First, thanks for the information on this gun. The wood on this gun is in pretty good condition, except the forearm is a little loose and There is some minor rust pitting on the outside of the barrel and some bluing is worn on the side of the receiver but the mechanical condition and the bore appears to be in excellent condition, in fact I don't think it has had that many rounds fired though it. I live in Utah and 35 rems are not that popular here.
Well I went back to the pawn shop and bought this gun, $150.00 out the door. Here in Utah most people prefer the mash-em magnums that will shoot across some of our vast expanses, I own a few of the magnums but I really have an affliction for these marlin lever guns.
Same here Wyatt! Most lever action calibers are not highly desired around here, because of the demand for flat shooting high powered cartridges and guns chambered in them.
I saw a .35 REm 336 made in 1950 for sale here last month. The seller was asking $150 for it, and it was a very nice gun! Last weekend I bought a 336RC chambered in .30-30 for $100 at a local show.
Good luck with your new toy! Hope it's a shooter!
Wyatt how about supplying us with a nice pic of your new .35? I don't know about the rest of the folks here, but when I see a post about someone's new .35 (or any cal. marlin) I have just got to see a pic of it or depression sets in.
35 Hunter, I wish I could post a pic of this gun but I dont have the right equipment to do that. I took this gun apart when I got home with it and the action is in real good condition but I may have rebarrel it, there is some light pitting in the end of the barrel. The guy at the pawn shop said this gun had been on their shelf for 4 or 5 years.
My very first Marlin was/is a '48 vintage 336A. It had been reblued at some point and some idiot drilled and tapped the side, yes side of the receiver for a scope mount. After I got it home I had my first opportunity to examine the bore condition. (That is another story.) To my utter dismay there were 4 areas of heavy pitting. In fact I had to knock the rust off those spots. I did thoroughly clean the bore and shot it with two different factory loads. I fire one or two to see where the sights were and then shot the last nine rounds I had 4 of one load and 5 of another. All 9 of those were in a neat 1 1/2" group. This was propped up on my hood at about 40 yards. Mostly to see if I could ever hope for any real accuracy. I have shot 50 yard 3 shot groups you can hide under a quarter. Not always but often, even loads she doesn't like much shoot well enough for hunting.
ALL THROUGH AN UGLY BORE.
I sincerely hope you have a similar experince. If I had used some of my current loads I would have figured the accuracy was due to bore condition. The lesson I learned was to treat every rifle like it can shoot sub MOA with the right load and work to find it.
BTW so far with my .35 the factory Remington 200 gr load is the most accurate. Keep us posted as to how it goes for you.
I concur with the other guys, absolutely don't do anything till you shoot it. Hopefully, you also reload. Check this and the Beartooth bullet site for reloads. You will soon discover that with reloads you can conservatively turn that "old 35" into a whole different animal. I personally know a large Missouri 8pt who had the after burner kicked in at 175+ yds who wished he hadn't met my "old 35". Went thru him like he was butter, big hole in and real big hole out. Mine has numerous pits and loss of bluing, so when weather gets bad, guess which gun I go to!!