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    Question Need a little advise / coaxing

    I stopped at a gunshop on the way to work thurs afternoon, I know big mistake. What they had hanging on their wall was quite interesting and something I've been looking for. A pre-cross bolt saftey 336 in 30-30. I own a 35 Rem and thought it would be a nice addition
    Now the blueing is 99.9% ! The serial number which is 720##### which according to the PDF files I down loaded from here puts it at 1972. The butt stock is near perfect with two small blemishes on the forestock. The gun looks like it's been a safe queen it's whole life. It did have a scope mounted to it, as there is very very light marks from a 2 pc base. Has both front and rear sights with an addon (I"m assuming) front sling stud on a little band wrapped on the magazine tube butted up against the forestock. The previous owner put the rear stud right in the middle of the bullseye! Butt plate is extremely good and so is the small plastic pistol grip cap. I'm bringing a bore light tomorrow.

    Now for my quandary. There is NO front band around the front of the forestock! I didn't remember even seeing a hole in it for one. This is leading me to believe it was replaced although the wood grains match so darn close it would be hard to tell. There is no checkering on it and honestly didn't look at to see what the letters after the 336 were. It does look in all tense and purposes just like my 1986 336CS without the cross bolt safety and the hooded front sight. This one doesn't have one nor does it appear to accept a hood.

    Would it be worth picking this thing up with that unknown on the forestock? I'm not sure they are going to let me pull it (forestock) off to see if there is even a hole for the bolt to hold the band on is there. I'm going to try.
    The price is $300 and when questioned they seemed pretty firm on that. I have to leave 11:00 am central time Friday to have time to inspect it further, and fill the 4473 form out, if I do decide to buy it.
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    i would grab it. bullseye is an easy fix. not sure what to make of the forestock? But still fixable with parts off ebay or numrichs. i would offer $250 and if you can get for $275 great.

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    Yes, I agree with vt4ster. Not enough information to access the forend barrel band, but it shouldn’t be a big fix.
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    Try and get it a little cheaper because of the barrel band missing. They are easy to come by. Good screws to install the band are another story, they may be harder to find.
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    Does it have a front barrel band?? Bands can be had. Screws are no big deal as at worst a tap can makeone fit.

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    From what you said about the gun, I would grab it for $300.
    You can try negotiate the price. But the forend would not bother me (if needed buy a replacement band.)
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    I wonder if this Marlin is a store model---like a Sears or a Westernfield from the 1970s? Some of them had walnut stocks with one barrel band and a fore end cap
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    Walk in with cash and offer $360~ $380 OTD. CASH is king. I always work in $20 increments, it seems to work better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artyldr01 View Post
    Walk in with cash and offer $360~ $380 OTD. CASH is king. I always work in $20 increments, it seems to work better.

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    Interesting strategy. - Bargaining up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Shooter View Post
    Interesting strategy. - Bargaining up.

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