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Old 01-21-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default The Marlin 336 is finished. With pics.

Completed pics in Post #28

I picked up a Marlin 336 in 30-30 last Saturday. The serial number dates it to 1961.

When I got it home I gave it a good once over and then proceeded to dismantle it. It's missing the sight hood and the magazine tube spacer that goes between the barrel and the tube. At some point a sling swivel was installed where the bullseye goes and the swivel is gone and the area is somewhat gouged out. There's a couple of small gouges on one edge of the foregrip and there's some typical bluing loss and some pitting on the receiver. The barrel and crown are fine and although the rifle is crusty in areas, it's obvious that it was kept cleaned and lubed.

I ordered a mainspring, firing pin spring, mag tube spring, sight hood and mag tube spacer from Brownells and now have to wait until the parts get here.

I'm going to de-junkify the crud, clean any rust, plug the hole in the stock and clean up the forearm gouges as best I can. I'm going to strip the finish off the wood and oil it and replace the springs and missing parts. It's pretty obvious that it was someones hunting rifle and while it's worn and has some issues, they're pretty minor.

We live in the woods now and there isn't a shot over fifty or so yards, so it will be the perfect rifle for here. The only issue now is finding some ammunition. A friend offered me some reloading equipment a while back and I'm going to see if the offer still stands. In the meantime, 30-30 is going for a buck or so a round when it can be found.

I didn't take any pictures of it before I disassembled it, otherwise I'd post them. Right now it just a pile of parts.





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I was thinking of getting a Cowboy Assault Rifle also, only in .357 for my 18th birthday as a home defense carbine.

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I was thinking of getting a Cowboy Assault Rifle also, only in .357 for my 18th birthday as a home defense carbine.
I've lusted after a similar 30-30 for quite a while, but some pistol or other always buts in line. The .357 option appeals more nowadays, to match my GP100.
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I had an '94 Marlin in .357 some years back and it was pure fun to shoot.

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I've got everything cleaned up now. I got an email from Brownells stating that the parts are on the way. Now, if I can only remember where it all goes.

I'm posting some pics of the browning and pitting on the barrel and the pitting on the receiver. I was thinking about cold bluing it, but I'm tempted to leave it be and just keep it oiled. What do you think? Would you reblue it or not?

BTW, the barrel cleaned up beautifully and is in great shape. However the mag tube looked like it had fifty years of burnt powder, mud and rust in it.







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I've got everything cleaned up now. I got an email from Brownells stating that the parts are on the way. Now, if I can only remember where it all goes.

I'm posting some pics of the browning and pitting on the barrel and the pitting on the receiver. I was thinking about cold bluing it, but I'm tempted to leave it be and just keep it oiled. What do you think? Would you reblue it or not?
I think that gun has character and should remain with all its wrinkles and warts intact.

Besides if you pretty it up, some gangster-bear will try to take it from you!
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Quite a project you've got going. Good luck with getting it the way you want it.

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