Hello to all, new here and this is my first post. While on my way to work yesterday I stop in at my local gun shop to see if they had got in any rim fire ammo. The owner just traded for a very, very good Marlin 336CB in 38-55 cal. The only real thing I saw about this rifle was the guy had for what ever reason tryed to put a sling stud in the butt stock right where the little bull eyes sticker was (@%$^&*#^% ). I ask the guy about the rifle and he said he had shot it 6 times and it hit right where he was aiming but the rifle was no good to him for it does not have any way of putting a sling on it. Said he bought it new long time ago and all it done was sit and gather dust. It came with me, got it and 100 rounds of ammo for $400.00 bucks. I hope thats a good price. i look at the area here where it talks about serial numbers trying to find out when this rifle was made but not sure if i understand it, the serial number is 99116723, does this mean this rifle was made in 1999? Please help! Thanks .22 LongRifle
You stole that one, there is one on GB for $675 and it has a bid. Congrats! If you look around you will find the info in the ref library on when it was made.
Quite a buy! Those don't come around very often as they aren't made any longer and demand is high. I paid $650 for mine and thought I did well. They are selling for $700 and up on gunbroker.
I'm gaining slowly but still gaining. Can't have enough old Marlins!
The ammo alone is worth 200 bucks so you really got an 800 dollar rifle for 200 dollars. What a deal!! The bullseye can and should be replaced. You can call Marlin or buy one on line from Numrich, Brownells, Bob's guns and so on.
You will love the 38-55 but handloading is a must to realize it's potential as factory ammo is very mild out of respect for the 100+ year old 38-55 rifles still out there. It is a great caliber.
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Welcome to the site and congrats on your find. You did well young squire! These CBs do not like to collect dust, they like to shoot lots and lots of cast bullets down range or at anything for that matter. Hand loading is a must and the .38-55 is very easy to load, brass is always available. Bore diameter in the Marlin CB is usually .379. They could be a bit larger, rarely smaller.
That was a terrific find,I stocked up on a lot of ammo a year ago and paid 40 plus dollars a box for some .38-55s.
You'd better go play the lottery soon, luck like that doesn't last very long. The price you paid was a steal for the gun, the fact that you got all that ammo with it is just shameful.
Oh, and welcome to the forum. Did you see the part in the forum rules where all newly-acquired Marlins have to have their photographs posted, so the rest of us can drool over them too?
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Buffalo Bore makes some nice ammo for the 38-55. It shoots good out of my 336CB.
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If you start reloading for the 38-55, you'll find Starline makes brass of the proper wall thickness, which will allow you to chamber bullets of 0.380" diameter with no problems. Winchester brass is thicker and can cause problems chambering with bullets of 0.379 or 0.380 in some rifles.
Factory ammo is loaded with bullets of 0.375 diameter, which will frequently give mediocre accuracy in these rifles, since their bores are in the 0.379 to 0.380 range. Handloading brings out the best in them. For instance, with factory ammo, the best I can achieve is 4" to 5" groups at 100 yards. With my 0.380 cast bullets over black powder, I can get 1.5" groups.
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Be happy they put the sling swivel in the bulls eye hole. When you replace the bullseye you will never know there was a sling swivel in the stock.
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