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Yeah, quite a few old Marlins have it. None of the cures is very cheap. Set the barrel back - well, not on a valuable one. It might be okay on a shooter, but for the cost, you could find a 336 without headspace. I have a 36 in 32Spl with an exceptionally sweet trigger - and headspace. I went to light cast bullet loads and neck sizing which took care of the symptoms. It still has headspace, of course, but it ain't getting any worse that I can tell. This is a price bargaining point if the seller touts it as a shooter and there's end play in the bolt. I've known people to build the locking bars up on Wrenchesters, but I don't know anyone who's done that on a Marlin. SW
 

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Yes, the locking block on a Marlin can be built up, but it is best to get a new one rather than build it up. I've done it on old ones, where the part isn't available, but I wouldn't do it for any but my own. The metallurgy could be changed by welding, and since I shoot only very mild loads in mine, it's not a problem.
 

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Thank you, have been on vacation for a little bit. It is a keeper 93. I have no skills for your solutions, guess it is time to find a good gun smith, any sugestions again thanks
 

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Since we can't tell where you're at, it's tough to send you somewhere for gunsmithing. If you let us know what state you're in, maybe someone can help.
 

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Contact Ron Long. He left Ballard and is back on his own. Not sure , but I think he's in Laramie or Cheyenne.
 
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