Marlin 336

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The Marlin 336 for sale is an icon among rifles. It was introduced in 1948, and has been in production ever since. The 336 is immensely popular. More than 6 million have been made, making it not only one of the most-produced guns in the United States, but in the world. The Winchester 94 ranks ahead of it with 7,500,000. The irony there is that Winchester got all the Hollywood roles, but the 336 is not only a better rifle; it’s a much better rifle. Let us count the ways.

Probably most important, the 336 receiver, which has a solid top and ejects from the side, is much stiffer than that of the 94, which ejects from the top. This means you can mount a scope on a 336, but getting one on a 94 involves gunsmithing heroics and never works out well.

The Marlin 336 for sale bolt is cylindrical, which gives it greater strength, and there is far less machinery overall. You can tune up a 336 trigger pretty well; not so a 94 trigger. Properly cared for, a 336 is damn near unstoppable. With the 336, you can remove the lever and then pull out the bolt for cleaning. This enables you to scrub the bore from the breech end, which will save the muzzle a lot of grief. It also means that if your rifle is caught in an ice storm, or clogged with squirrel poop, you can give it a thorough cleaning with very little trouble.

Buy Marlin 336 online lever guns are far more accurate than Winchesters. In 2009, I shot two different Marlin levers that would turn in minute-of-angle groups. One was a custom gun, the other right out of the factory. Much of this has to do with Marlin’s Microgroove rifling. Before 1950, Marlin cut their grooves with a hook cutter, one groove at a time, and there were 4 to 6 grooves in a barrel. The process took 15 to 60 minutes per barrel, and this had to be speeded up. The answer was a tungsten-carbide “button” that was hauled through the barrel once. The process now took 2 to 5 seconds, and left behind 12 to 16 very shallow, narrow, grooves that gave superior accuracy by dint of deforming bullets less than traditional rifling. I don’t know if Ruger will retain this system, but I hope so. It’s traditionally Marlin, and it works.

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(A side note about accuracy: Back in the 1960s, a gun writer named Bob Wallack, who worked for Marlin, got in an argument with a yahoo about the “inherent inaccuracy” of lever-action rifles. Wallack, who was  a very good gunsmith, took a 336 out of the box, removed the fore-end and barrel, and screwed in a match-grade bull barrel. Next he loaded up some .30/30 rounds with match bullets and proceeded to shoot tiny, bolt-action-sized groups with the lever gun.)

Marlin 336 for sale It’s not a perfect design. In 1983, Marlin incorporated an abomination known as the cross-hammer safety, or the CBS (which I guess stands for Cross-Blocking Safety), which seems like something lawyers cooked up. Traditionally, if you didn’t want the rifle to go off accidentally, you carried it with an empty chamber or, if you believed that action was imminent, you levered a round in the chamber and then put the hammer on half cock. It is to be devoutly hoped that Ruger will omit this abomination. It’s awkwardly placed, and in the heat of battle you can’t remember which direction to push it Buy Marlin 336 online.

I also hope that Ruger either omits the traditional, horrible, front-bead and rear-notch sight which looks like it came from a Crackerjack box. There was a time when people accepted this kind of junk because they didn’t know any better and our standards of accuracy were far lower. Not any more. If Ruger would like to do the job right, they could put a fiber optic sight up front (with a decent hood) and a ghost-ring on the receiver. If you have an arrangement like that, you can shoot about as well as you can with a scope up to 200 yards. 

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