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Old April 27, 2012, 08:03 AM   #1
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Marlin 336

I Have been toying with the idea of picking up a marlin 336 or an 1895 cowboy but I am kind of leaning towards the 336 because of ammunition prices, what are your thoughts on the marlin 336. Instead of getting a marlin another option would be to get a Russian sks and deck it out withall tapco acessories.
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Old April 27, 2012, 09:08 AM   #2
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I'd WAG the final choice will come down to your druthers - traditional or tactical.

The older M336 is a solid, reliable rifle, as is the SKS (aka: poor man's .30-30) - and seems handiest when pepp-sighted ILO scoped.

The SKS can be easily peeped or scoped - and has all those accessories you know about.

I've found the M336 to be lighter than the SKS, except for M336CB Cowboy models, which have a longer/heavier bbl.

FWIW, I've found the Marlins a snap to take apart for cleaning ( one screw), vs the SKS - but YMMV, of course.

I would suggest you find & handle (aka: coonfinger) a sample of each before making up your mind.

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Old April 28, 2012, 06:28 AM   #3
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I have a 336. You can not go wrong there. I love it, but my total fav is my 1894c in 357 Mag.
If I had the extra cash and cast my own I would go 45-70 in the 1895.
Word of caution. find a gun a few years old, The new ones are real git or miss in quality.
If you are near Washington state in know where there are 3 pre-crossbolt safety 336;s for sale. one in the .35Rem cartridge.
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Old April 28, 2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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I'd considered some of the same options in the past. Personally, I ruled out the SKS because they tend to be pretty heavy, and I wanted something that would be enjoyable to carry for hunting. If I were only going to shoot from a bench or a tree stand, the weight might not matter.

I ended up going with a Marlin 1894c in .357 mag. With the right ammo (Buffalo Bore, for example) it can be comparable to a 7.62x39. But it also shoots .38 specials which are relatively inexpensive, quiet (quieter than .22lr out of my pistol) and mild enough that I can shoot small game without blowing them up.

If you're looking for a designated deer rifle, I'd maybe go with the 336, but maybe give the 1894c a look if you want a fun little general purpose gun.

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Old April 28, 2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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Opposite ends of the rifle spectrum for me, SKS looks like fun but I love a good 336. Handy, accurate, enjoyable to gaze upon. YMMV, of course.
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Old April 29, 2012, 05:46 AM   #6
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This is my Glenfield 30GT made by Marlin. 30-30 is a keeper!

Mossberg 464 is a well built carbine and accurate, too.

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Old April 29, 2012, 06:12 PM   #7
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choice

I'd pick a 336 over an SKS in a heartbeat. I am not a fan of comrade Simonov's overweight, overlength, stop gap rifle that parades around as a carbine.

The 336 is made here, made in an adequate and popular caliber, and has a long and deep support network. If you want to go tactical or down a different path, a lever .30-30 can be tricked out with scout scope, XS sights, butt cuff, and the wood stocks replaced with synthetic or black epoxied, and you will have a lever scout.

Old school? Put a convetional peep on the 336 and have at it. I do not shoot leaf and bead sights so well anymore.
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Old April 29, 2012, 10:05 PM   #8
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JJP you can always buy a mould and cast bullets for that 45-70. I don't know that it'll make up the diff in ammo costs, but it will certainly save you money over store-bought bullets. I know several guy who hunt with cast in various 45 and 50 cal single shots and after looking at their field dressed deer pics, you can tell they aren't hurting for more gun
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Old April 30, 2012, 06:47 AM   #9
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336 I would take over the sks but as noted make sure its the older models 15 to 20yrs back (Marlin had some quality issues google the Marlin Jam) But my 336 in 44mag is a champ she is flawless never fails
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Old April 30, 2012, 09:16 PM   #10
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Are the only 336's worth getting the ones without the crossbolt safety?
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Old May 1, 2012, 03:31 AM   #11
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i own quite a few lever action,s but this marlin 95 in 45-70 is one of my favorites and will kill any think in the U.S. and by reloading its not expenceve to shot. eastbank.
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Old May 1, 2012, 05:02 AM   #12
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I'd vote for the 336. You can keep them very traditional, or....

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Old May 3, 2012, 04:52 AM   #13
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I'm all about my 1952 336RC Waffle-Top in .30-30
and this is why they call it a waffle-top...NEVER D/T one of these...kills the resale.


I even ditched my 1895SBL (.45-70) in favor of the 336...main reason, a gun from my grandpa's era makes me feel closer now that he's gone...
and the 336 is dead nuts precise...minute of deer heart


Its my go-to rifle for deer & hog...and the occasional coyote for overkill

And no, that minwax clearcoat was there for a crib I was finishing...didn't use it on the 336...God Forbid...eeccchhh.
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Old May 3, 2012, 11:56 AM   #14
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I used to own an SKS and they are very accurate or was for me at least.
I used to own a 336 and I can say no bad about that rifle. It liked my reloads, was easy to maintain, and cheap to load for. The only reason I don't have it still, is that I bought an 1895G and I figured if I'm casting and loading for it, the 336 is redundant. I have a friend who's always wanted a 30/30 so I gave it to him.

My feeling is, if you are going to wind up casting and loading for your rifle eventually anyway, go for 45/70 and enjoy the greater versatility of the bigger round.
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Old May 6, 2012, 01:32 PM   #15
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I have a 2006 vintage 336 in 30-30 with a Williams FP peep sight. Light to carry and accurate out to 100+ yards...it's a classic 336 for general hunting purposes, an SKS if you envision a gun fight with a motor cycle gang.
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Old May 6, 2012, 02:35 PM   #16
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The SKS and the Marlin 336 are very different rifles. The intended use of the rifle should determine your choice.
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Old May 7, 2012, 01:52 AM   #17
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One other nifty thing about 336 over an SKS...

Cops & Civilians both will look atcha funny when yer holding an SKS...
but few will think anything but "Hunter" or "Cowboy" when they see a lever-action in yer hands...

Of course...the lever-action was the Original Assault Rifle!!
Just ask Geronimo
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Old May 7, 2012, 03:10 AM   #18
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Marlin 336

My Marlin 336 C has been with me since 1973, It's my most go-to rifle out of the six I own. I also have a 336 T (Texan) - 44 Mag . both have given me great service.
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Old May 8, 2012, 07:49 AM   #19
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My Marlin 336 and 1894c .357 are two of my favorite guns. I'm going to give them the takedown treatment later this year.
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Old May 25, 2012, 03:28 PM   #20
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I own both a marlin 336 and a SKS. An't nether one of them going know were. The 336 is better for hunting. Yhe SKS is better for social service. both are great for plinking. The SKS is cheaper to shoot than the 30-30.
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Old May 25, 2012, 10:43 PM   #21
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Marlin 336 in 30-30. Got mine in fall of 1972. It is my go to rifle when hunting brush in fowl weather. Have an old Tasco scope with williams see through mounts on it.

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Old May 26, 2012, 06:46 PM   #22
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I'd get a pre Remington Marlin. I've not heard good things about the new ones.
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Old May 26, 2012, 10:19 PM   #23
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I have a 336 that I bought new two years ago. Good gun with no issues. I put a better trigger in it and it's a real shooter. I would say it's my favorite rifle.

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Old May 28, 2012, 11:20 PM   #24
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336/sks

I have a shootin buddy with both, he says the sks is for fun and the 336 for huntin. I agree, I have handled and shot both, the 336 is lighter, & a little longer, but better balanced. recoil is the same.
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Old June 2, 2012, 07:04 PM   #25
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This is my sons Marlin in 35 Remington and a dandy northern California muley.

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