I like the old black powder rounds 32/40, 38/55, 44/40 and 45/70 even though I load using smokeless powder.
This unit was a 30/30 caliber 336RC mfg. in 1968. The barrel was sleeved to 32/40. I have converted a 336C 30/30 caliber made in 1973 to a 38/55 by having it rebored and have converted my 336CB 38/55, 1894CB 44/40, 1895CB 45/70 and Browning 1885 High Wall 45/70 to pistol grip rifles. I am retired and love to load and shoot them all.
I should be receiving a model 39as tomorrow I have purchased.
It is just a hobby of mine converting rifles.
I shoot the Marlin's and collect the Wincherter models 1873 and 1894 rifles.
I registered when this forum first opened but did not realize it had been lost until yesterday. I have now registered.
If you haven't seen djh's matched set of conversions, you're in for a treat, should he favor us by posting them again! They are a really nice set of Marlins! Wish Marlin had the foresight to build guns like he has done!
Maybe you might give us another peek djh?
I understand now. Very nice collection you have djh. I guess you manage to get pre-crossbolt safety recievers? Do you completly customize them including stock and finish?
Something I have in the back of my mind is to find a 336A, either .32 WS or .30-30, and convert it to .32 WS or replace the 20" barrel with a 24". Somehow I don't think I am going to find a 24" .32 WS in the sort of condition that I will want it, or I will and then not want to touch it. I would like to build one, the value being in ownership, and owning a long barreled black/smokeless powder rifle that I am not afraid to use regularly.
If you want to convert a 336A, C or RC to a 32 special. Find an old gun you can get pretty cheep and use the receiver for your conversion.
You can purchase a new Marlin 336A 32 Special barrel at WWW.gunpartscorp.com for $ 57.25 plus shipping. Item # 453960.
I have used several of these barrels from Numrich and have never got a bad one. They are origonial Marlin's and are complete. The octagon barrel on my 1894CB came from there.
The stocks are new Marlin stocks I purchased from the same company and refinished them. They date back to the 70's but were new when purchased. They are now out of stock. I wish I had purchased more of them at the time I got these.
Thanks for another look at your rifles djh! They sure are nice!
I couldn't help but notice you mentioned the .32WS and blackpowder? Blackpowder doesn't work well at all in bottleneck cartridges, like the .32 WS, so you might chose another caliber should you decide to shoot both smokeless and black in the same barrel.
Bottlenecked cartridges were designed for smokeless powders, and when used with blackpowder, they tend to foul awfully easy.