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Old 04-12-2013, 07:47 AM   #1
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Looking at a potential purchase of a Marlin 336W lever action. It's priced at $419, is that a good deal? I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this firearm? Any tips or advice would be great. Even alternatives to the Marlin would help as I was also looking at the Ruger American in .308 for $369. Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-12-2013, 09:08 AM   #2
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You could get both!

A Marlin XLR is basically a 336 that shoots the .308 Marlin Express. The cartridge competes favorably with .308 Winchester. Ammo might be tough to find at your local walmart though.

But $420 new for a blued 336 is more than reasonable.

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The 336 is the 2nd most popular deer rifle in the US, behind the Winchester 94. IMHO, it is a better design than the 94. Being side eject, can be scoped much easier.

Cartridges are limite in power to about the 30-30 power range, which is good for about 200 yards, If you are in the Eastern US, will likely meet your needs. Out West, longer shots, something in a .308.

336 would not be my choice for an Alaska hunting trip, but good elsewhere.

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The 336 is the 2nd most popular deer rifle in the US, behind the Winchester 94. IMHO, it is a better design than the 94.
It's good to hear someone of your knowledge level say the exact same thing as I always do. Besides the advantages of being easier to scope and not bouncing brass off your forehead, I feel it also doesn't look like you are ripping the guns guts out when you cycle it.
I don't have a problem with the 94s, I've worked on a lot of them and they aren't bad guns, but I highly prefer the 336.
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The 336 is the 2nd most popular deer rifle in the US, behind the Winchester 94. IMHO, it is a better design than the 94. Being side eject, can be scoped much easier.

Cartridges are limite in power to about the 30-30 power range, which is good for about 200 yards, If you are in the Eastern US, will likely meet your needs. Out West, longer shots, something in a .308.

336 would not be my choice for an Alaska hunting trip, but good elsewhere.
Good point on locational needs. I am from the west coast so that is good advice. I hadn't put too much thought into that. Thank you for the tip. Ruger American is looking more of a better choice.
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Good point on locational needs. I am from the west coast so that is good advice. I hadn't put too much thought into that. Thank you for the tip. Ruger American is looking more of a better choice.
Still can depend on where you hunt. Open spaces and hills of Oregon, or thick rain forest in Washington. Thick woods are still great for a levergun. Bolt action for open country and clear cuts.
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Here is mine. I've had it for over 20 years. It's a great lever action rifle.

I will never sell it.

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Why is it that a bolt action is better for clear and a lever for brush? I hear people say that, 3030s a good brush gun.

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Why is it that a bolt action is better for clear and a lever for brush? I hear people say that, 3030s a good brush gun.
The way a bolt gun locks its completly different from a lever gun. A bolt gun uses the locking lugs on the face of the bolt to lock into the reciever. On a lever gun the lever itself is used to lock the bolt,and in the case of the marlin uses a rear breach block i think is what it is called. Correct me if im wrong. I have a 336c pre remline and shes my most favorite rifle in the safe.
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I own a 336c ( same thing just in .35 cal ) i Love it.... never needed a different deer rifle, came with raised sight rail with scope .... payed something like $350 3 years back for it...used from gander mountain.
thinking about getting the 30-30 model next just to save money on ammo

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