I have one. Like it quite a bit. It was the first of a series of ongoing Marlins. Weatherproof steel is one thing, but the stock is still there and can swell if not permanently weather proofed. 30-30 is a great caliber, as all the different reloading components can attest. I have a Warne mount/rings with a 2-7X Leupold scope. I have shot a couple of hogs and several deer with mine since 2002. I plink with my 336CB. The 336SS is my serious doe getter.
I shoot 170gr. Rem. CoreLokt bullets over 35.5gr. of BLC-(2). It also shoots cast well, but I prefer the CB for that. This gun took a little while to break in, as have a few other guns I've had.
Seasonal application of Johnson's paste wax will work for a season, and otherwise, sealing the wood requires removing the stocks and treating the cut corners and end wood with an all weather sealant of your choice. The wax is only temporary.
Sorry Frank, that is the most accurate lead gun I have. I really appreciate that offer, but it shoots everything well. Even shoots 165gr. undersized non-gas checked slugs at 1600fps well. I have removed the scope, and attempting to get better with a peep. That should take some doing. I just havn't had the heart to start competing in this years postal match. Too many irons in the fire. I would like a 38-55, but there is one locally still (new). They want a regular MRSV price and it has not only plain, but ugly wood. If I get despirate for a new gun, I will buy.
Frank, if you want one of those cowboys, call up Marlin and send them an older 336 and change barrels. They had a few left. You could even get a pistol grip with yours if you were of a mind. The barrel is what really makes the difference. Don't say to much more or I''ll start to fell sorry for you... :wink: