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Old July 1, 2013, 10:07 AM   #1
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Q about Marlin lever

Can someone say if this is a fault condition or normal?
I have an older Marlin 336 dated about 1976, lacking the cross bolt safety as on newer versions. When the rifle is fully cocked and ready to fire, there is free play in the trigger. I can wiggle it forward and rearward about 3/8 inch easily. The rifle shoots well. Is there perhaps a spring missing or broken or is it normal to have this free play? I might take it apart and check it out or leave it be depending on what you guys say. I don't know if the inner parts for newer models or diagrams apply to the older production. Thanks.
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Old July 1, 2013, 10:17 AM   #2
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Perfectly normal 'trigger flop' on a Marlin 336...

There is a kit to 'fix' that 'feature':

http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts...prod16630.aspx
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Old July 1, 2013, 10:26 AM   #3
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"Unique, two-piece design eliminates annoying flop of the Marlin factory trigger"

Okay thanks so much for the quick reply. I see it is typical and known as trigger flop. No need for inspection or repair.
Thanks again.
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Old July 1, 2013, 08:08 PM   #4
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Somebody say something about a 'Q'?



sorry I couldn't resist.
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Old July 11, 2013, 12:37 PM   #5
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While it can be eliminated, the trigger "flop" is only a problem, if it bothers you, or affects you ability to shoot the rifle well.

The "flop" of the trigger actually has a beneficial effect, giving the trigger some "wiggle room" if you should brush/touch it with your finger(s) while working the lever. While it may not prevent a painful pinch, having some trigger flop means that it might decrease the odds of it happening...
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Old July 11, 2013, 12:51 PM   #6
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youll get used to it soon, i dont think you need to "fix" it.
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Old July 11, 2013, 01:55 PM   #7
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It drives some people crazy...

I'm not one of them...
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Old July 11, 2013, 03:07 PM   #8
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I'm ok with it now that I know it is typical.
Just not used to it from handling so many newer rifles.
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Old July 12, 2013, 10:17 PM   #9
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I have a '70's 336 in .35 rem, and yes it does have that flop too. But man does it have a nice, light trigger to be factory. love those old Marlins. Sadly they don't make 'em like they used to. Just embrace the floppiness, after all the gun is nearly 40, a little floppiness is to be expected by that age
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Old July 13, 2013, 04:43 AM   #10
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I have the trigger happy kit from wild west guns on my 1894, It was a night and day difference. not only removing the "flop" but over all a much nicer trigger.

EDIT: As others have said after a bit I never even noticed the "flop". But still recommend the trigger happy kit for a lighter crisper feel.
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Old July 13, 2013, 04:46 AM   #11
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Oh and Tahunua... Awesome Q reference lol
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Old July 13, 2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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thanks, I never thought that I'd ever be the guy making ST jokes.

as for the OP so I'm not just posting irrelevant jokes. I have no clue myself, all of my experience is with the newer safety style.
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Old July 13, 2013, 02:58 PM   #13
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I'm ok with it now that I know it is typical.
Just not used to it from handling so many newer rifles.
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I have no clue myself, all of my experience is with the newer safety style.
Don't the newer Marlins have the trigger flop anymore? I have an 1894c made around 2000 with the cross bolt safety and that had the trigger flop (before the trigger happy kit).
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Old July 13, 2013, 06:50 PM   #14
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I had an 88 1894 and my brother in law has a 2011 1895, both use the same safety style so I'm guessing 88 used the new style. neither have the trigger flop that I've noticed.
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Old July 14, 2013, 05:19 AM   #15
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The Cross-Bolt Safety has nothing whatsoever to do with trigger flop...
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