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Old 03-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a good lever gun. Not a safe queen. Can't decide between a marlin 336 c and a Winchester 94. Any thoughts? I don't want to scope it. Just a good open site brush gun.. Any input is welcome!

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either one is a good choice and would serve you well. IMO, the 336 has a little smoother action from the get go, but the M94 does loosen up with use. the 336 seems to have a more robust action than the M94, but both have no problem with the 30-30 round. the 336 might be just a liitle more accurate than the M94, but that's subjective at best. see which one feels better when you shoulder it and go from there. see what the price difference is when you get ready to buy, this may be your deciding factor. i just bought a M94ae about a month ago for $260+tax in mint condition and unfired. if i run across a good deal on a 336, i wouldnt hesitate in buying it either.

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either one is a good choice and would serve you well. IMO, the 336 has a little smoother action from the get go, but the M94 does loosen up with use. the 336 seems to have a more robust action than the M94, but both have no problem with the 30-30 round. the 336 might be just a liitle more accurate than the M94, but that's subjective at best. see which one feels better when you shoulder it and go from there. see what the price difference is when you get ready to buy, this may be your deciding factor. i just bought a M94ae about a month ago for $260+tax in mint condition and unfired. if i run across a good deal on a 336, i wouldnt hesitate in buying it either.
I've got a line on a Pre 64 model 94 never fired. Same price as a new marlin. Just can't decide. Both feel really good.
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I lean to marlin for lever guns. More rugged stronger actions.

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I've got a line on a Pre 64 model 94 never fired. Same price as a new marlin. Just can't decide. Both feel really good.
are you sure it's a pre 64 model? those are pretty scarce these days and are usually pricey. if it is a true pre 64, and the price is right, i would most assuredly buy it over the 336 as you could get a 336 more easily than a pre 64 model 94. just my opinion, check and make sure it's pre 64 rather than just taking someones word for it. i know that they made some changes to the 65 and later models vs. the pre 64 models, but i can't remember what they are at the moment.
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are you sure it's a pre 64 model? those are pretty scarce these days and are usually pricey. if it is a true pre 64, and the price is right, i would most assuredly buy it over the 336 as you could get a 336 more easily than a pre 64 model 94. just my opinion, check and make sure it's pre 64 rather than just taking someones word for it. i know that they made some changes to the 65 and later models vs. the pre 64 models, but i can't remember what they are at the moment.
Thats what they say, but I'll get the serial number to be sure. I want to say it was 400$ with the original box !
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Consider if you are going to install a scope. Marlin is much more scope friendly than Winchester.

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Thats what they say, but I'll get the serial number to be sure. I want to say it was 400$ with the original box !
if it's a true and proven fact it's a pre64 model, sounds like a very good deal. but safeguard yourself and make sure. the price difference in value could be considerable.
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if it's a true and proven fact it's a pre64 model, sounds like a very good deal. but safeguard yourself and make sure. the price difference in value could be considerable.
I'll keep you posted but I'm done for the night. Thanks for the advise!
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I'll keep you posted but I'm done for the night. Thanks for the advise!
you're welcome. let us know how it turns out. i like the old M94's! i hope it is a pre 64 model and you buy it!
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