I saw the Mar-Shield finish today for the 1st time on a few newer 336's. Good gawd it was fugly. What the hale were they thinkin Of course I thought it looked better than the laminate finish XLR I saw.... I much prefer the finish on the older guns. I guess I'm old school and set in my ways....
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Yep, looks like sprayed on thinned brown paint IMO, give me a nice clear finish on a piece of walnut anyday. If I were to buy a new one the first thing to go would be the finish. Mr fixit
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Even back in the early 70's the Marshield finish was ghastly. I guess when you spray on the finish that's how it's going to look. I much prefer the ones I have refinished. Of course other gun makers have had some ghastly finishes over the years, as well.
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Ghastly is an understatement, Hal, but you must admit it is tough and durable yet easily repaired when scratched. For a beautiful finish, nothing can compare to a good hand rubbed oil finish. So one must choose, tough or beauty. All depends on how the gun will be used.
I like Mar-Shield. I save it when I can. I've had very good luck repairing it.
The Mar shield on my336SS and 1985GS Don't look to bad. I know I could put on A better finish but afraid to screw up the checkering. Mabye after A few dings I will get my courage up and put on A proper finish.
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LT, you are quite correct, the Marshield finish is UGLY. It is also very cheap to apply and that is why it is used. A nice hand rubbed oil finish would be nice but then the price would be outragious. Refinishing our marlins is part of Marlinitis. I know my new 444 has walnut stock and fore end, but plain grain and the Marshield makes it worse. Someday I'll strip the old finish off and put on a hand rubbed oil finish, that will highlight any grain there and be very nice. Y'all take care, John.
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What exactly is a "better" or "proper" finish? As I said, the Mar-shield is tough and durable. It's also very easily repaired. What are you going to use that is more durable, repairable, and care free? Pretty it is not, so do you want a beautiful safe queen or an ugly hunting rifle that can take abuse?Originally Posted by Gaterskiner
Keep in mind that Mar-Shield is waterproof. Oil finishes aren't. Also keep in mind that a stock refinish hurts the resale value of your gun.
It was said that the Mar-Shield can be easily repaired.How do you repair it and to what degree of damage is repairable?