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Old 07-31-2011, 07:04 AM
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does anyone know much about the Marlin 336 in 30-30? I know they have been around a long time and from what I have read they are great lever guns. I have been looking at some used ones and have found prices anywhere from $325 to $695 depending on the model and condition. I don't know much history on the different models. $325 for one in good condition seemed reasonable to me, any help?
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Old 07-31-2011, 01:02 PM
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Proud owner of a 336C (I like a pistol grip) in .35 Rem - iron sights of course.

I think everyone who hunts in tight cover should own one of these leverguns (and .30-30 ammo is everywhere) !
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:02 PM
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I have owned one for the last 33 years. It has been trouble free and has taken a number of Maine deer. Whoever says the 30/30 Marlin is underpowered is talking out their butts. With in a 150 yds it does just fine. I have seen wild pigs taken with them also. Just try different brands of ammo until you find one the gun likes. If you check out Dicks sporting goods they occasionally put them on sale for the price of used.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:46 AM
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Thanks. Do you know if the new plastic tipped pointed ammo can be used in them? I have heard it was made to allow tube mags to be loaded with it but also heard it is not safe to use?????
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:53 AM
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JB the "plastic tipped ammo" you are speaking of that is made by Hornady is Leverevolution and it was created just for tubular magazines. The tip is soft and you can mash it with your finger. The ammo is perfectly safe for any tube mag firearm.

The other "ballistic tips" on the market aren't so pliable and in theory they can cause a chainfire since in a tubular magazine the tip is resting against the primer of the round in front of it.

As for the 336 in 30-30, since WWII there have probably been more deer killed with that rifle than anything else on the market. Inside of 200yds you are more than properly gunned for any whitetail/black bear roaming the continent. I have a 336 (35Rem) and LOVE IT, load it at the truck and forget having to carry any extra ammo in your pocket. It handles extremely well and quality wise the old Marlin is hard to beat! It will long outlive you.

There are several models but I think the regular 336 blue/wood 30-30 retails new for around $450ish today. Knock off appx 10-25% for most used rifles.


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Old 08-02-2011, 06:10 AM
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I have one, circa 1971, in 30-30 that I have killed deer and javelina with. Love it. I just put a 2-7X 32mm Vortex Viper on it last night and can't wait to shoot it with that scope. I like the Leverevolution ammo. It does a heck of a job as I found out earlier this year on a javi at 90 yards.
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Old 08-02-2011, 06:15 AM
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I have a marlin 336 w it is a good riffle I bought the big lop for it and change back and forth from the old depending on the weather .Good riffle I have more hogs with it then my 223 hawk eye.
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Old 08-02-2011, 03:26 PM
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Thanks to everyone for the info. I'm going to start watching the sale ads, I think I would rather spend a few more bucks and get a new one. sounds like a great rifle.
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Old 08-03-2011, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by JB Flatlander View Post
Thanks to everyone for the info. I'm going to start watching the sale ads, I think I would rather spend a few more bucks and get a new one. sounds like a great rifle.
It is IMO a well made rifle that is adequate for deer,pigs & black bear to about 150yds.You wont regret buying one. I've owned 2 336C's over the years and still have one in 35rem.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:39 PM
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Buy it..............It will out live you !

.30-30 ammo on every shelve in America.
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