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Old 08-06-2009, 09:21 AM
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My first deer rifle back in 1973 was a Marlin 336. I regreted selling that one, but just inherited my stepfather's. I'm cleaning it up and putting new hardware on it, and will probably use it some this season.
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:48 PM
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I have one in .35 Rem that I have taken dozens of deer with. I switched to bolt guns several years ago, but I still use the old .35 for treestand hunting in close quarters. It handles quick, and since the recoil is almost non-existent you can shoot it accurately from some pretty awkward positions.
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Old 08-07-2009, 10:12 AM
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I love my Marlin. My wife hooked me up with some sweet leather for it this past christmas. It's deadly under 100 yards.

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Old 08-08-2009, 05:00 AM
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Nice leather on there.Whats the piece on the lower strap for?
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by eldeguello
Yes it is good. BUT the new 300 or 338 Marlin Express are better...same gun, better cartridge! Even a 35 Remington would be better.
I think this depends on your POV. Want to buy inexpensive factory ammo? Load small or big (100 gr to 170 gr)? Are you sensitive to recoil? Stretch your range with a spire point bullet?

I'll take the 30-30, thank you very much. A fun gun to shoot, and it's pretty cool to be hunting with a tradition again. Surprisingly accurate to boot. Dead is dead, know your rifle's limitations.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:32 PM
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Every time I post, I have to log back in and I can't edit my post.

I will add that I shot my first deer in 1965 with a 336 35 rem.
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by the outsider
I think this depends on your POV. Want to buy inexpensive factory ammo? Load small or big (100 gr to 170 gr)? Are you sensitive to recoil? Stretch your range with a spire point bullet?

I'll take the 30-30, thank you very much. A fun gun to shoot, and it's pretty cool to be hunting with a tradition again. Surprisingly accurate to boot. Dead is dead, know your rifle's limitations.

my thoughts exactly. fantastic, reliable multipurpose firearm. i have one son with one, and i have one myself. my only issue now is, my youngest is almost old enough for his first dear rifle. i really want to get him the 336 for all the reasons mentioned, but don't want him the be disappointed because his gun is the mirror image of his older brother's 336.
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:20 PM
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+1 on the 336 30-30. Had mine since I was 11. 18 YEARS and always come back to it when I still hunt on drizzly mornings during the rut! I have recently bought a 1895 marlin 45-70 cowboy and Im obsessed with it. I hunt it open sights :d killed 2 deer with it last season it has a 26in barrel but is still really short and i love the octagon barrel but when it comes down to it the 30-30 will do anything i need it to do in the mountain, but the 45-70 is very fun!
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