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    Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Anyone know, my brother wants a lever 243
    All I can find so far is the old sav99 in 243 . . browning bar lever in 243, and winchester 88 in 243.
    Those are all ugly as heck. and was wondering if Marlin ever put out a 243, or is there an easy adaptation somewhere/somehow?

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    No, and not likely. The .243 is beyond the 336's capabilities to handle high-intensity rounds...

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    perhaps in an 1895 then?
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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Quote Originally Posted by I_LOVE_GRANPAS_GUNS
    perhaps in an 1895 then?
    1895 is just a re-worked 336.

    You'd also have the spitzers in a mag tube issue.

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Chaps
    Quote Originally Posted by I_LOVE_GRANPAS_GUNS
    perhaps in an 1895 then?
    1895 is just a re-worked 336.
    You'd also have the spitzers in a mag tube issue.
    Hmmm wondering now what the browning and winny versions are shooting then.... gonna have to look into that.
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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Quote Originally Posted by I_LOVE_GRANPAS_GUNS
    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Chaps
    Quote Originally Posted by I_LOVE_GRANPAS_GUNS
    perhaps in an 1895 then?
    1895 is just a re-worked 336.
    You'd also have the spitzers in a mag tube issue.
    Hmmm wondering now what the browning and winny versions are shooting then.... gonna have to look into that.
    They shoot stacked mags in the receiver.

    I remember reading a long time ago about a guy using spitzer rounds in his 336 30/30, one in the chamber one in the tube. I have no recollection of where he got the bullets and maybe it was an AI or something.

    At any rate, with the Hornady LE out there the 30/30 or .308ME might be worth consideration.

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    I agree the Browning BLR's are not near as nice looking as the Marlins...but they are fine rifles.

    I have 2 older BLR's...one is a 243, I'm not sure when it was made but it was before they started making them all with aluminum receivers because mine is steel.

    The good point about the BLR's...they have rotating locking lugs on the front of the bolt which lock into the barrel extension (very similar to whats in an AR 15), this is what allows the BLR's to shoot the high intensity (60,000+ psi) rounds. With that setup it doesn't matter what the receiver is made of....the barrel and locking lugs contain all the pressure.

    The Marlins have a rudimentary locking lug on the rear of the bolt...but for the most part the action works much like an "over center binder"...if you don't know what that is, here's a pic ( http://www.binderloc.com/images/Image%28369%29.jpg )

    It cams over center...which is what holds most of the pressure when firing. Its a simple, efficient, and effective mechanism...but it has its limits.

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Have a friend with a Winchester 88 in .243. Great rifle for fallow. I have been after one for a while since the Marlins lack a cal in that range. The 88 with a stacked mag will shoot all known pointy bullets. I just talked to him and is converting another 88 to a .358 for Sambar and Red's. Don't know what cal it is/was.

    Only when Hornady make a round in LE will Marlin consider doing something .243 or 1/4 inch will do fine.

    I for one am already saving up for just a beast. It is only a matter of time. When did we ever think that the 336 would house a 308 or 338 cal round.

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    Re: Possible to have a Marlin 336 lever in 243?

    Only option in a new gun is a BLR. I have one in 7mm08 and like it a whole lot. Old gun you can maybe find a Savage or Win 88.
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