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Marlin 336-R.C. "Texan" Saddle Ring Carbine
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Marlin 336-R.C. 30-30 "Texan" saddle ring carbine - circa 1968

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Note the straight grip stock.
I have no interest in the typical, run of the mill, pistol grip Marlin 336 - I likes me a straight grip stock on a lever gun and that's what made me jump on this one!

Aside from the mysterious missing bluing on the bottom of the mag tube, two tiny wear spots on the lever, and one tiny "dent" in the bottom of the stock at the bullseye, it appears in perfect condition - no other bluing wear and NO pitting whatsoever.
Not even a scratch on the butt pad. Even the bluing on the internal lever mechanism is barely worn from working the lever - I don't believe the gun has seen much use.

This carbine, like me, was made in 1968 - I only wish I were in as good of condition!

Marlin introduced the Texan in 1951. It differed from the rifle in that it had a carbine stock (with two barrel bands as opposed to an end cap) and while I don't know that a 20" barrel technically qualifies as a carbine, that's what they seem to have been labeled by Marlin. (Later carbines were offered with 18 1/2" and 16 1/4" barrels)
As I understand it, essentially any 336 with a straight grip is a considered a "Texan".

In 1965 the saddle ring was added to the receiver and was later discontinued in 1972.
You will note that in addition to having a straight grip, my Marlin also has a rounded lever, not the "squared" lever that we are most accustomed to seeing on "modern" Marlins (another thing that drew me to it) - the squared lever came out in 1970.

It goes without saying that it is a "JM" stamped Marlin and not one of the current abominations that Remington puts out bearing the Marlin name.
There's a reason that 30 and 40 year old Marlins sell for about the same price as a brand new Marlin - the difference in fit/finish and overall quality is blatantly apparent when comparing the two side by side.

Amazingly I grew up hunting the mountains and forests of western Pennsylvania and I had never shot a lever gun until I was an adult - and I don't mean "eighteen" either. I scored my first lever gun (Marlin 357 mag) about five years ago and have been in love ever since. I also have a Winchester 94 which is about the same age as this Marlin, and a Henry carbine in .22LR. They're like AKs and ARs - you can't have just one!
When I came home with this one, Mrs. EM looked at it and sez "Aaaaaand you needed another LEVER gun becaaaaause???

LOL!

Because they are AWESOME!



Stay tuned. Craploads of photos to come...
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I sure love me some lever action rifles, pardner!!
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Damn you, EM. Now I NEED a straight grip lever gun with a saddle ring.
Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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I'm jelly. My gun collection is still missing a lever gun.
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Someone has been spending too much time on the Marlin Owners forum. Big Grin
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spblademaker;150389 Wrote:I sure love me some lever action rifles, pardner!!

Me too. Although I tend to use words like "reckon" and "yonder" when I'm holding them. Weird.


Rik Bitter;150392 Wrote:Damn you, EM. Now I NEED a straight grip lever gun with a saddle ring.

Yes, that is EXACTLY what you need...
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bac0nfat;150394 Wrote:I'm jelly. My gun collection is still missing a lever gun.

Easy fix - and not too terribly expensive for the most part. Smile


P89;150395 Wrote:Someone has been spending too much time on the Marlin Owners forum. Big Grin
Big Grin Well, since I have four Marlins now...
(only 2 are lever action)
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Emptymag;150372 Wrote:Marlin 336-R.C. 30-30 "Texan" saddle ring carbine - circa 1968

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Aside from the mysterious missing bluing on the bottom of the mag tube, two tiny wear spots on the lever, and one tiny "dent" in the bottom of the stock at the bullseye, it appears in perfect condition - no other bluing wear and NO pitting whatsoever.
Not even a scratch on the butt pad. Even the bluing on the internal lever mechanism is barely worn from working the lever - I don't believe the gun has seen much use.

I've seen wear like what you have on the magazine tube on one other gun. It was one of my son's friend's "Tractor Gun" and it came from the constant rubbing against the gun rack arms (rack rash) while the tractor was in motion. The only puzzling part is there's no matching rub marks on the stock from the other rack arm. Any chance the stock may have been replaced?
Ammunition, it's the new lead bullion. Buy it cheap and stack it deep.
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Rik Bitter;150654 Wrote:
Emptymag;150372 Wrote:Marlin 336-R.C. 30-30 "Texan" saddle ring carbine - circa 1968

[Image: 20140727_191242_zpsd442d889.jpg]

Aside from the mysterious missing bluing on the bottom of the mag tube, two tiny wear spots on the lever, and one tiny "dent" in the bottom of the stock at the bullseye, it appears in perfect condition - no other bluing wear and NO pitting whatsoever.
Not even a scratch on the butt pad. Even the bluing on the internal lever mechanism is barely worn from working the lever - I don't believe the gun has seen much use.

I've seen wear like what you have on the magazine tube on one other gun. It was one of my son's friend's "Tractor Gun" and it came from the constant rubbing against the gun rack arms (rack rash) while the tractor was in motion. The only puzzling part is there's no matching rub marks on the stock from the other rack arm. Any chance the stock may have been replaced?

I really don't know if the stock was replaced or not, but I sort of doubt you'd get lucky enough to end up with that sort of figure (the "pattern") in a "replacement stock".

I don't know how a lever gun would rest in a gun rack - haven't seen a rifle in a truck window since I was a kid.
There's a tiny bit of wear in the lever loop - not sure if the hook could have passed through there or not.

I just can't believe the gun has no other real flaws if it spent enough time riding in a truck to wear the bluing off like that.
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