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Old April 26, 2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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marlin 30/30 -jc penny 3040?

I have a Marlin 30/30 I bought second hand back in the upper 80's for $100.It was in like new condition.went deer hunting couple times with it back when I first got but haven't used it really since.Just been hibernating in its case.I got it out and shot it couple days ago.
I am just wondering if anyone has any info on this gun or knows where i can find anything out about it on hte web? It reads Marlin 30/30 winchester J.C Penny model 3040 on the barrel.i was always sort of embarrassed by the Jcpenny on the barrel,thinking it was a lesser quality gun,but this thing is really a decent rifle.Seems very durable,reliable,just a cool riflle.I don;t hear or read a whole lot on 30/30's ,not sure why,I guess they are not too popular,but they seem to be really nice guns.
anyone familiar with the jc penny 3040 or know of anywhere on the web to find credible info on it?
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Old April 26, 2010, 12:19 PM   #2
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The JC Penney 3040 is a Glenfield model 30A, an economy version of the Marlin 336. All parts for the Marlin 336 should fit.

People don't talk about the 30 -30 very much becasue it is not very cool. It lobs a heavy bullet at moderate velocity and kills very well, but people seem to think that because Grampa used it to kill deer 100 years ago it can't be any good. It might be worth remembering that Grampa also liked 30-06 rifles, but don't go telling anybody about that.
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Old April 26, 2010, 12:40 PM   #3
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what is a glenfield 30A,is it a model made by Marlin or a rifle made by glenfield?
Is glenfield 30A different than a 336?
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Old April 26, 2010, 12:51 PM   #4
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The JC Penney 3040 is a Glenfield model 30A, an economy version of the Marlin 336.
Just like it says, the Glenfield 30A is an economy version of the Marlin 336, meaning it has cheaper wood and rougher finishing, probably has no checkering. Other than the external visible things, it is the same gun as a 336.
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Old April 26, 2010, 01:17 PM   #5
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I wouldn't be one bit embarassed about the Penny's name. They made good tools too.
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Old April 26, 2010, 01:47 PM   #6
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Shows how powerful advertizing. The gun don’t know it has JC Penney on it, and since it was made by the same people, it will shoot just as well as a Marlin. But you know. And the power of Branding combined with the placebo effect, and you think it is of lesser quality.

Just enjoy it for what it is. A decent rifle.
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Old April 26, 2010, 03:14 PM   #7
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Any Glenfield model was made by Marlin. The 30-30 is perfect for close range deer, and by close range I mean inside 200 yards. Its pretty flat shooting at that range....only about 6" low @ 200 yards with a 170gr bullet if you go 1.5" high at 100. A 30-06 is 8.5" low @ 300 with a 150 grain bullet.

http://www.winchester.com/Products/r...s/default.aspx

The 30-30 is still a very popular cartridge in many deer camps. And many collectors seek out those Sears/JC Penny/K-Mart models. I looked & looked for a K-Mart 30TK and finally found one this year. Its a straight-stocked Marlin 30-30 with a half-magazine & an 18.5" barrel. Sort of a 30-30 guide gun.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=165966335

If you ever have some in depth questions about Marlin lever actions, hop on over to Marlin Owners:

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php?board=8.0
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Old April 26, 2010, 08:54 PM   #8
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J.C. Penney 3040 Marlin 336
J.C. Penney 3040 Glenfield 30A

The Foremost brand was sold by J.C.Penney. The Foremost model 3040 is a Marlin 336A (1948-1962), or 30A (1964-1983) depending on the year of manufacture. Check the length of your barrel to be sure which yours is. Store brand guns generally are priced 10%-25% less than the brand name gun.
MODEL 336A RIFLE
- improved 36A, .30-30 Win., .35 Rem., or .32 Spl. cal., round breech bolt, 24 in. barrel with 2/3 mag. Mfg. 1948-1962, re-introduced 1973-80.
Grading .....100% .....98% ....95% ....90% ....80% ....70% ....60%
...................$450 .....$400 ....$350 ....$300 ....$195 ...$175 ...$150

MODEL 30/30A LEVER ACTION
- .30-30 Win. cal., 20 in. barrel, promotional Glenfield model with birch stock and pressed checkering. Mfg. 1964-83.
Grading .....100% ....98% ....95% ....90% ....80% ....70% ....60%
...................$220 .....$185 ...$160 ....$135 ...$120 ...$110 ...$100
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Old April 27, 2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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The .30-30 gets lost in todays rifle talk because it isn't 'tacticool'. The 30-30 is still an excellent round and with some of the newer ammo like Honady's Leverevolution allows you to extend the range some. From about 250 yards in, it is deadly on Deer size game.
My .30-30 is a M94 Winchester and it is still my favorite rifle and would be the one I would go with in a SHTF, it is light, reliable, the ammo is cheap and it is easy to shoot. I have added Williams Fire Sights and a sling Besides, it is just plain fun to go to the range next to a group with their AR's, they will almost always ask what I'm shooting. I will let them pop a couple and then watch the smiles when they are done.
No, the old .30-30 is not the most powerfull, the coolest looking, but it a lot of fun to shoot and it works as intended and that's all you can ask.
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Old April 27, 2010, 12:26 PM   #10
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This is my Glenfield 30GT by Marlin. Features include 18.5 inch barrel, one barrel band, beech hardwood stock. It shoots quite well and has put a lot of meat on our table. I traced a can of beans to make this pink target.

Sears offered a Winchester 94 30-30 under the Ted Williams name until mid-1980's. Sears, Target, BEST, JC Penney, Western Auto, and Montgomery Ward all had well stocked firearm departments in my youth. K-Mart and WalMart offered firearms too. JC Penney sold handguns until 1968. I remember they were displayed under glass similar to current Jewelry Dept.

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Old April 27, 2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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i have the jcpenny 3040 and a marlin 336rc. i got the jcpenny when i was 12, paid 115 dollars and it came with a glenfield scope. other than the cheap wood i do not believe there is a difference between the two rifles. i like the jcpenny because it was my first rifle and it reminds me of the good days when a man could go into jcpenny and find something he needed.
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Old April 28, 2010, 01:28 PM   #12
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I have an '84 336 AS Micro. As I understand it, the only difference between the standard 336, is that it is a Birch stock instead of Walnut and the forend does not have the 'double taper' for lack of a better term.

Aside from that, a 336 is a 336 regardless of who was selling them, they are awesome, classic guns.

The Hornady Leverevolution really takes this from a 'brush' gun to a much longer performer. My testing tells me that the LE is much flatter then the old stub nosed 30-30 rounds.

Enjoy, it's a true American Classic.
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Old April 28, 2010, 01:54 PM   #13
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The Hornady Leverevolution really takes this from a 'brush' gun to a much longer performer. My testing tells me that the LE is much flatter then the old stub nosed 30-30 rounds.
Maybe a bit more flat. But, as per always, different ammo shoots better in different guns. I know of many 30-30 owners who cannot get the Hornady Lever Evelution ammo to hold better than a 5" three shot group. It pays to experiment.
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