A 1960 vintage Marlin 336 lever action

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  1. duelist1954

    duelist1954 New Member

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    I think the Marlin 336 lever action is the best close cover deer rifle ever invented. This one was my father's personal rifle, which he bought in 1960, and I used it to shoot my first deer. In this video I'll demonstrate that the old iron still has what it takes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wks4dTkL4u4
     
  2. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    One of my favorite rifles. I picked up a 1969 version that appeared to be unfired and quickly fixed that problem.
     

  3. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    It would seem inside 50 yards any platform firing an adequate center fire round could be a good deer rifle.:)
     
  4. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, but there is something Magical about using an old rifle that Grandpa used...or Great-Grandpa...or great great great...
    those Marlin .30-30's have been around for over 100 years...(starting with the 1893 model)...

    Just look at those lines of the 1952...Dead Sexy!!
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    the other reasons are that they are compact, manueverable, and the Original Assault Weapon (just ask any Native American)!!

    Why are folks still using them when modern weapons can do the same thing and are sub-MOA right from the box??
    If you've worked with a rifle long enough, you know its habits, and how to shoot it Minute of Deer Heart at 100 yards...and that's enough!
    Well, I've got a Marlin X-7...but its for more long-range work...when I'm deep in the brush looking for hogs with the max probable range being 100-150 yards...
    the 336 has HUGE advantages over a Bolt-action, especially when stalking...
    they're also hard as heck to Jam...unlike an AR ;) You really have to get deep into ID-10-T territory to jam a 336...
     
  5. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Love the Marlin Lever action rifles. My first rifle was a marlin 336 30.30 back in early sixties. I later sold it and bought the Marlin 336 in 35 cal. still got it and use it a lot.

    BTW, that was good shooting in the video with open sights!!
     
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  6. masterPsmith

    masterPsmith New Member

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    This one is my favorite Marlin.........

    Jim..........
     

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  7. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    You cannot go wrong with a 336 in 30-30.Well made accurate, simple to teardown short fast handling high magazine capacity and deadly in the brush on deer,elk, black bear.
     
  8. limbkiller

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    Here's mine. Dad bought it in 1968 used so don't know how old it is. Killed a bunch of deer over the years.

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    Here's my first with it in 1969.

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  9. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    From 1948-68 Marlin used a letter code...usually located on the Lower Tang for pre-1968 336's.
    Date Letter Date Letter Date Letter
    1946 C 1956 N 1966 AB
    1946 D 1957 P 1967 AC
    1948 E 1958 R 1968 AD,68
    1949 F 1959 S 1969 69
    1950 G 1960 T 1970 70
    1951 H 1961 U 1971 71
    1952 J 1962 V 1972 72
    1953 K 1963 W
    1954 L 1964 Y, Z
    1955 M 1965 AA

    Here's the whole thing...
    http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/a...-1-sheet-pdf-marlin-date-codes-ver8-396mb.jpg

    Early 48-50's models had the Waffle-Top design...like this...cut down on glare...but made D/T'ing a No-no...
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  10. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    More deer have been taken with old 30 30 lever guns than any two other calibers I'd think. Especially around here where you don't usually have a shot over 125 yds.
    I don't have a 336 anymore but I have always liked them a lot. I have a 94 Winchester given to me by my wife's grandfather. It's a great shooter and being who it come from it will never leave my collection as long as it;s my collection anyway.:)
     
  11. limbkiller

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    Thanks a bunch. Just saw this. I will get it out of the safe and check it.

    OK mine says F 8689 so 1949. If that's right it's older than I thought. Cool.
     
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