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I am looking at an older 336rc made in 1957. It has a "perch belly" fat forearm,
and the buttstock does have the pistol grip butt "NO pistol grip Cap"
Is the correct for this model?
There is a hole where the bullseye goes.
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Fiddlestick
I posted this over on Graybeard and one response was "the same model and close to same year has the pistolgrip CAP"
 

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Fiddlestick -

The '57 Marlin catalog stated that the 336 did indead have a grip cap, but all that really means is that yours was probably a late "non grip cap" model - who knows exactly when they made the transition. I'd venture a guess that there was a good deal of overlap between those with 'em and those without. Unless it looks like it was obviously restocked, I wouldn't sweat it.

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If you call Marlin you can pick up a new bullseye. What seems to happen a lot is people think that is where the sling swivel should be.
 

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I have a 55 & it didnt have a grip cap or white spacer under the but plate.
 

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Interesting.

Not sure about the grip cap but what about the forearm? You said it has a beefy forarm?? Wonder if its original forarm has been replaced?

Perhaps I'm wrong but I have never seen the RC model with a "fat" forearm. I own two and have seen many. They all have a slender forearm, without exception.

One of mine is also of 57 vintage RC, (slim forearm, straight grip so the grip cap discussion does not apply), I also have a 1950 SC model. It does have a very thick, substanital forearm, so I wonder the forearm has been replaced with that of the SC model?

Does this rifle have barrel bands or a cap at the front end of the forearm?

Is this a rifle you have purchsased or are planning to purchase?

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It is a P ser number that makes it a 57' I think.
I saw one just like it on one of the auctions sites looked just like this one.
It has a barrel band. Micro barrel "no warning". Dovetail front sight.
White spacer on butt.
Thanks to everyone for you help.
I went ahead and gave the 160.00 for it so I guess its mine right or wrong.
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Sidespin.

Mine had a fat foreend. I'm pretty sure it was original as the butstock is numbered & the wood matches. Looked old too. I replaced it with wood from a newer gun, early 60's if I remember right & that foreend is much slimmer.
 

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Many times things that Marlinlsted in their catalogs did not make it into production right away. Sometimes it took until the next year to be fully initiated.
The bullseye is a good example. Almost all guns from the era that the Bullseye was initiated were fitted with it. It seemed to be a big promotion, and they didn't miss any guns. Later in the 1930's, Marlin seemed to be hit or miss on the bullseye. I've got a model 39 from 1938 with no bullseye, and a 1939 39a without. Then my 1940 39a has it, as does my 1941 39a, and my 1957 39a. I've also got a model '94 from the 1920's without it, and my model 1936 didn't have it. From what I could deduct, it seemed like Marlin didn't use the Bullseye through much of the 1930's. Maybe a depression era savings? Or maybe they just thought about dropping it, but changed their minds in the early 1940's?
The forearm thing is usually pretty standard, but a lot of people hated the fat forearm, so I've seen a number of nicely reshaped forearms on guns that should have been fatter forearms. One 1940 vintage 39a that a friend owns has such a change, and it's so good, it's tough to tell it's not original. I looked it over pretty close, before I found enough things to make me believe it was reshaped.
 

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OK, I stand to be corrected. Yet something else about vintage Marlins I did not know and glad to learn.

By the way fiddlestick, what's the general condition of your rifle, especially the bore? Most likely you did really well at $160.

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sidespin,

I found a gun you might like. It's a Marlin 36-A-DL in 30-30 caliber. I seem to remember you saying that you would some day like to get an 'A'. I don't mean to tempt you. ;)

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My 1954 Rc has a straight stock and no frills . But it has a ballard cut bore that will shoot lot better than the newer 336 /35 .
Besides the good groups , this rifle is as smooth as butter.
On the negative side comparing it to the newer Marlins , I find myself some what disappointed with the new , so I would be quick to grab a older Marlin.
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I have a 1948 vintage SC. It has no grip cap at all, a fat forearm and Ballard style rifling. Its very accurate and the action is buttery smooth. With just a Williams peep sight on it I have hit targets at just past 300 yards. Last week while hunting in the desert with my son I shot a coyote with is at 75+ yards: a one shot kill with the bullet going right where I aimed - the base of the throat, going through the spine. I haven't seen a newer model 336 that I would prefer over an SC or RC in good shape.

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My 1952 336RC had a fat forearm, no grip cap, and a white spacer. Grampa bought it new and did not change anything. Both of my 1950 SC models had fat forearms, white spacers and no grip caps.
 

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MadDog said:
I have a 1948 vintage SC. It has no grip cap at all, a fat forearm and Ballard style rifling. Its very accurate and the action is buttery smooth. With just a Williams peep sight on it I have hit targets at just past 300 yards. Last week while hunting in the desert with my son I shot a coyote with is at 75+ yards: a one shot kill with the bullet going right where I aimed - the base of the throat, going through the spine. I haven't seen a newer model 336 that I would prefer over an SC or RC in good shape.

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Would it be grand if you could buy a rifle NEW like the ones we have . :D
I have looked at the new rifles and they do not compare . I do not think too much of the generios bores and the speed bumps one now incounters in the new levers. After buying the RC used a few years ago , I use the rifle for the standard I will accept for a new rifle . So far ,I am disappointed with them all. If I ever run accross another Marlin of this vintage I will grab it quick , like I did with the RC.I paid a good dollar for this rifle, the price of a new one, and it is worth every cent.
If Marlin would do something with the barrels, more true to bore size , Iwould be willing to pay the bucks they want for them here in Canada. Right now. :( I will pass.
 

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Happy,
I completely agree. Although I picked up a Guide Gun awhile back, it still doesn't compare to my Sport Carbine or the Regular Carbines I've seen. I guess I'll take a wad of cash with me to the next gun show. I'll be on the lookout for a Marlin Texan or an RC in the late 40'd to mid-fifties vinatge.

BTW, some time back I read a post from an Indian living way up in your Territories, saying he and his father and grandfather have been using Marlin 30-30's for decades on even the largest game up there. He was saying he couldn't understand the American fascination with more and more velocity on rifles.

A gunsmith I just met here in Arizona just told me a story about how when he was a teenager he hunted deer in Kansas with a Marlin Marauder that belonged to his uncle. He said one year while hunting with his dad he made a one-shot kill of a 5 point buck at a distanve his father paced off at 280 long paces.

Sorry to ramble on. How are the gun laws where you live in Canada?
 
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