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Old 05-14-2019, 11:41 PM
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Does anyone have one. What are the good the bad and the ugly. If you had a chance would you buy a new in the box example.
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No experience with the Marlin, but Dad purchased a Winchester 94AE in .307 Winchester (not a typo) that became a collectible back in the mid 1980's. Ammunition for it is quite hard to find, it basically has .300 Savage ballistics.

I don't know how popular the Marlin is, but I think the similar will happen over time with the Marlin. But that is only my opinion.
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Just one more in the panoply of frenetic "new" cartridge introductions that included the 30TC (remember that one?), and a host of others, largely forgotten (I give you the dizzying array of short, fat, super short, super fat, super super short short fat fat, etc. cartridges).


If you like oddball/quirky stuff ( and I have been known to . . .), then the 308 Marlin might be your cup of tea. Otherwise, I'd say get a 30-30 if you want a rim, or get a 308 Win. if you want an all around lever gun in a rimless round.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:22 AM
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Love the cartridge, like the rifle.

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Does anyone have one. What are the good the bad and the ugly. If you had a chance would you buy a new in the box example.
Several years ago, I helped a friend sight-in his new Marlin 308MX; the one with the 22" barrel. I was shooting my 7mm-08 along side the 308 Marlin Express. Recoil was nearly identical, which is to say, very comfortable. My friends Marlin shot well. He wanted to use the factory iron sights on this rifle for hunting, so that is what we were shooting with and it was relatively easy to shoot a three shot, 1" group at 75 yards with the irons. I considered that good with the stock irons, for the first few rounds out of a new rifle and with factory ammunition.

The rifle and cartridge hold a lot of appeal to me. I have often thought about trying to find a 308MX version for myself, but there are two things I do not like about the Marlin. You might not be bothered by either one. The lever loop is too small for my fingers and the stock does not fit me very well. The lever is easily replaced with one of the aftermarket big loop levers, but the stock is more problematic. There is not enough drop at the toe, which means that when I am shooting either standing or kneeling (like most of my shot opportunities on deer) the toe of the stock barely contacts my shoulder at all when I have a proper cheek weld. I am tall with a slope to my shoulders and have a lot of difficulty finding firearms that fit. Stocks like the Remington BDL and Weatherby California style fit me best.

That said, the rifle may fit you just fine. It just doesn't fit me. Other than the two issues I mentioned, I really like the Marlin lever actions and also the 308 MArlin Express cartridge. I would say go for it!
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:18 AM
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I love the Super Short Fat Belted Magnum Cartridges They are proven long range killers!
How did we ever get along ( and kill things) before they came to our rescue!?
















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Just one more in the panoply of frenetic "new" cartridge introductions that included the 30TC (remember that one?)
.30 TC on the left, .308 Marlin on the right

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Or you could get a Henry Long Ranger in 308 Winchester.
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Why Remington Golden Bullets of course the most lethal of the big game rounds! Proven killers
That reminds me . . . . .I've got some duds I need to figure out what to do with.
Any market for those in Tulsa?
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Brought it home today will post pictures when I get a minute.
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That's pretty cool! I like different.
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308 win on the left 308 mx on the right. I like for a non JM gun I think it's gorgeous. It will probably be the only non JM I own unless I find a 338 mx around here. But it's a Marlin rifle and cartridge. And I will keep collecting now I have a 450 and a 308
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My brother has one in 308 Marlin or what ever they call it. It is almost as accurate as a .308 Win in a bolt gun. My brothers will shoot inside of an inch at 100 with good handloads.

But here is the problem. it is easier to get .284 Winchester brass than it is to get .308 Marlin brass. And loaded ammo is hard to find also.

Another bad thing. You cannot form .308 Marlin from any other cartridge. Not .308 Winchester for sure. Head and rim are different. But wait there is one cartridge you can form it from .284 Winchester brass.

Other than that, my brother's .308 Marlin has brought home the deer and some other medium size game every year.

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Nice looking Marlin!
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Can't wait to hear how it shoots for you.

A friend who shoots at my club with me in Massena goes to Vermont to compete in high power a couple times a summer. He works with a guy who has the .308 Marlin and his coworker has him pick up ammo in Vermont for it. Not too far from you in Plattsburgh.
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I'm not stressed 4 shops here have it on the shelf. And when or if ammo dries up I'll reload for it.
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