+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
Like Tree1Likes

Thread: New to me 336 w/lever problem



  1. #1
    Tenderfoot
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    14
    Member #
    4977

    New to me 336 w/lever problem

    Long story short. I had a really nice 336C a few years ago and sold it. I don't know what the hell I was thinkin'. Fast forward 4 years. I Just bought some rural property in Maine and decided I need a New England Working Man's Deer Rifle again. So...I picked up a 2004 336W that looked like it hadn't been used much. It looked like it had been shot some and put away.
    I got it home the other day and field stripped it. The bore was grungy but there were virtually no wear marks on the lever or the bolt. So my suspicions about its condition were correct. I gave it a good scrubbing followed by a good lubing. When I got it back together it looked great and cycled smoothly except...initiating the action requires an unholy amount of force. Locking it back up is not quite as bad, but still it takes an uncomfortable amount of force to get it back home. Yes, it was this way before I took it apart. I just thought a good cleaning and lubing might fix it. The rest of the cycle improved considerably after the cleaning.
    I'm pretty sure this is all due to a very stiff lever plunger spring. My question is...Is it reasonable, at this stage, to go ahead and clip a coil from the lever plunger spring or should I slick the action first, per the instructions in the gunsmithing stickies? The rifle, otherwise, is in excellent condition and I really like it. Right now, though, that part of the action is so stiff I don't even want to shoot it yet.
    Sorry for the long post. It went on a little longer than I had intended. Your thoughts are appreciated.

  2. #2
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Northwest Florida
    Posts
    2,099
    Member #
    19083
    Thanked
    926 times
    I think I'd try to make sure there isn't any debris or grunge in the plunger. See what happens. Cut springs later....
    John

    Team Old Phart #86
    Team 39 #61
    Team 30-30 #95
    Team 1894 #121

  3. #3
    Gun Wizard
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Apex, NC
    Posts
    2,747
    Member #
    16916
    Thanked
    826 times
    Does the binding occur ONLY as you open then close the lever or is it all across the lever motion? If it is all across the ark then chech your loading gate screw and make sure it is not binding against the bolt. If it is just at that LOCKING POINT then you could try just taking out the lever pin and see if it is smooth without it.

    GB45
    "The beauty of the second amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it away."
    "Now that Obama won again we shall see if this statement becomes reality" GB45

    Marlin League #30
    Team 1894 #5
    Team .30-30 #261
    Team .35 #329
    Team 39 #174
    Team .45-70 # 303
    Team Old Pharts #51
    Team 336SSLTD

  4. #4
    Cowpoke
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    44
    Member #
    28555
    Thanked
    5 times
    if it happens when you load up the mag tube i would check the carrier to see if there is a bur or on the end of your lever

  5. #5
    Tenderfoot
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    14
    Member #
    4977
    Thanks for the replies. To clarify, this happens only at the locking point. The rest of the cycle is reasonably smooth - not quite there with my slicked up .357 M92 but not bad, either. Secondly, I haven't even tried to load ammo yet, so I don't think it's a carrier issue. While I do see some mild tooling marks on the lever, I see no burs.

  6. #6
    Cowpoke
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    44
    Member #
    28555
    Thanked
    5 times
    check your locking bolt also

  7. #7
    Cowpoke
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    44
    Member #
    28555
    Thanked
    5 times
    trouble is with a marlin all the parts work together, if one thing is otta wack by just a few thousandths the timing will be off and throw the whole gun off

  8. #8
    Site Contributor Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    E. Washington
    Posts
    11,576
    Member #
    7674
    Thanked
    5988 times
    I would guess the trouble lies in the plunger and spring as it is the most common culprit. I'd start with some polishing of the plunger before cutting the spring.

    Just for kicks, pull the ejector and see if it cycles any better.

  9. #9
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Beaumont
    Posts
    1,580
    Member #
    464
    Thanked
    234 times
    Agree with Eli. If it were mine, I would remove the plunger and put some lapping compound in the mortice. Replace the plunger and cycle a bunch. Remove the plunger again. Irrigate the mortice to remove the compound, lightly oil and replace. It should be better.
    Papalote
    11 Team 444

  10. #10
    Cowpoke
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    44
    Member #
    28555
    Thanked
    5 times
    is loading spring straight?


Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New | Subscribed Threads

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Similar Threads

  1. Problem with Lever
    By ssmith in forum 336
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-10-2012, 02:35 PM
  2. Problem with lever? 336
    By Tazewell in forum 336
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-24-2011, 09:41 AM
  3. New 2008 39A Lever/Lever Screw Problem?
    By RHOUSER in forum Rimfires
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-29-2011, 07:49 AM
  4. HELP! Lever problem!
    By DeerK in forum 336
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 05-28-2009, 04:34 PM
  5. Lever Problem
    By austkare in forum Rimfires
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 05-14-2008, 08:31 PM

Search tags for this page

marlin 336 lever binds

,

marlin owners

Click on a term to search for related topics.