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duelist1954 06-18-2013 12:26 PM

A 1960 vintage Marlin 336 lever action
I think the Marlin 336 lever action is the best close cover deer rifle ever invented. This one was my father's personal rifle, which he bought in 1960, and I used it to shoot my first deer. In this video I'll demonstrate that the old iron still has what it takes.

SSGN_Doc 06-18-2013 12:39 PM

One of my favorite rifles. I picked up a 1969 version that appeared to be unfired and quickly fixed that problem.

nitestalker 06-18-2013 01:57 PM

It would seem inside 50 yards any platform firing an adequate center fire round could be a good deer rifle.:)

big shrek 06-21-2013 12:14 AM

Yeah, but there is something Magical about using an old rifle that Grandpa used...or Great-Grandpa...or great great great...
those Marlin .30-30's have been around for over 100 years...(starting with the 1893 model)...

Just look at those lines of the 1952...Dead Sexy!!

the other reasons are that they are compact, manueverable, and the Original Assault Weapon (just ask any Native American)!!

Why are folks still using them when modern weapons can do the same thing and are sub-MOA right from the box??
If you've worked with a rifle long enough, you know its habits, and how to shoot it Minute of Deer Heart at 100 yards...and that's enough!
Well, I've got a Marlin X-7...but its for more long-range work...when I'm deep in the brush looking for hogs with the max probable range being 100-150 yards...
the 336 has HUGE advantages over a Bolt-action, especially when stalking...
they're also hard as heck to Jam...unlike an AR ;) You really have to get deep into ID-10-T territory to jam a 336...

Dearhunter 06-21-2013 12:33 AM

Love the Marlin Lever action rifles. My first rifle was a marlin 336 30.30 back in early sixties. I later sold it and bought the Marlin 336 in 35 cal. still got it and use it a lot.

BTW, that was good shooting in the video with open sights!!

masterPsmith 06-21-2013 05:17 PM

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This one is my favorite Marlin.........


onenut58 06-21-2013 05:25 PM

You cannot go wrong with a 336 in 30-30.Well made accurate, simple to teardown short fast handling high magazine capacity and deadly in the brush on deer,elk, black bear.

limbkiller 06-21-2013 05:26 PM

Here's mine. Dad bought it in 1968 used so don't know how old it is. Killed a bunch of deer over the years.

Here's my first with it in 1969.

big shrek 06-22-2013 03:30 AM


Originally Posted by limbkiller (Post 1282559)
Here's mine. Dad bought it in 1968 used so don't know how old it is. Killed a bunch of deer over the years.

From 1948-68 Marlin used a letter code...usually located on the Lower Tang for pre-1968 336's.
Date Letter Date Letter Date Letter
1946 C 1956 N 1966 AB
1946 D 1957 P 1967 AC
1948 E 1958 R 1968 AD,68
1949 F 1959 S 1969 69
1950 G 1960 T 1970 70
1951 H 1961 U 1971 71
1952 J 1962 V 1972 72
1953 K 1963 W
1954 L 1964 Y, Z
1955 M 1965 AA

Here's the whole thing...

Early 48-50's models had the Waffle-Top this...cut down on glare...but made D/T'ing a No-no...

DrumJunkie 06-22-2013 07:24 AM

More deer have been taken with old 30 30 lever guns than any two other calibers I'd think. Especially around here where you don't usually have a shot over 125 yds.
I don't have a 336 anymore but I have always liked them a lot. I have a 94 Winchester given to me by my wife's grandfather. It's a great shooter and being who it come from it will never leave my collection as long as it;s my collection anyway.:)

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