View Full Version : Polishing parts...Tumbler?

April 2, 2012, 08:55 AM
I'm pretty sure I know the answer but I've been wrong before.....many times actually. :D

I have a 1969 Marlin 336 Lever action and the action is not as smooth as I'd like. I've never owned a levergun so the action might be as good as it gets.

Could I take some of the internal parts and tumble them like I do with brass or would that remove too much material? I already took some 800 grit paper and metal polish to some parts but it didnt seem to make much difference.

Keep in mind I lightly polished the parts for fear of ruining the items.

Thanks for your help, try not to laugh! :)


April 2, 2012, 09:15 AM
The problem is - you will not only polish parts you want polished for a smoother action but also parts that have intentionally sharp edges, like everything related to the trigger and bolt locking mechanism. Plus getting excess clearances might in some cases lead to worse operation than a very tight mechanism. So - imo - nice try, but no cylindrical smoking thing.

April 2, 2012, 10:29 AM
Gotcha, thanks! :)

April 3, 2012, 11:44 PM
Not to mention the task of reassembling a lever action.... Properly. Igh. Not exactly my definition of a fun time.

April 4, 2012, 10:36 AM
Marlins are a piece of cake to work on ! You must be thinking of Winchesters or Brownings .

April 4, 2012, 10:48 AM
browning bl22 in particular. hopefully I won't have to mess with one anymore.:o

April 4, 2012, 08:43 PM
Yeah I thought the Marlin 336 was pretty easy, I didnt even look at a YT vid.