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dgray64 10-03-2011 06:10 PM

Just bought a Marlin 336CS in 30-30
I had been looking at some at the pawn shop and found this one a while back. It was made in 1996 according to the serial number. The barrel looks good, though it needs a good cleaning. There is a little rust around a couple of screw heads, but the bluing looks good. It has a 3-9 scope on it. Not an expensive one. I'll just have to test it at the range to see how the scope pans out...rifle, too. The action is smooth. I think it will be a winner at $235 our the door.

Dave :)

Sniper03 10-03-2011 06:16 PM


The Marlin Model 336 in Win. 30-30 is a fine rifle! It was the second high-power rifle I had at 15 years old. It is a great rifle for hunting woodland areas where the shots are normally 100 yards and closer because you can not see much farther. And now companies like Hornady have newer and better hunting rounds for it that were not available in years past. As long as the bore is in good shape you got a good deal on that one! :)


dgray64 10-03-2011 08:24 PM

Thanks Sniper,
I added some pictures to the thread (finally got my camera unlimbered)

Dave :)

JTJ 10-03-2011 08:36 PM

Looks like you got a good deal. With my eyes I would use a low mounted 2.5x32 scope. I really like the reticles on the shotgun scopes as they allow very fast target acquisition.

dgray64 10-03-2011 09:06 PM

Thanks JTJ,

My eyes aren't what they used to be either. I'm due to have one cataract off at the end of the month. If I can loose the other one within a couple of months, I can loose my glasses all together and really enjoy shooting again. I'll check out that scope.

Dave :)

Triumphman 10-03-2011 09:57 PM

You got yourself a great little rifle at a great cost. Rifle is very capable of ranges with normal rounds of up to 150yds, but with Hornady's LeverEvolution rounds you can get up to 200yds with their spritzer type ammo. Lots of guys say that a lever action is good for only the brush type areas, but these rifles have proven themselves to be great little rifles even in open/hilly country. Just don't try to take that Antelope at 300yds as it's a slower bullet and is known more for it's knockdown power over speed. Surprisingly, these rifles seem to like the heavier rounds better over the lighter grained bullets, but trying different ammo weights and ammo manufacturers in it will tell you what it likes best, and that's where the accuracy is for a good kill.

dgray64 10-04-2011 01:49 AM

Thanks Del,

I've wanted a 30-30 for some time. I have other rifles and sole my .243 last summer. The last time I had one in my hands was about 20 years ago or so. My father-in-law loaned me his 30-30 Winchester that he had bought new in 1941 and had never gotten a deer with. My first time out, I drilled one. I was using the old style lead rounds. It knocked that deer down quick and I enjoyed some great venison. He took the rifle back and gave it to his son when he died. Now I'm back in the 30-30 business and I feel good.

My first experience with a Marlin lever action was back in about 1958 or 57 when my to-be-brother-in-law bought his father a Marlin in .35 Remington for Christmas. That was when you could buy one on lay-away at the hardware store. Good times and a good rifle. I never did get to shoot it, but held it and liked it.

I can't wait to try some of the lever revolution rounds in it.

Dave :):)

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