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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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