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Old January 9, 2019, 01:26 PM   #1
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Glenfield (Marlin 336)

I’m thinking about buying a Glenfield Model 30 (Marlin 336) which naturally was made a couple of decades ago. I think it’s in a really good “shooter” condition. I’m looking for scope suggestions. Is there a such thing as a scope with a BDC for the 30-30 round?

Also, what would be the difference between a Marlin 336 that was made in the exact same year as this Glenfield Model 30? I’ve looked around in the Blue Book of Gun Values and it said these were made between 1960-1966.

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Old January 9, 2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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"...the difference between a..." Usually the fit, finish and stock material. The latter being a lower grade of plain wood. All Marlin M335 inside though.
I believe there are BDC scopes, but the BDC thing never works as well as advertised. Mounts on the side as I recall.
This says they were made until 1983 in assorted models.
https://books.google.ca/books?id=a9X...page&q&f=false
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Old January 9, 2019, 04:53 PM   #3
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The Marlin dating system (based on serial number) is valid for the store brands...

https://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php
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Old January 9, 2019, 08:57 PM   #4
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Glenfield vs Marlin is basically cosmetic. It's like Birch vs Better wood with the same metalwork. I wouldn't hesitate.
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Old January 9, 2019, 09:18 PM   #5
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The Glenfield rifles are just fine, same rifle, just less expensive. Just make sure the used price reflects that as well.


BDC scopes work great, but the hash marks are designed to work with modern cartridges shooting pointed bullets. With most cartridges you zero at 100 and each mark will be pretty close to zero at each additional 50-100 yards depending on the exact scope model.

With your 30-30 zero the rifle at 100 and you'll just have to shoot it at longer ranges and see where the other marks correspond.
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Old January 9, 2019, 09:44 PM   #6
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Two of them got traded in to the store. The one I’m liking has a little scope on it and the wood pieces have decent looking imprints of woodland scenes. I can tell it has been used but not abused at all. I may try to do some touching up on it. I’ve restained a few stocks and since this would just be a shooter, I can take it down and restain it with a clear conscious. I have a Buffalo Bill Cody Commemorative that’s never been shot so this will be a decent East Texas brush Gun for a good long time. I think Marlin has always made a better lever Gun than Winchester anyhow.

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Old January 9, 2019, 10:19 PM   #7
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With Nikon BDC scopes. Yo7 can use their ballistics app with bullet and velocity info, and scope model. It will tell you where each corresponding spot would be zeroed for range.
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Old January 10, 2019, 07:07 AM   #8
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My Glenfield model 30GT has a Simmons 2-7X scope that holds it's zero year after year. This target was shot at 100 yards from a makeshift field rest.

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Old January 10, 2019, 08:17 AM   #9
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Jack O’Conner, that’s the one I’m talking about. How old is your rifle? It looks like there are no stamped out parts. Even the loading gate looks like it was milled out of a forging. They have $170 on it and I looked at the throat with a borescope and it looks pretty good. It all seems like a nice little rifle.
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Old January 10, 2019, 05:45 PM   #10
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Roamin Wade:

I bought my Glenfield carbine new in 1979 for $129. from Western Auto. It features an 18.5 inch barrel which I find very handy for my hunts in rough country. 30-30 is a keeper!

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Old January 10, 2019, 06:29 PM   #11
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If the bore is in good shape, $170 sounds like a great deal. I wouldn't hesitate.
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Old January 12, 2019, 04:44 PM   #12
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I wouldn't bother with a BDC on a 30/30. Get a decent scope and do some shooting. At the
practical range of a 30/30 you will master hold over in a short time. I have several and have
a K3x on a 336 sighted dead 0 at 100yds, another one with reciever sight that is sighted in
at 60yds dead 0 and a 94 Win with factory irons sighted at 100yds. 150yds is my max unless shooting scope from a rest, then 200yds. I use mine for deer so I like to stay within
limits of making a good shot. I know guys shoot 300-400yds on game with them, might be
the area Im from. Our yards tend to be longer than other places.
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Old January 27, 2019, 07:37 AM   #13
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Here is another photo showing my Glenfield with its budget priced Simmons scope.

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Old January 27, 2019, 05:15 PM   #14
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I have a Simmons 8-point on a Marlin 336 that works great. I think $170 is a great deal for that rifle.
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