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completely down and went through and cleaned all internal parts and put it back together. A little intimadating at first but with having consoled with someone on here and watching a couple video's all went well.... wellllll except for one area. When I was first trying to reinsert the bolt it didn't want to go and was getting stuck right where the collar of the ejector clip is on the bolt. Took that clip off and realized that the roll pin was sticking out just a tad and had that clip pushed out. I did notice that the roll pin was sticking out on either side no matter how far I tapped it. I filed the edge of the pin down so it was not protruding at all. I did notice on the clip that it was worn on one edge and I assume it has been rubbing since day one. Once I adjusted that the bolt slid in like a champ. The lever action moves nice and free and feels very smooth. Can't wait to get the wood finished and go out and shoot it.
 

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There are some really helpful posts here on dissembling and putting your Marlin back together. I was intimidated the first time I took my 444 SS apart, but step by step instructions with pictures made it easy. Once I figured out I needed some sort of tool to compress the main spring everything went smoothly. A quarter inch drive screwdriver type handle with a deep socket worked great. If someone is around, a third hand doesn't hurt either.
 

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people taking guns apart is one of the things that keeps gun smiths in business LOL
having a gun store cannot tell you how many times I had customers bring me a part of a gun and a bag of parts and ask me to put em back together!
always loved it when some of the parts were missing too!
BUT most guns can be done by the average person if they pay attention
I found taking a video of it these days to be super simple, and very helpful
as the memory tends to go, having a way to look back is a big help, and modern tech has made this simple too!

but like learning to tie shoe's, first few times its tricky maybe, rest of the time, its a no brainer LOL
 

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The first 336 I worked on came in a bag. My buddy sheepishly asked if I could put it back together. It took maybe a half hour or so and it's still working 30 years later.
 
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The MArlin 336 is about as simple as a person could ask for I think. Like Mikej I did chase the hammer spring across the room a few times but even that gets easier with practice. Youtube is a great help these days and I have use youtube videos at some time for all of my guns.
 

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Yeah and I'll swany is another good one. He'll know what I mean by that.
 

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I got a 1911 in a box from a friend who thought it be cool to build one then found out there is a ton of fitting. It took me 6 weeks to put it together but it is a fun gun to throw lead with .
 

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The MArlin 336 is about as simple as a person could ask for I think. Like Mikej I did chase the hammer spring across the room a few times but even that gets easier with practice. Youtube is a great help these days and I have use youtube videos at some time for all of my guns.
Yep,YouTube helped me take apart ,clean and reassemble a Ruger Mark III.Marlin levers are relatively easy compared to that thing!
 
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