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tmlynch
July 14, 2012, 07:14 PM
Here awhile back, I "accidentally" bought a Marlin 336 on Gunbroker. I bid on purpose, but I never expected the gun to sell for $202. It is used, and shows wear on the metal and the wood. The "bullseye" was missing; Marlin sent me a new one for free. The plug screws on top of the receiver were missing; a local 'smith sold me 4 for $6.
http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/tmlynch/Guns/2012-06-25_19-22-30_764.jpg

I finally got it to the range. Elevation was off at 50 yards, but that was easy to fix.
http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/tmlynch/Guns/2012-07-14_13-44-03_297.jpg

Windage was a bit trickier. I didn't bring a hammer. I marked where the rear sight was with a pencil, then I used my Swiss Army Knife to set against the rear sight in the dovetail, then whacked it with my Leatherman. Lucky hit.
http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/tmlynch/Guns/2012-07-14_13-44-09_588.jpg

I have to say, I'm feeling good about what ended up as my Father's Day present. I think it likes Remington 150 gr. Core-Lokt ammo.

Regards,
Tom

Nine the Ranger
July 14, 2012, 07:20 PM
Huh.

My 336 HATED Remington ammo with a passion.

it seems to like anything Federal and Hornady's Lever-Evolution. But I've never pushed my range past 30 yards, now I want to get to a range and really test it out.

badlander
July 14, 2012, 08:43 PM
Good score!

JohnKSa
July 14, 2012, 08:54 PM
Nice. I like stories like this one. Wish they happened to ME more often though... :D

jjyergler
July 14, 2012, 10:11 PM
I hate you. I just posted about my 336 today. Mine came from my grandfather, but I'd like to get another one (other family members that hunt).

No really, great find. :cool: I hope you enjoy yours one tenth of how much I have enjoyed mine.

tmlynch
July 14, 2012, 10:23 PM
Dear Forum:

I live in a college town, and I never thought it would happen to me until...

We have all read about someone's good luck with a deal. I will confess to my share of envy when reading those posts. I spent a long time watching auctions before this one hit. If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.

Tom

Salmoneye
July 15, 2012, 05:35 AM
Nice...

Don't tell the guys at MarlinOwners, or they will cry in their cornflakes...

I know I am...

Jack O'Conner
July 15, 2012, 04:18 PM
This is a 150 yd target from my Marlin:

http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c146/rushmoreman/30-30target-1.jpg

Jack

tmlynch
July 15, 2012, 04:25 PM
Nice!

Now that I have a group centered, I'll check at longer range. I hope I will be able to do that too.

I will say I am not a huge fan of the stock rear sight. Part of the problem is a shiny spot that makes it hard to get good resolution.

Regards,
Tom

JohnKSa
July 15, 2012, 04:44 PM
You can apply some sight black for a temporary solution, or carefully paint it flat black for a more permanent solution.

tmlynch
July 15, 2012, 04:47 PM
True.

Or I could use this as an excuse to buy a rear peep sight. :D

Tom

PetahW
July 15, 2012, 04:57 PM
I think you got lucky on that Model 336 RC - CONGRATS ! !

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JohnKSa
July 15, 2012, 05:18 PM
Or I could use this as an excuse to buy a rear peep sight.That's the spirit!!!

Williams makes a good peep sight for the Marlin 336, or, if you want something a little more rugged and, in my opinion, better looking, you can take a look at the rear sight Wild West Guns makes.

http://www.wildwestguns.com/accessories.html

I also like their "Trigger Happy" Kit--the one I installed on my 1895 Marlin was so light that the local gunsmith was very suspicious of it and did a battery of tests on it to insure that it was still safe. He couldn't find anything wrong with it--I think he was mostly just jealous. :D

Salmoneye
July 15, 2012, 08:05 PM
Skinners on Marlins just seem to work...

tmlynch
July 15, 2012, 08:52 PM
PetahW:

You raise an interesting question. I'm not sure which 336 variant this is. The serial number puts date of manufacture in the '70's. I don't recall which year.

One listing of 336 variants (http://www.gunknowledge.com/Firearms/Marlin/Marlin%20336/index.html) says the RC stopped in '68. I was thinking this was a W because it has the gold trigger.

Any definitive way to tell?

Regards,
Tom

Salmoneye
July 16, 2012, 05:02 AM
RC will be so stamped on the barrel...

My 1958 RC has the gold trigger...

Wired leader
July 16, 2012, 09:13 AM
Ditto that.....My '57 is stamped 336 RC

huntinaz
July 16, 2012, 09:32 AM
Nice! I have a Skinner peep on my Marlin 1894. I like it.

RickE
July 16, 2012, 11:29 PM
My 336 my long deceased (1968) father passed down to me was produced in 1949. The American Walnut stock ( "fat forgrip") and amazing bluing is like nothing I have seen in my 61 years. The action is butter smooth, and I know my dad did not put a lot of round through it before he died. Wow is all I can say. I gave it to my son, who gave it back to me knowing he would own it in time. Good gun, great son.

gun nut
July 17, 2012, 12:00 AM
Nice 336. My wife and I both have one. Hers is newer with a cross bolt safety. It also does not like Remington corelokts. She just started hunting deer this year. Her farthest shot was 200 yards. I dont remember how many she shot this year but I think she only missed once.

ndking1126
July 17, 2012, 07:37 PM
Awesome! Great deal..

My 336 really doesn't like the Remington 150s either. I moved out west and haven't shot it since, so I've never tried any other load with it. I was going to give the leverlution and something from federal a chance just out of curiosity. You might buy a box of something else just to see.

tmlynch
July 17, 2012, 08:47 PM
I also shot some Winchester 170 gr., and the group was a bit bigger (spot the flier!).
http://i877.photobucket.com/albums/ab337/tmlynch/Guns/2012-07-14_13-47-11_682a.jpg

At that point in the day I was definitely rushing to get out of the heat and humidity (I could hear the sweat gurgling past my ear plugs). No telling how it would do with concentration.

Regards,
Tom