View Full Version : New Marlin 336 30-30

November 23, 2005, 11:45 PM
I just got a new Marlin 30-30 levergun and I love it! I had narrowed it down to either a Winchester Model 94 or a Marlin 336. After my first time shooting it today, I couldn't be happier with my choice! I had heard a lot about the inherent innacuracy of lever-guns, so I wasn't expecting a lot; I just wanted to own one. I was shocked when right out of the box it shot a decent (for me) little group at 100 yds, with the cheap 3-9x40 scope that came with the rifle. I dialed in a click or two of windage and a little elevation, and got a little tighter! One adjustment later I drilled a golf ball dead center.....I was more than satisfied, especially since my expectations had been so low. It's definitely a keeper! I was using Winchester 150 gr. flatpoint bullets; anybody have a favorite bullet that works well for them in the Marlin?




November 24, 2005, 12:04 AM
Lever guns are neat. I know that's an inane comment, but they're just plain neat. I need another one... :D

November 24, 2005, 04:12 AM
I liked my 336 so much that I bought another one when the right deal came along. Much better built than the Winchester and without the "rattle" that W's are known for...:D

Both of my Marlins shoot the 170g Winchesters from Wal Mart better than the 150. Don't know why, but they just get tighter groups.

Enjoy it!


November 24, 2005, 07:19 AM
Mine seems to prefer 170 also

mtn. man
November 24, 2005, 09:58 PM
my first new centerfire rifle was a Marlin 336.
For years it was my only centerfire and i used it for everything.
For groundhogs and coyotes i used 125gr bullets and could more often than not make shots at 200yds and maybe a little more.
I have not used it in years' dont deer hunt anymore and have some better choices for varmints.
I will most likely give it to my grandson when he's older with the hope he will enjoy the use of a good gun as much as i did.
Hope you enjoy it give it decent care and your grandson might enjoy it also.

November 25, 2005, 08:30 PM
Them marlins shoot!!! but them winchesters are cool Have always bought marlins because of scoping some day i'll buy a 94

November 25, 2005, 08:45 PM
Winchester 94s are only a shadow of their original selves since USRAC started building them. Marlin 336s are stiffer, stouter and more accurate than 94s.

November 25, 2005, 09:57 PM
I had a marlin 336 and loved it. It was my deer hunting rifle for about 14 years but finally sold it because I had not rifle hunted for 5 years (Where I live Bow hunting is a 1/2 hour drive, rifle hunting is an usually an overnight stay and a 3+ hour drive). I had the same scope (3x to 9x) and honestly the rifle in not inaccurate its just 30/30 is not a flat shooting round. As you can see it will shoot fine at 100 yards, with pratice you can hit 150 yards, beyond that it gets a little hairy because the bullet will start to dive. The recoil is not as bad as let's say a 30/06, so you can shoot more without killing your shoulder .

November 26, 2005, 07:10 AM
Lever guns are fine with receiver sights and on shots under 150 yards, which is where most deer are shot in Maine. However, a Marlin with a scope is a pretty heavy rifle, compared with some lighter-weight bolt actions.

The .30-06 fired from a Remington 700 with a good recoil pad has about the same felt recoil as an iron-sighted .30-30 Win. 94 with a plastic or steel buttplate. I've shot hundreds of rifles and found that stock design and recoil pads make a huge difference in how recoil is perceived. The Remingon 700 and Winchester 70 stocks are among the best. Savage 110 series sporters are, well...SAVAGE in comparison.


November 26, 2005, 07:12 AM
Double post due to database error.