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Old 09-30-2012, 03:04 AM   #1
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Marlin 336 30-30 new or used?

I'm looking to get another marlin 336 30-30.
my first one is used,I'd like to get another one,I have the money to get brand new,but I read a lot of reviews that say better to stay with the older ones.
just looking in here to get real advice.
I saw a couple in the gun store today,I'll go back on monday and look at them again.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:12 AM   #2
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U may b like me and thinking "dependability." That u really don't know the used-gun's history. New then. 'tis the season.

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Ya I'm not seeing this "issue" with the newer ones either. Neighbor has a 5 month old 336. He has 500 plus rounds through it not a hitch. My buddy has one he bought last year and has 160-200 rounds through it and again not a problem with it. I'm not to sure on the problems with them or what the problems supposedly were but I haven't seen any yet.

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Ya I'm not seeing this "issue" with the newer ones either. Neighbor has a 5 month old 336. He has 500 plus rounds through it not a hitch. My buddy has one he bought last year and has 160-200 rounds through it and again not a problem with it.
I'd hesitate to make a decision based on experiences with just one gun. I think there are just too many claims of first hand experience with defective new Marlins to dismiss it out of hand.

That said if you can give a new gun a thorough inspection in the shop before you buy it I think you could probably identify 80-90% of the reported problems. I would never buy a new Marlin sight unseen, though.

Just my opinion.
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Supposedly Marlin had a "stand down" in December to get their poop all in one sock and fix some of the issues with fitting of parts and assembly. The last couple 336s I've seen on shelves do not seem as bad as what I was seeing last year. Still not as smooth as a good used "pre-Remlin" but it looks like they have taken note of the many complaints and are making some headway.

Still if you find a gently used gun in good shape you can save some money and still have a solid gun.

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I would be more interested in the old marlin. If you look at an 80 something marlin the wood is prettier. Go back 10 more years the fit and finish makes the 80 something look like it was made in china and the 80 something makes the new ones look like a WWII production mosin nagant.

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Why get a new one? You can find a solid used one without the stupid safety for $200. Can you buy a new one for $200?
I'm a big Marlin fan and I love lever guns....I've never bought a new one of either.

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Why get a new one? You can find a solid used one without the stupid safety for $200. Can you buy a new one for $200?
I'm a big Marlin fan and I love lever guns....I've never bought a new one of either.
A new 336 usually runs around $600...i have one that my papaw bought when he was a teenager and it still looks and shotts like new
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