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Old 03-11-2012, 01:48 PM   #11
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"I want to say it was 400$ with the original box ! "
If that statement is true(and pre-64) then it is a $800 to $1000 gun.
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When I was gunsmithing I worked on far more 336's then '94's(say about 6 to 1) . Just stating the facts so all of you Marlin owners don't get mad. I've owned both and if I was not going to scope it I would only consider the Winchester,
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When I was gunsmithing I worked on far more 336's then '94's(say about 6 to 1) . Just stating the facts so all of you Marlin owners don't get mad. I've owned both and if I was not going to scope it I would only consider the Winchester,
Why? I have both Winchesters and Marlins and Marlin rifles have a solid reciever. Winchester has top eject, side plates, and pieced together reciever with more parts. Seems the Marlin is a more solid platform. Although I do love my Winchesters!
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I'd rather have the pre-64 if using open sights and being lighter and handier. It is "the" deer rifle. They hold value better. The 336 gets the nod with a scope. I've got both. $400 for a new one sounds real reasonable. I might park it rather than shoot it though.

My 336 misfires even with a new rear firing pin and spring. Since the front firing pin was out of stock, I'm going to get a one piece. Seems like I've read about a lot of misfire problems with the 336.

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i own both a marlin and a winchester,fo me i think it would just come down to personal prefrence there both good rifles and there both reliable.
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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!
The serial# at the end of 1964 is 2,586,000 the difference is post 94's have stamped receiver parts instead of machined parts like the pre 94's if the gun you have a lead on is a pre 94 BUY IT.
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The serial# at the end of 1964 is 2,586,000 the difference is post 94's have stamped receiver parts instead of machined parts like the pre 94's if the gun you have a lead on is a pre 94 BUY IT.
Think I'm gonna end up with both. One to ding up and one to call my precious
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I'd say the Winchester. I have the 94' it's reliable, beautiful and cheap. The marlin is still good, although its a bit more expensive.
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I'd say the Winchester. I have the 94' it's reliable, beautiful and cheap. The marlin is still good, although its a bit more expensive.
Marlin 336 more than a winny 94 your nuts price any used win then price a marlin, further price a new win 94 they are over $1300, while the high end marlin 336 is at around $550 give or take where u are
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I have collected and researched old Winchesters for decades and some imfo on above posts are incorrect. When someone says a Marlin is more robust and that a Winchester will loosen up with use is incorrect. Read P.O. Ackleys books. He tried and sucseeded in blowing up many guns as a test in the 1950's. He heavily overloaded many makes of guns and his 2 overall, difficult to blow up guns were a Japanese Arisaka and a Winchester 94. I have never seen a Marlin blow up either though but he didnt test them IIRC. As to loosening up? I know the ones I have owned that were ancient, with no blue or stock finish left, from years of use and neglect werent any looser than a new model. But this again if from my limited 45 years of use and countless thousands of round fired trough this model. As for the Marlin they are good guns as well with less dependable feeding and extraction capabilities. Look at the extractors of the Marlin and the compare to the Winchester. The Marlin is a small piece of bent tin, while the Winchester is a much larger piece of milled steel. That being said I have never seen a Marlin fail to extract, but again I have nowhere near the experence with the Marlins. As a range officer I see many Marlins every year and the problem that most often appears is failure to feed. Am I anti Marlin? When you look into my gun safes you will find quite a few of them in there.
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