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I got my CCW this week and went to the local gun store looking for a Bersa Thunder 380.

Couldn't find one but there were Kel-Tek 380's and 9mm's. They were $250 each NIB.

Well, then I went and looked at the rifle rack and found a nice older 336A in 35Rem short mag tube and at least a 24" barrel. They wanted $235 for it. Metal is great but wood is a bit dinged up but not bad.

They also had a used but not fired 336W 30-30 for $245.

Had cash in pocket but it won't make it through the weekend if my wife finds it :roll:

What to do....what to do.....

The 336w is very tempting, crappy wood but the truck bedliner paint deal or synthetic stock would be cool.
 

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The 336A in 35 Rem would be the one for me!
 

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Well, then I went and looked at the rifle rack and found a nice older 336A in 35Rem short mag tube and at least a 24" barrel. They wanted $235 for it. Metal is great but wood is a bit dinged up but not bad.
That would have been my choice the 336A in .35 Remington with the 24" barrel is so attractive, and now with the XLR's that are coming out in stainless too.

But a man has to have a CCW gun as well.... :wink:
 

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I got my CCW this week and went to the local gun store looking for a Bersa Thunder 380.

Well, then I went and looked at the rifle rack and found a nice older 336A in 35Rem short mag tube and at least a 24" barrel. They wanted $235 for it. Metal is great but wood is a bit dinged up but not bad.

What to do....what to do.....
Did you get a look at the serial number/year of manufacture on that 35Rem? Depends how bad you need your carry gun and how much you got to spend really. If you can buy a rifle and the pistol. I would be very tempted by the 336A ... in fact, if you decide not to get it, I'd be interested in the number to that gun shop.
 

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Serial number on the 336-35rem is pretty short, 6 or 7 characters/digits and is near the trigger guard.

I'm going back tomorrow and will see what it is. Want to see when it was made.

I can always get a carry gun. They had lots of them but a nice old marlin......

The 1895GS needs some company in the closet :lol:
 

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I'd snag that 35 Rem in a heartbeat. BTW, I snagged my Bersa for $150 at a pawn shop, keep shopping around.

And I had to put all my Marlins into the same gun safe to keep them from picking on the others. They're very clannish. They have every right to feel superior, but it's still kinda rude.

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Went back today and took another look at the 336A 35Rem.

Serial number starts with J so it's a 1951 model. It has a 24" barrel.

I guess when I was thinking about it last night I thought it was the one that had some problems.....I was wrong. (see pics below) There is absolutly NO rust. There is some very minor scuffing at the end of the barrel, probably from rubbing on a case or something.

They were asking $235 and I got them down to $200 cash. Just cleaned it and am going to the cabin tomorrow and do some shootin' :lol: :lol: :lol:

I may strip the wood this winter, looks like there may be some nice stuff under there.

The 1895GS has an older sister now :D









last portion of S/N blured out via photoshop...




 

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Dang, Space, you must be doing something right, that is a beauty! BTW, stealing is a sin, I hope you've repented. But I guess I can't talk, I stole mine the same way. The guy at the pawn shop thought the 35 Rem. was some obsolete caliber, and apologised because it wasn't a 30-30. The original price tag said $365 but I talk him down to $200, then giggled all the way home. Mine was nearly unfired, I think it had been a closet queen for years. I changed that pretty quickly, I've got about a thousand rounds thru it in two years, and I have no intention of letting the barrel get too cold, this one is a SHOOTER! Ain't life grand?

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You got a deal! Around here you cant not find a POS for under $300.00 some guys have all the luck...congrats you did good!!
 

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Dad Gum, Space. Like Papa John said you gotta be livin' right. I don't think I'd do anything to it, just keep it in it's current condition and all will be well. I have one that is about 98% but I paid a good deal more than you paid for yours, mine wears the in it's serial # H, 1950.

I assume yours is not drilled and tapped and it should also be Ballard rifling.

Excellent buy.

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That is an amazing deal compared to what I find, When you said it had bad wood it made me think of a 336 SC that I found around here, The wood had no finish on it at all, the stock had some after market recoil pad on it that was probably 30 years old and they had really screwed up the wood putting it on, you could very destincly see where someone had carried the gun just infron of the lever because there was no blueing left there and the rest of the metal didnt look that hot either, The lowest I could talk the guy down to was $300 so I would consider what you got a steal for sure.

I ended up leaving the SC and got a new 336C
 

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Wow, jb, did that guy selling the gun have a wooden leg and a parrot on his shoulder? :?

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Thanks for the kind words everyone. It's always nice when something goes right. Doesn't happen often enough.

I got to shoot it today. I love this gun! Maybe not as much as the GS but A LOT :p

The very first 5 shots out the spout using open sights...don't think I'll change a thing on this one.

 

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Space, if that's a 100-yard target, you need to get your keister to a casino, or at least buy some lottery tickets, your lucky streak is on fire! Nice gun, great price, and some great shooting to boot. What load did you use?

Congratulations, hombre! You'll be sleeping with a big old smile on your face for a week!

PJ
 

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WOW!!! You found a gold mine. Dont refinish the stock, It is worth more the way it looks....and there aint a thing wrong with the way it looks and there sure isnt a thing wrong with the way it shoots!!!
 

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Shot that group at 25 yards. I started out at 25 to see if the sights were even close.

Moved to 50 yards and they stayed about the same. Didn't try anything farther.

I was shooting Remmington Express CorLok 200 Grain factory ammo.
 
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