Its been a while since I've been here so thought I'd stop by to say Hi and post my latest and last gun purchase for 2009. Which was on Christmas eve day, the 24th.
Its a Marlin model 36G. I have wanted a 2/3 tube Marlin for some time now and when this rifle was posted for sale/trade on a local forum I could not pass it up.
Many here will know this information already but for those that don't and might care, the 36G was a budget version of the 336. It was replaced by the model 30. My gun according to the serial number (AA 145##) was made in 1965. A total of 5,930 model 36G's were produced between 1964 and 1965 - all in .30-30 chambering.
The sharp eyed folks will notice both a Williams receiver peep sight and the standard rear sight still mounted on the barrel. I will be removing the standard rear and replacing it with a dovetail slot blank. This small change I think will make the entire rifle look better. I've already ordered a set of specific screw driver bits for the 336's from Brownell's and will be ordering new replacement screws for most of the rifle as soon as I can through to Marlin. (Many of the screw heads have been "buggered" over time by folks using the wrong size screwdrivers). Edited to add after I made this initial post I couldn't wait for Monday so I went on line and ordered all new screws through Brownells web site. I qualify for their trade discount, all outside metal screws plus a new ejector and ejector spring delivered were a little over $40. Not sure if the rifle didn't come with an ejector, or if I lost it when I disassembled the rifle, but I could not find it in my pile of parts when I got done with disassembly. Worst case I'll have a spare ejector, like all the current screws that are still serviceable.
I'm excited about getting out to shoot this gun - why I really don't know. But recently I've come to enjoy shooting lever guns more so than bolt guns. But still not as much as handguns. The stock looks really nice in the picture but it needs to be re-finished. I will do that by using some dark Walnut stain and Tru Oil after I remove the factory finish.
Regards and Happy New Year,
a close up of the receiver. You can see the excellent condition of the metal.
1953 39 A
1955 336 RC 35 Rem.
1955 336 RC 32 Special
1970 336 30-30
1980 375 Win.
1985 336er 356 Win.
2001 1894CP 357 Mag.
1970 336 30-30
1980 375 Win.
2001 1894CP 357 Mag.
2006 44 Mag. Cowboy
2007 308 MX
2007 45LC Cowboy
That ain't no joke!!Originally Posted by sr5356
"Fast is good but accurate is final"...Wyatt Earp
JEEP...There's only one
I still have not been to the range to shoot her. But I did take everything apart and cleaned the rifle well. The new screws and ejector arrived for the reassembly - turns out I really did not need half the screws I ordered so I now have extras.
While I was at it I refinished the stock as the original finish was really worn in places. I used the dark walnut stain and TruOil. I'm thinking about putting a recoil pad on it, like the 336T pictured, but haven't decided for sure yet.
Maybe tomorrow I'll get a chance to go to the range and see if it shoots as well as I hope.
Well I got out to the range. It was freezing cold, but sunny. The range I shot at was 50 yards. Ammunition used was generic Federal 170-grain flat point. For some reason the groups shot by the 36G were very similar to the 336T that I also shot that day (vertical stringing).
I could not lower the rear peep low enough on the 36G to hit point of aim. As can be seen in the top target picture, the one shot with the 36G, I am still shooting about 3-4” high even with the peep adjusted as low as it will go. Now I am thinking about getting a higher front sight to help solve this problem. The 336T as can be seen is dead on. While these groups are not the greatest, and can probably be improved on with a different load, they are good enough for me.
Picture of my clubs rifle range The far berm is 100yds the near is 50 yds.
I also have a 1965 Model 36G serial number AA52897 scoped and in really excellent condition. I've found a lot of sites saying their value is around $400-$500 but I came across US Lever-Action Rifles - Marlin that says it's more like $2,600! can anyone validate the real value of this gun? I have pictures if needed.
$2600? No way. I checked that site out. God only knows where this guy is getting these numbers from. Go to Gun broker and look at completed auctions to see what they go for.
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knomad 56 I clicked on the link and surprise surprise I didn't know that the 336 Cowboy was made in 375 H&H caliber. It must have the "long action" model.
That is a nice rifle and a nice range you have to use. How did your rifle perform for you at the range? If you have the chance please post the paper you cut with it. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Keep your powder dry and happy shooting.
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I don't know who came up with that website, but he must be smoking some pretty strong stuff.
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