how it shoots!! They are great rifles.

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Old February 24th, 2016, 08:34 AM   #7
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Thanks fellas! The brass bead up front is a little hard to see. I may end up scoping this rifle, but I'll look into the other sight options. I harvested my first deer with a Marlin a few years back, and really enjoyed carrying it in the field. I suppose I have a soft spot for them now, since that first hunting trip with my dad got me hooked for life, and that rifle is now associated with that memory.

I feel like I did really well on this one. It's a beauty for sure. Hopefully it shoots as good as it looks.

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Old February 24th, 2016, 08:46 AM   #8
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Great looking rifle. Now you have me thinking my 45/70 Marlin needs a little brother.

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Old February 24th, 2016, 10:57 AM   #9
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Good score. I still have my Marlin 336 that mom bought me back in 76. It's put a truck load of venison on the table.

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Nice rifle! I love both of my Marlins but there factory sights are horrible for hunting deer in low light. The best time to see deer move! I upgraded to XS ghost sights, rear peep site mounts on receiver and front site is open and bright. Huge improvement for a hunting tool.
I've been looking at the XS Ghost ring sights. Did you go with the rail system? Or the replacement front and rear?

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Old February 24th, 2016, 03:23 PM   #11
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I went with just the front and rear. If you read reviews about them a lot of people will say there gun shoots too high and they reached the limit of elevation adjustment. I would suggest calling the factory (XS) and tell them your caliber and barrel length and they should be able to recommend the correct product for your Rifle. Good luck!

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Congrats on your purchase of "The Deer Slayer"
I have put over 90 deer down with mine and it has never failed me.

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I sold a Marlin 30-30 (Remington produced) a couple of years back, and I have been on the lookout for a Marlin produced 336 for a while now. I came across this one while searching the web late last month. It's a 1995 336CS 30-30, JM stamped on the barrel, and a really nice walnut stock. The blueing is almost perfect. The bore is mirror bright. It looked nice in the photos when I purchased it and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the photos did not do it justice.

Anyhow, here are some pics. I've yet to get it to the range, but hope to soon. Maybe I'll use this rifle for deer hunting this year instead of my Ruger Gunsite Scout.





Awesome!

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Old July 8th, 2016, 06:23 AM   #14
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Congrats, it looks real nice, enjoy.


A couple months ago I bought a new 336C. It's a Remlin gun but it seems that they finally got their act together and making quality guns. The only change I'm going to make is to add Skinner sights, the buckhorn doesn't work so well with my eyes nowadays.
My next Marlin will be a JM stamped one.

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Congrats, it looks real nice, enjoy.


A couple months ago I bought a new 336C. It's a Remlin gun but it seems that they finally got their act together and making quality guns. The only change I'm going to make is to add Skinner sights, the buckhorn doesn't work so well with my eyes nowadays.
My next Marlin will be a JM stamped one.
I own both JM's and Remlins. In truth the older ones are no better than the newer ones. While Remington did have some set-up problems when they first moved to Ilion - after they finally threw out the old equipment which they had brought from New Haven and installed new CNC machines - quality improved dramatically. From everything I've read - the old machines were basically worn out and Marlin for years had been "tweeking" the specs to keep them going. The tolerances were off and they had been adjusting them as they went along.

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