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April 27, 2012, 08:03 AM
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.

April 27, 2012, 09:08 AM
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.


April 28, 2012, 06:28 AM
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.

April 28, 2012, 01:02 PM
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.

April 28, 2012, 02:23 PM
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.

Jack O'Conner
April 29, 2012, 05:46 AM
This is my Glenfield 30GT made by Marlin. 30-30 is a keeper!

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



April 29, 2012, 06:12 PM
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.

April 29, 2012, 10:05 PM
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

April 30, 2012, 06:47 AM
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

Te Anau
April 30, 2012, 09:16 PM
Are the only 336's worth getting the ones without the crossbolt safety?

May 1, 2012, 03:31 AM
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.

May 1, 2012, 05:02 AM
I'd vote for the 336. You can keep them very traditional, or....


Big Shrek
May 3, 2012, 04:52 AM
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 :D

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.

May 3, 2012, 11:56 AM
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.

May 6, 2012, 01:32 PM
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.

Doc TH
May 6, 2012, 02:35 PM
The SKS and the Marlin 336 are very different rifles. The intended use of the rifle should determine your choice.

Big Shrek
May 7, 2012, 01:52 AM
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 ;)

May 7, 2012, 03:10 AM
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.

May 8, 2012, 07:49 AM
My Marlin 336 and 1894c .357 are two of my favorite guns. I'm going to give them the takedown (http://thearmsroom.com/id3.html) treatment later this year.

May 25, 2012, 03:28 PM
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.

May 25, 2012, 10:43 PM
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.

Highest recommendation

May 26, 2012, 06:46 PM
I'd get a pre Remington Marlin. I've not heard good things about the new ones.

May 26, 2012, 10:19 PM
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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May 28, 2012, 11:20 PM
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.

Jack O'Conner
June 2, 2012, 07:04 PM
This is my sons Marlin in 35 Remington and a dandy northern California muley.



June 3, 2012, 08:16 PM
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.

If you don't reload or don't want to then the 336 in .30-30 would be a good choice.

On the other hand if you will be reloading then the .45-70 has much versatility (300-550 gr bullets). Can be loaded from trapdoor to full house bruiser's.
Even trapdoor loads will easily kill a moose at 100 yards.

You can install a picatinny style rail on the marlin for a scout scope with quick detach rings and still have peep sights installed.
I've seen one's with a rail on the bottom of the mag tube for rail flashlights and such.

I wouldn't bother with an sks. The newest Marlins I saw yesterday were actually good. Smooth operating and, no gaps in the wood to metal fit.
The ones made by Remington have "MR" stamped and, those made by Marlin have "JM" stamp.

June 3, 2012, 09:35 PM
I own two Marlins, my .444 and my 1894c in .357. Both are great guns based on the basic 336 frame. I did have to send my .444 back to the factory to fix incurable jamming episodes back in 2009, but they did a great job getting it back into working order. Works well today.

For those that don't want the recoil of a 45-70, the .444 offers another great woods gun that can handle anything in North America with the right ammo such as the Buffalo Bore 335 gr at 2025 fps for over 3000 ft-pds muzzle energy. It is my dedicated woods gun for Idaho where they do have grizzly but hopefully they are going the other direction from me and not at me any time soon.

Not sure what would be worse, getting messed up by a grizzly, or getting run over by the Feds if I ever had to use my weapons in self defense against a grizzly. The recent cases are not comforting on that last option.

June 13, 2012, 12:15 AM
I really like the 336 platform, the foregrip is bigger than a M94 Chester and it has a pistol grip. Mine is a model 375 in .375 Winchester.
It averages 2" @ 100 yards from the bench with 200, 220 or 260 grn bullets.:cool:
Those that don't like levers, have probably never hunted with one. In the dense woods of western WA. they are right at home.

Jack O'Conner
June 13, 2012, 05:26 PM
This photo was sent by a friend. I have no info to share about the details of the hunt. 30-30 is a keeper!



June 15, 2012, 02:07 PM
Are SKS still available? Whats a good price for one? i can't seem to find one, went searching and ended up with yet another Mosin nagant because i found it first and the price was right.:confused: can't seem to find one.

June 15, 2012, 02:22 PM
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I really like the 336 platform, the foregrip is bigger than a M94 Chester and it has a pistol grip. Mine is a model 375 in .375 Winchester.
It averages 2" @ 100 yards from the bench with 200, 220 or 260 grn bullets.
Those that don't like levers, have probably never hunted with one. In the dense woods of western WA. they are right at home.

+1 tahoe2. Nothing wrong at all with lever rifles. That is all I own at present from Henry, to Marlin to Browning BLR. I guess I am a bit hooked on these rifles. I can't for the life of me understand why people disparage these great guns. On the other hand, their complaints fall on deaf ears since the criticisms are just unfounded.

June 16, 2012, 01:06 AM
That's true Alaska, I also love my model 99 in .300 Savage, it's a good long range lever(200+ yds).
200 around here is a long shot.

Crazy Carl
June 18, 2012, 06:34 PM
I've got both. A '87 30AS in .30-30 & a /144\ Norinco SKS.

Both are great guns & as accurate as I am.

SKS was bought as a knock-around, bug-out type gun, but is as accurate as the Marlin & may well get drug out to the woods, come fall.

I simply love the Marlin. Leverguns just work for me & the .30-30 is perfect for the woods we hunt. Put a Skinner peep sight on 'er & put young fork-horn in the freezer with 'er last year.

I'd say you couldn't go wrong with either, but if I had to choose, I'd get the Marlin.

June 19, 2012, 10:28 AM
I just picked up a 336W yesterday and I'm headed to the range this afternoon. I found mine in a pawnshop and got her for $299 OTD. Gotta love 'em. I also have an 1894 in 44Mag. great shooter and fun even for the kids.

June 20, 2012, 12:01 AM
I have owned a Marlin 336 in .35 Rem. since 1970ish . . .

An SKS Paratrooper since approx. 1990.

Love them both and hunt with them both. They have both taken whitetail and I have to say that the SKS with hollowpoint ammo leaves a far, far, more impressive exit wound than the core-lokt .35.

Marlin is 4X scoped; SKS is peep sight with Williams Firesight up front.