Opinions of Marlin 336c

Discussion in 'Auto & Semi-Auto Discussion' started by hawkman1, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. hawkman1

    hawkman1 New Member

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    What are your opinions of a Marlin lever action 30-30 model 336c? My friend asked me to ask around prior to buying this gun. He loves the way it feels and all. He doesn't need a gun that goes 400 yards or anything, more of a 100 to 150 yard shooter.

    Please let me know if you know any pros and cons for this gun. thanks
     
  2. Lerenis

    Lerenis New Member

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    I had a friend who once had one. He loved it until he watched a guy shooting an AR-15.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    It's a great rifle. :cool:
     
  4. OC357

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    I own one and it is a very good deer carbine in heavy woods.
     
  5. Flint Rock

    Flint Rock New Member

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    I have hunted deer with one for over thirty years and it has never failed me. If you hunt "in the woods" it is all the gun you need. In the areas I am typically hunting in you won't see anything past 100 yards so there is no need for more gun (if I'm hunting an area where I reasonably expect longer shots, I use a different gun). I have taken a deer at 175 yards with the Marlin. That deer was crossing a pipeline and I did miss with my first shot, but once I took a breath, propped up against a tree, and took my time, the deer dropped with the second shot (the deer pretty much stood still after the first shot, I guess trying to figure out where I was). With some of the new ammo that is out there, a scope in the 1.5x-5x range, the Marlin will handle business out to 200 yards, but it's bread and butter is shorter range.
     
  6. masterPsmith

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    Great lever rifle. I hunted with one for many years. Have owned several throughout the years and wish I still had all of them. The only levers I have on my rack now are a Marlin 336, Winchester 94 and a Winchester 88 in .308. The Marlin will serve you well and will be one you will pass down to your kids...

    Jim....
     
  7. Franchise

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    Thought I'd chime in on this one. The two most common types of 30-30's are the Winchester 94 and the Marlin 336. While the Marlin doesn't have quite the smooth feel as the 94 when you bring it to your shoulder, it is a more rugged rifle. Something like %85 of the deer taken in the US each year are shot at less than 100 yards. A Marlin 30-30 with a decent scope is a great deer rifle at 150 yards or so. With see through sights, you can take deer at close ranges as well. The longest shot I've ever attempted with mine was right arount 120 yards give or take ten. Deer dropped in 3 or 4 steps. I haven't taken one yet with the leverevolution ammo, but I did get the nifty scope from Cabela's for it and no kidding, it hits the target just as its supposed to at 200 yards. I mean 3 to 4 in groups from a sandbag. And that's with me shooting. The 30-30 may be the ideal deer rifle for short to medium range. Been debated to death, I know.
     
  8. Bohica6-284

    Bohica6-284 New Member

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    That's not even a fair comparison to mention a lever 30-30 and a semi .223 battle rifle in the same thread! I have owned several Marlin lever action rifles and still have a 336 in 30-30 and another which I rebarreled in 38-55. They are overbuilt and will last your friend forever. He will be fine out to 200 yards with practice and it will perform even better with the Hornady Leverevolution ammo. I also have a 1970's model 1895 in 45-70 and several vintage model 1893 rifles in various calibers. The 30-30 is even popular in certain circles for black bear, caribou and even moose. Marlin is a great choice.
     
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  9. hawkman1

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    Thanks, I have delivered the replies from all of you to my friend and he told me that he is now on the way to the gun store soon. Thanks for your comments.
     
  10. OC357

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    Yes, the 2 greatest 30-30 carbines.

    I'll bet that together both of these workhorse carbines have brought down more North American game than any other both in heavy woods and out to 100-150 yards with open iron sights.

    OC
     
  11. pioneer461

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    Using Hornady's new LeveRevolution ammo, the humble .30-30 can be turned into an honest 300 yard rifle, adequate for most N. American game. I own a 336, my first serious caliber [bigger than .22 LR] rifle. I've owned it over 20 years and have often thought of the age-old question; "If I could only have one rifle?" I'd probably choose the Marlin. Not a bad choice for home defense, as well.
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    I haven't put a scope on mine, it just seems wrong to have one mounted on a lever gun. But that's just me being old school.
    I am planning on upgrading the sights tho, to fiber optix because of my aging eyes.
     
  12. YoungGunWill

    YoungGunWill New Member

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    Even after being used for over 20 years and passed down to me its still Cherry! at 100 yards I can put 3 shots in a quarter size hole. Although its a little heavy it has always been my favorite deer buster:p
     
  13. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Its also not prudent to call AR15s.....223's.






    THe Marlin 336 is a FINE weapon. I prefer Marlin lever actions to any others.

    I have a 336 in 35 Remington, .30-30 Win, and a 39A.

    Even with the leverevolution, a scope on these guns is overkill.