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School Me On Marlin 336
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I have an opportunity to pick up a Marlin 336 in 30-30. I believe it's an older model, but I'm not 100% sure. What are some details and things I should be looking for to get an age estimate, and what are some price ranges I should be seeing?
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#2
When I was looking at lever guns in the classifieds a few months ago 30-30 used Marlins were running around $300-$350. Some more.

I know nothing about them aside from the fact that they have the curved/pistil grip and I was looking for something with a straight grip.

And you'll have no problem at all finding ammo for it.
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#3
Well, mine is a '53 pre microgroove barrelled Marlin 336. I heard that the microgroove leaded quicker than the older rifling, so I found the Marlin I wanted for about $265 2 years ago. Pretty accurate rifle with a responsive trigger. Mine came with the flip over scope and mount. Cheap to shoot too, used Remington ammo so far.

With the serial number, you can check the date of manufacture on an online database. The 336 is built like a tank.
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#4
It it is an older model it may only have the hammer safety. Be very careful when loading or unloading. Mind the trigger and lever.


The 35 is nice for the woods. Little heavy trigger.

One of my favorites. Thanks to my pop.
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#5
My wife's father gets a couple deer every year with on old marlin 336. From what I've read it is one of the more popular PA deer hunting rifles.

I don't hunt but was thinking about starting once and picked up a Marlin 336 XLR, 30-30, great accurate gun, loved shooting it. Never did go hunting though and I sold it to fund something else.


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thefirstndsecond;82012 Wrote:It it is an older model it may only have the hammer safety. Be very careful when loading or unloading. Mind the trigger and lever.


The 35 is nice for the woods. Little heavy trigger.

One of my favorites. Thanks to my pop.

This is what I was looking for. He mentioned something about only having the hammer safety. What's the story with that? You say to be very careful... Is it possible to upgrade the safety?

Emptymag;82006 Wrote:When I was looking at lever guns in the classifieds a few months ago 30-30 used Marlins were running around $300-$350. Some more.

That's in the range this guy's asking. Gun looks to be in excellent - prestine - condtition.
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#7
Notice the space between the hammer and scope in SB's picture. This is typical and mine was the same. Don't know about other versions that may have a different safety that I'm not aware of but the only way to make mine safe was to decock it. You would be hard pressed to decock a 336 with that little gap under the scope. Get yourself the hammer extension, its the best way and safest way to decock allowing you to follow that hammer all the way forward without accidentally letting the hammer slip and firing a round off through your bedroom wall or whatever. Keep in mind there are two different size hammer extensions that I know of, one for the older wider hammer and one for the newer skinnier hammers, keep that in mind when picking one up. They can be had for rather cheap too, probably 10-15 bucks IIRC.

Another thing, at least with mine, you couldn't unload the tube magazine like you would a shotgun. You had to chamber each live round and eject them to unload it. I don't know why they designed it that wayDodgy.

Last tip, you can break the action down fairly easy too with the use of a screwdriver and there are plenty of uToob videos of the process. Just make sure you don't lose the extractor spring when stripping it down.
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Mr_Gixxer;82042 Wrote:Notice the space between the hammer and scope in SB's picture. This is typical and mine was the same. Don't know about other versions that may have a different safety that I'm not aware of but the only way to make mine safe was to decock it. You would be hard pressed to decock a 336 with that little gap under the scope. Get yourself the hammer extension, its the best way and safest way to decock allowing you to follow that hammer all the way forward without accidentally letting the hammer slip and firing a round off through your bedroom wall or whatever. Keep in mind there are two different size hammer extensions that I know of, one for the older wider hammer and one for the newer skinnier hammers, keep that in mind when picking one up. They can be had for rather cheap too, probably 10-15 bucks IIRC.

Another thing, at least with mine, you couldn't unload the tube magazine like you would a shotgun. You had to chamber each live round and eject them to unload it. I don't know why they designed it that wayDodgy.

Last tip, you can break the action down fairly easy too with the use of a screwdriver and there are plenty of uToob videos of the process. Just make sure you don't loose the extractor spring when stripping it down.

Excellent! Thanks for the info...
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This one had a safety, a push button right under the hammer.
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Mine has both the 1/2 travel decocker, as well as the hammer thumb extension (it's a tab that extends to the right) that clears the scope bell as in Sober's pic.

Here's the serial number year of manufacture list:

Marlin 336 Year of Manufacture

The following table can be used to date the year of manufacture of a Marlin 336. It is also valid for determining most other Marlin firearm build dates from 1946 to the present.

Marlin year of manufacture maybe determined from the following table of letter/numeral prefixs to the serial number:
Date Prefix(s)
1946 C
1947 D
1948 E
1949 F
1950 G
1951 H
1952 J
1953 K
1954 L
1955 M

Date Prefix(s)
1956 N
1957 P
1958 R
1959 S
1960 T
1961 U
1962 V
1963 W
1964 Y, Z
1965 AA

Date Prefix(s)
1966 AB
1967 AC
1968 AD, 68
1969 69
1970 70
1971 71
1972 72
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