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    Marlin Model 30A?

    I found a Marlin Mod. 30A at a local gun shop this morning. It looks like a 336 and it is chambered for the 30-30, but it has a hunting scene engraved on the stock. The stock has a lot of water damage, but since he was only asking $199, I put a deposit on it. I believe it was made in 1977 based on the first two digits of the serial number being 23.
    How does the Mod. 30A compare and differ from the 336?
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    Re: Marlin Model 30A?

    This question comes up quite often, there are differences such as maybe a different rear sight, sorta on the cheap side, the main thing is the stock itself usually Birch stained dark to resemble walnut. No big deal as far as I'm concerned, the one I have is a 30AS, it'll shoot just as well as the prettier 336's. Its just a cheaper version of the same great 336 and it is all MARLIN, just dressed differently. Looking into Brophys book on Marlin I see that the 30A had 2 variations to it, both were Glenfields, the first varition had pressed checkering and the stock was fluted with what appears to be maybe a deer and oak leaves, the other was plain stock and forearm. You can date your rifle by subtracting the first two numbers of the serial from 2000, the answer will get you YOM. Yours might just start with 71 which would be the YOM. Also the 30A production numbers totaled 268,905. Hope this is of some help. Mr fixit
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    Re: Marlin Model 30A?

    I absolutely love my 30AS. The working parts are exactly the same as any other Marlin.
    '91 30AS - Team 30-30, Member #17

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    Re: Marlin Model 30A?

    Thanks Guys!! It's good to hear that they are mechanically the same. I'd like to add a Wild West trigger to this one, as I have to others. I'll pick the rifle up next week and I still have to see how the bluing looks under wood. I have a feeling I'm going to find some rust based on the water damage to the wood. If so I'll have to decide how I want to refinish it. I'd love to get it parkerized, but may just strip the old bluing, clean up the rust and use GunKote on it.
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    Re: Marlin Model 30A?

    Sounds like you have a plan, if you find rust and it's not to heavy, 0000 steel wool, light machine or gun oil and a light touch should get the rust off. Mr fixit
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