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    Accuracy of Marlin 1893 and other long-barreled rifles?

    Hello Everyone,
    I'm thinking of building a 336 on the style of an 1893 rifle. To me, 1893's with a long barrel and pistol grip stock are some of the prettiest rifles ever made. It would be an investment, probably $2K or more when all is done, so I want to plan it well. The 336 I have now has the standard 20" round barrel, and I'm considering changing it to a 25' or 26" octagon. The rifle already has a Skinner sight (which I love), and I would have a new front sight built with a Rocky Mountain profile. My question is what kind of accuracy do people get from 1893 rifles (not carbines) and other Marlin leverguns with long barrels, like Cowboys that have barrels in the 24-26" range? Currently, my 336 with Skinner aperature, 20" barrel, and factory ammo (30-30) shoots 2" groups at 50 yards. With handloads I hope I could tighten that some. Any input is appreciated. Also, any input on how the long-barreled rifles handle compared to the carbines is appreciated.

    Vero Marlin

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    IMHO; For the money you intent to spend to rebuild your rifle, I would look at buying an original.

    [IMG]http://i909.photobucket.com/albums/ac296/ELAND/Marlin93001-1.jpg[/IMG
    This one is 32HPS. The right one is out there, if you look....Jim
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    Thanks Jim. That is a beauty! Anything you can share about how it groups would be much appreciated.

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    Jim is right,I would just look for a 1893 I just got this one last Thursday... 26 inch oct. barrel,30-30 and shoots great!
    For way less then 2K you could get something really nice!
    if you live in Pa I could hook you up with the guy I got mine from he has about 5 more like mine and about 400 Winchesters.





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    Welcome to MO.

    There are only two types of people here: those who post pictures and those who WILL post pictures.

    I have a 1951 DOM 336 rebuilt into a 38-55 using a 26" new/old 1893 octagonal SSS barrel/mag. I bought it (among other things) from the estate of a gunsmith in the Florida Panhandle about 12 years ago.

    It is very accurate and fast with the Lyman Tang and 17 Globe front sight. I used it mainly for Cowboy Action long range matches where speed and relative accuracy are needed. My middle son has been able to put 5 shots into a 10 plate at 300m in under 6 seconds; I can do almost as well.

    The problem these days is finding a reasonably priced barrel.

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    With the right size bullet and load even a not so perfect bore will shoot great! Targets top to bottom 126 year old 38-40, 113 year old 38-55, and 109 year old 32-40! Shot at 50 yards with irons.
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    Wow! You guys have some beautiful and incredible rifles! The accuracy is unbelievable for 100+ year rifles. And the rifle by Dirtwater Doc is gorgeous. I appreciate everyone sharing thoughts and pictures. Please keep them coming.

    Vero Marlin

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    Lever addict,

    Lou, you're showing us up again with all those fine groups and rifles !! Well done.
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    Oh I don't want anyone to think that was off hand!! These were shot off of a good solid rifle rest.
    Lou

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    Barrel length has nothing to do with accuracy. What it may contribute to is a little more velocity, change the balance of the rifle and negligibly give you a longer sight radius. But none of these really have much to do with the potential accuracy of the barrel.

    FWIW, 2" groups at 50m is pretty good shooting with iron sights. Every now and then I'll shoot a better group but it's the exception not the rule. There is only so good you can shoot with iron sights unless you want to go to olympic style peeps.

    If you want to build something up just put a green mountain octagon on your 336 and a longer mag tube. A set of Precision Gunstocks cowboy style stocks and you are done.
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