You fellows should have seen the New - not North - Haven factory - 19th century industrial technology at its best. I never got past the reception area, but that was period correct enough for me.
Marlin as I knew it was pretty well done when the "waffle tops" went away...
I did bum around North Haven for half a day back in January, Mike, the old plant being the one we didn't have time to drive by (checked out the old and new Colt plants, and the North Haven Marlin plant). That's pretty neat that you were able to see it when it was still operational. I was thinking same town, same people, same company, just new facilities. I can't begrudge a company for want of new facilities...looking at those old 19th century manufacturing buildings a lot of times they don't look very amenable to more modern manufacturing techniques and equipment...
So do you think a waffle top or earlier Marlin is a higher quality rifle? I've handled a few but haven't noticed a big difference, although maybe I wasn't paying attention. I have been considering how I could do some horsetrading to find room in my safe for a waffle top 336SC, lately, though.
"...without question a man may take up the sword for self-preservation, else he comes under the breach of the sixth commandment. He is guilty of self-murder. In taking up the sword he does not so much seek anotherís death, as the safeguard of his own life. His intention is not to do hurt, but to prevent it. Self-defence is consistent with Christian meekness." -Thomas Watson, 1660
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At this point I don't care if they are closing/have closed or whatever. I just want my rifle back. They've had it for months.
Before I bought my first 336C, I thought I would contact Remington about the rumored shutdown of the 336 line to fix the quality issues. "Danny" replied to my enquiry: "The Marlin 336 line is open. Many of the (QC) issues have been addressed." Thought you might want to know.
1999 336CB 30-30
They've claimed to have fixed the issues before.
Aim Small.. Hit Small
What matters is marksmanship, shot selection, and bullet construction (mass, diameter and expansion behavior). These are things that don't tend to be found in ballistics tables
357 Magnum For when you just absolutely, positively have to shoot something.
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They have waaaaaaay more issues than knowledgable employees to address these issues.
"If more is better, then too much is just enough."
THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. 1870-3/31/2011 R.I.P.
I, and 265 others heard a lot of stuff from the FGI and remington clowns...................All of it..........I mean ALL of it was just a bunch of lies and verbal Bull $h!t.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.