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I am a refugee from cowboy action shooting too stove up now to take part in that sport.

now I am trying to determine the date of mfg for a used marlin recently acquired, today at a gun show. it is a 30-30, a 336 I think, or a 1894 model. how does one tell the difference? yeah dumb question I know. I could go out in the rain storm and look at it in the back of my car but.... before the rain came i got the sn off the rifle. anyway, I had googled and asked a supposedly informed source regarding the question after supplying the sn: 00018422 from the tang, but the answer "no such sn" threw me off.

the gun's action is very stiff and i want to learn how to make the action slick and easy (fast) to operate the lever. the plan is to learn all i can provided in this forum then do the job. i know i could take it to a gunsmith. several years ago i had a cowboy 336 30-30 with 24" octagonal barrel that was professionally slicked up for the NRA silhouette completion that took a year to get back from the gunsmith.

but while that rifle was very accurate-- it shot 2" groups at 200 meters benched, but I could not hold it steady enough to knock down the small metal birds.

anyway, this marlin will be for fun shooting with light loads.

any suggestions on how to learn the rifle's date of mfg?

max morgan
 

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Max there is a date thread & gunsmithing thread on here,just scrool down.
 

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Turbo is right... 00 serial number is 2000. Welcome from Alabama....
 

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Oh.... The model of the rifle is stamped in the barrel on the left side. Same line as the caliber.
 

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Welcome from SW Ohio.

The gunsmithing room and/or the 336 room will be able to help you with slicking up the action.

Be sure to use exact fit gunsmithing screwdrivers so as not to bugger up the screws!
 

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The 336 has a round bolt and the 1894 is square! Hope that helps and also Welcome from Goldthwaite, TX! Glad you've joined us! John

Added -- if it's a 30-30, it's gotta be a 336 -- duh on me:biggrin:
 
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