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Marlin 336 Lever Action 30/30

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BASIC SPECIFICATIONS

Barrel: Blued or Stainless (508mm)
Calibre Reviewed: 30/30
Overall length: 978mm
Magazine Capacity: 6
Safety: Hammer block
Weight: 3.18kg

CALIBRES

  • 30-30 Win

MARLIN 30-30 Variants

Marlin 336W
Marlin 336BL
Marlin 336C
Marlin 336SS
Marlin 336XLR

Introduction

The marlin 336 30/30: arguably the best close-quarters bush deer rifle of its time that is still in production, as well as being a killer on pigs.

Beginning manufacture of the 336 in 1948, Marlin were immediately onto a winner. Seeing the success of the model 94 Winchester in previous years, Marlin grabbed hole of the lever action idea with both hands and didn’t let go. This led to this great little rifle coming in second in sales, only to the before mentioned and recently reviewed Model 94.

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At first appearance, the 336 has smooth lines, classic looks and with subtle hints of aggressiveness that just scream “here piggy piggy!” It also comes to the shoulder crisply and smoothly, allowing for those all important snap shots that are so regularly encountered in our tough Aussie bush hunting settings. The Marlin’s light weight also adds to the attraction as a great all round bush gun.

The barrel blueing on the reviewed model was exceptional, being rich, deep and flawless. The standard open sights included on this rifle are at best acceptable, with aftermarket options definitely the best option in this scenario, with a low power scope or perhaps even a red dot sight completing this package nicely. The stock on the reviewed model was also without flaw, the finish bringing the timber grain pattern out in a stunning fashion, without that annoying varnish shine found on similar stocks. The Marlin has no trigger slack whatsoever, and breaks incredible cleanly, as tested on the local range time and again. Shells are loaded through a slightly sticky gate on the side of the receiver, as with most other lever guns, and this reviewer is sure that that stickiness will disappear in time with the more shells fired. This rifle is also very simple to clean, adding to its popularity.



The 20 inch barrel on this rifle is especially suited for our bush conditions, and can easily take consecutive shots without losing the sight picture. Add to this the low felt recoil, and we have a winner winner chicken dinner, all-round perfect Aussie bush gun.

Now, to the negative points about the Marlin 336 30/30. Whilst having to search hard to find any, the loading gate is a little small and sticky, especially if you are blessed with thick chipolata fingers such as myself, and could definitely do with a little more thumb space.

Conclusion

All in all, for the price and current availability of the Marlin 996, this would definitely be a top contender for the all round best bush gun available, brand new as it stands on the Australian market today.

As much as the Model 94 Winchester is a classic, the Marlin 336 is just as good in this reviewers opinion, with the added bonus of still being in production, and therefore still being available brand new for those that wish for this luxury. Would I be keen to replace my Model 94 with one of Marlins finest? For sure, but not until the Model 94 wears out completely, so I think it might be a while yet.

Until next time, happy shooting.

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