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Old 01-27-2020, 10:02 AM
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Marlin's 336 in 30-30, anyone else?



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I have this 1980 Marlin 336 in 30-30.
Long ago I put a Lyman receiver peep sight on it.
Very accurate with Remington 150s.
I'm even having fun reloading for it with a old LEE classic loader.
Just need a hammer and the kitchen table..
I guess I'm just enjoying the simplicity.
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Old 01-27-2020, 11:57 AM
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Occasionally - yes . . .

. . . the 30-30 lever rifle tradition goes way back, and makes a lot of sense in locales where cover is thick and the range is < 100 yds. You don't need a scoped bolt action to 'make meat' in that sort of situation. When I look back over 40 years of deer hunting, most of my deer taken are inside 100 - 150 yards. The 30-30 will do for that. Our south Texas deer, other than the Muy Grandes i.e. large bucks, are less than 150 lbs. live weight. Some of those northern deer are considerably larger and heavier.

So why do I choose to take a .308 carbine most of the time ? Just in case a buck of a lifetime comes out well beyond that range. The regret I feel when that happens is considerable. That happened one time when holding a Ruger Mini-30 on stand and seeing a nice buck beyond 250 yards. I could have chanced a shot - but I was not confident and held off, hoping it would appear later at a closer range. No such luck.

Good topic - I look forward to more reading about it.
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Great deer rifle. Just wish the new one's still had the side tapped for the lyman/Williams rec sights.
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I really like my 336CB (24" octagon barrel), which is rare in 30-30. It has proven very accurate with the Lyman tang sight.
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I have a 1960 vintage 336SC (Sporting Carbine) with the 3/4 magazine. I like it a lot. I bought it about five years ago, at a local pawnshop.

It's not much to look at, freckling abounds on the receiver, but it shoots pretty well, and the only deer I've pointed it at, died quickly. I use Winchester 150 Power Points, but 170 Core-Lokt ammo shoots well enough to kill stuff.

I have an old Leupold M8-4X on it, it works well enough for it's age.
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Old 01-27-2020, 03:10 PM
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I have 2 Winchesters, 2 Marlins and a Stevens bolt action. I guess I like the 30-30.
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Old 01-27-2020, 05:03 PM
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I'm In....regret letting mine go a few years back. Kept a Win 94 instead--wish I would have kept my Marlin. Using an old Stevens 325B now--no comparison to the 336 I foolishly sold off to finance something now long gone.
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I really like my 336CB (24" octagon barrel), which is rare in 30-30. It has proven very accurate with the Lyman tang sight.<img src="https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/images/smilies/tup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="thumb" class="inlineimg" />

Now that's one beautiful Rifle!!
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I have a 1960 vintage 336SC (Sporting Carbine) with the 3/4 magazine. I like it a lot. I bought it about five years ago, at a local pawnshop.

It's not much to look at, freckling abounds on the receiver, but it shoots pretty well, and the only deer I've pointed it at, died quickly. I use Winchester 150 Power Points, but 170 Core-Lokt ammo shoots well enough to kill stuff.

I have an old Leupold M8-4X on it, it works well enough for it's age.

Ain't nothing wrong with that, looking really good to me!
I like that Leupold.
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Great deer rifle. Just wish the new one's still had the side tapped for the lyman/Williams rec sights.

The Newer one's Don't?!?!?
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Shot two doe with my marlin 336 this year, never saw the buck I was hunting for. It never disappoints, mines got a 2-7x28 Leupold on it. A friend one year had an old bolt 30/30 I wish I had bought it from him Iíve not seen another one. Been looking at that new 350 legend but unsure if it will stick around. I tried out a buddies Winchester 30/30 unsure of the model but it was a top eject I did not care for it. Every deer Iíve shot with it has went down and been recovered and I dont always show it the love it deserves.


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To son in law

My son in law will get mine this fall. He has been expressed an interest in hunting deer this year. They live in Florida and come home each fall. He has a friend that hunts, and keeps after him to try it. When the daughter and son were here at the same time a few years ago I had all four pick out the guns they wanted. He picked the marlin out. The sons wife had no interest so the boy got his pick of 2. The son and daughter both picked out muzzle loaders. The rifle was built when the daughter was hanging with me, the son picked the smoothbore. We shot it quite a lot. He at one time shot it better than I did.

So, I am happy that he is going to use it. I have shot at least 2 deer each year with it except when heart surgery happened. I don't use it any more. Were I have hunted for 40 years is getting houses around it. Have change to a 1873 lever in 357. Shorter range.Chuck40219
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I have a 336 in 35 Remington. I use it for hog hunting. It is an absolute hammer on hogs. I also have a Winchester 94 Ranger in 30WCF (aka 30-30). Curiously, I paid $200 for each of them about 2 years apart. They were both used and each had less than 10 rounds through them (I was well acquainted with both previous owners). The Marlin is much more solid feeling than the Winchester, but the Winchester is lighter. Each has it's place in the field.
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The Newer one's Don't?!?!?
They haven't side tapped for a long time. I think that stopped in the early to mid 190s.
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I love the 336...love it. That said, my favorite to carry in the woods is a SC version in .35 Remington. That thing is accurate and a thumper on game. For longer range I like my 2007 .308ME.
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