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Hello Marlin owners and fans I am from Germany and have long been a fan of lever action rifles. In the last few years, I have played with the idea of buying such a gun from time to time. Unfortunately, certain factors did not fit together, so that it has not yet worked. But in the meantime there is one or the other lever action rifle where it could fit. Am here to get advice on some questions...
Glad to be here ...
Maybe I can get rid of a question at this point, whose answer would certainly save me a lot of time.
Under what section here on the forum can I best place the question in terms of finding out what times Marlin production quality was good or bad?
 

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Hi and thank you for the warm welcome here. I'm looking for a Marlin 336.

Have or had been offered some lever action rifles whose production time was in the 70s or 80s.
As far as I know, that was a time when the production quality at Marlin was good to very good.
But since I am not sure, I wanted to ask the experts again.

@Downbeach, very interesting. I was born in Nuremberg and raised not far from this city.
It could be that you were stationed at the "Merrell Barracks" in Nuremberg at that time, or perhaps at the Grafenwöhr military training range.
When I traveled the US in the late 80s I met in Colorada a "gang" of motorcyclists. One of them served as a MP member in Nuremberg.
 

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Welcome to the forum! I lived in your country for 6yrs between 1981 and 1991; Ansbach and Stuttgart. I loved traveling the Alps and Black Forest 👍

Marlins made in the era you mentioned are generally considered of excellent quality of care for. I owned 5 Marlins (four Marlin .375s and a .444S) made in 1980 and all were smooth actions and excellent rifles.
 
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Welcome Finn_1911.......from Texas.
It is always great to here from our European members who love Marlins.
In terms of acquiring a 336....you first have to decide if you want the Cross Bolt safety on Your rifle?

If you want that safety.....you must get a 336 produced from 1983 and newer.
Any made from 1983 to 2005 will be good quality...look at the barrel and be sure it says
North Haven , Conn. In the barrel stamp.

If you are not wanting the safety.....any year the 336 was made should be top quality....from 1948 to 1982.......it all depends on current condition . I like the 336s made in the 1960s and 1970s.

Best of luck in your search
 

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@Downbeach, very interesting. I was born in Nuremberg and raised not far from this city.
It could be that you were stationed at the "Merrell Barracks" in Nuremberg at that time, or perhaps at the Grafenwöhr military training range.
When I traveled the US in the late 80s I met in Colorada a "gang" of motorcyclists. One of them served as a MP member in Nuremberg.
I was about a 2 hr drive north in Bad Kissingen(Daley Barracks). My unit was one of many providing air defense for the Fulda Gap area.
 

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Welcome to MO and greetings from Ohio USA. Watch out for the Remlins. I bought 3. The first was an 1895 — been great. The second was another 1895 for my son — lots of problems and he traded it off. Third is a 1894 in .357 — some cycling issues but overall been a good purchase.
 

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I am quite surprised how many of you have already been to Germany. Let me put it bluntly, thank you for doing this before and other American soldiers are now doing their job in Germany. Without you and them, we would be completely screwed here. 25 years of quasi-socialism and the systematic saving in order to destroy our own army has led to the fact that we can't almost do anything here in Germany as far as the defense of our country is concerned.

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@Rifle Shoppe
you mentioned a fact that I was not aware of before, that there are 336 with and without safety.
The question now is how important is this safety and what progress does it represent compared to previously built lever action rifles.
@TnHunter356
thank you for your information. In deed the Alps and Black Forest are really nice.
 

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The older Marlin lever guns do have a safety of sorts....it is called a Half Cock Safety. To engage it ...you fully cock the rifle...then carefully lower the Hammer with your thumb...into a Half cock position.
The hammer cannot release and fire the rifle..until you manually bring the hammer back to the Full cock position, and then pull the trigger.
Best to practice this many times until you get the hang of it....WITH the gun UNLOADED

All Marlins will have this....even the newest made ones. They added the Cross bolt...button style safety in 1983 due to Liability Reasons....too many lawsuits in America..
 

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Hi and thank you for the warm welcome here. I'm looking for a Marlin 336.

Have or had been offered some lever action rifles whose production time was in the 70s or 80s.
As far as I know, that was a time when the production quality at Marlin was good to very good.
But since I am not sure, I wanted to ask the experts again.

@Downbeach, very interesting. I was born in Nuremberg and raised not far from this city.
It could be that you were stationed at the "Merrell Barracks" in Nuremberg at that time, or perhaps at the Grafenwöhr military training range.
When I traveled the US in the late 80s I met in Colorada a "gang" of motorcyclists. One of them served as a MP member in Nuremberg.
Small world, I was stationed at Merrell barracks (Sud Concern) in 1985-86, spent some time in Bindlach / Bayreuth as well. My Great Grandmother was from Bad Urach near Ulm.

You really can’t go wrong with a 336 from the 60’s or 70’s.

REK
 
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