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Saw and handled my first Rossi/336 Marlin clone last night and couldn't help comparing that gun to the new Remlin on the same rack. The finishes on the Rossi were about perfect; the metal was finely polished and featured really nice deep blue color. The Rossi's hardwood stocks (yuck!) were fitted about as well as could be done with no gaps around the tangs; and stock stain and finishes were evenly applied for good color and smooth end result, these stocks had no checkering. Then I worked the action and found it very smooth and the lock-up tight. In comparison, the Remlin 336CS was not as nicely finished, had gaps around the tangs where the in-letting was poorly machined, and the operation of action was quite stiff (too stiff for fast follow-up shots). The Marlin action, besides being stiff, made noises like the action was full of sand or grit. And although I would not buy the Rossi, I'd certainly take the Rossi over the Remlin. And I also noticed that, with the exception of the profile of the trigger plate, it appeared that many of the Rossi parts would interchange with those of the Remlin; I found that aspect interesting.
 

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Marla and I just bought a couple of 336W's. She got hers, a 200 Connecticut built rifle, in an Academy store, and the action was pretty smooth but somewhat stiff. That should get much slicker with use. I found ne at a local WalMart, and it was Ilion built. The action was fairly rough with a definite hitch just as I started to close the lever. I'm hoping that it will smooth out with some use. The fit and finish of both of them looked fairly good, however. Now, we have to get some scopes mounted and get them to the range.
 

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I saw one of the Rossi's recently and thought it would be a much nicer looking gun if it had a decent walnut stock. I also didn't like the profile of the trigger plate, it looked clunky and I had to wonder why it was made like that.
 

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ceadersavage said:
Rossie is now Taurus
Kind of like Marlin is now Remington, eh?
 
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