I'm brand new to this site and have been lurking around the forums. Got alot of great info already, thanks!
This coming year I will be deer hunting for the first time since a teenager. The gun of choice for my dad and consequently his sons were Ruger's 30-06. Although many deer were taken with these rifles I think its overkill for where my lease is. The lease is in the Piney Woods of Texas. Most shots will be no more than 150 yards with maybe one shooting lane reaching out to 200 yards. Several members swear by their Marlin .30-.30's. So, with all that said...I am considering purchasing a 336XLR. I have read much on the newer manufactured Marlins and that I should stick with serial numbers beginning with 92 and earlier. But I'm not sure when they started making the 336 in the XLR package Also, I had considered the 308MXLR Marlin Express, but I couldn't find any ammunition stocked locally. Is the 336 XLR limited to just Hornady Leverevolution, or can I put other rounds though it as well (Winchester Super X etc...) ?
I would appreciate any info, reviews, stories, pics, or recommendations on the 336XLR. Look forward to becoming a Marlin owner!!! Thanks again!
Welcme to MO.
Is the 336 XLR limited to just Hornady Leverevolution, or can I put other rounds though it as well (Winchester Super X etc...) ?
The 336 XLR is not just limited to the Hornady Leverovolution round. You can shoot the cheap stuff also. I have a 336XLR that my daughter uses (has taken over) I have tried different ammo but the Hornady is soooo accurate thats all I shoot through it. Is a very nice gun and you won't be dissapointed. Now I have a 308MXLR also and in that you do have to shoot 308ME ammo and regular 308 will not work. The ammo is out there. I can buy locally gander mountain,scheels. I have bought mostly on line though because has been much better deal on pricing. It is on line almost everyplace that sells ammo.
Again welcome to MO. Lots of info here. Be prepared to spend some time here.
Howdy Jade, welcome to the site!
The 336 XLR is a fine choice. It was introduced in 2006 and was designed to shoot the Hornady Leverevolution ammo which also came out in 2006. You can shoot any 30-30 ammo in it, but by using the Leverevolution you can take advantage of the increased velocity that the 24" XLR barrel provides. The idea was to add a little more range to the 30-30. I wonder if "XLR" was intended to mean Extra Long Range?
I have the XLR model in 45-70 and I really like it. I think you'll be very happy with it. If you come across a 91 serial number, don't pass it by, they are usually good too. Just look it over carefully before buying.
Marlins are great rifles and the 30-30 is a great choice for many (most) hunting situations. Best of luck in finding a good deal on your rifle.
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i recently purchased a 336xlr as well. the store that i bought the rifle from didn't have hornady leverevolution available, so i bought federal 30-30 winchester 170 grain. worked fine.
Welcome aboard! I have a 336XLR myself and think it's a fine rifle. It does handle a bit different than the 20" 336's, but not a big deal IMO. Still, if you have the opportunity to handle one side by side with 20" 336, you might do so. The Marlin made 336XLR's are still out there, I saw a NIB 2007 model at the gun show a few weeks ago.
Good luck with your search, and when you find one, be sure and join Team 30-30!
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Thanks everyone! Sounds like I'm making a good choice. The search is on!!!
Jade - Welcome to the MO site from west Texas. I used to live in east Texas and hunt near Jasper back when Temple-Eastex paper company allowed hunting on their tree farms. I used either a Marlin or a 50 caliber black powder rifle. You will be well served with your 30-30 for that area. Good luck with your search. Shenandoah
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Howdy Jade...If its going to be your one and only (not possible once Marlinitis sets in)rifle that you expect to take after bigger game than deer or pigs one day where extended distance and power is going to be a plus...then the 308/338 Marlin Expresses will give you the horspower ...if you dont ever see a New Mexico elk hunt or game ranch big exotic in your future..then the 30-30 will handle them all in style and definantly be cheaper to shoot and just play with,...good to have you and hope you come to feel at home hanging with us old dudes
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