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So I was at Dicks today. They had a couple new 336's on the shelf and I just had to look at one. It was a 30-30. Believe it or not, I could not find anything wrong with the fit and finish. Front sight looked perfect. Action was smoooooth. But the STOCK. That light colored, wide grained stock is just TERRIBLE. Looks like hell. Do others agree? Am I just too picky?
 

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I dunno, I have been thinking about the mx's recently. Can't find any in either bbl length. My wallet says, no you can't do that! But ----ahh not sure how this is gonna turn out.
 

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I don't know which model you looked at - C, W, BL, or ? The only one I looked at earlier this week was the BL version and I quite liked the stock. Granted it is not the traditional dark walnut stock and is a bit different, but I liked it.

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As a matter of fact I am going to the gun shop tomorrow and coming home with a 336. I am set on the BL version, but will have to look at the others they have - maybe the SS version will catch my eye?

 

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Since it was at Dicks, I am assuming it was the 336W wlth laminate stock? Not very traditional, but a lot better than synthetic. The nicer models with walnut have been coming with pretty nice wood lately, but the finish is not as dark as the older guns.
 

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I still can't get into the laminates, like walnut too much I guess.
 

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Coal, yes it was the BL version you pictured with the lighter colored stock. It just doesn't look like a traditional Marlin to me. The wood just felt soft and hollow and cheap. My 870 Remington shotgun has the same stock, and the checkering is already wearing smooth after 4 seasons of hunting. FOUR! My one .35 is over FOURTY years old and is good as new. I'm just sick and tired of accepting mediocrity as the new norm. The 336, in my opinion, was 90% right. The stock, if I were going to buy it, ruined the deal. Maybe Bumpus is right and I'm just too damn picky. Nah, I want it the way it was when JM was the norm.
 

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Coal, yes it was the BL version you pictured with the lighter colored stock. It just doesn't look like a traditional Marlin to me. The wood just felt soft and hollow and cheap. My 870 Remington shotgun has the same stock, and the checkering is already wearing smooth after 4 seasons of hunting. FOUR! My one .35 is over FOURTY years old and is good as new. I'm just sick and tired of accepting mediocrity as the new norm. The 336, in my opinion, was 90% right. The stock, if I were going to buy it, ruined the deal. Maybe Bumpus is right and I'm just too damn picky. Nah, I want it the way it was when JM was the norm.
I don't think you are being too picky at all. We all have our likes and dislikes. Plus, as I get older, I look at things for the way I am used to them being a long time ago.

I am actually going to the gun shop tomorrow and have pretty much made up my mind to buy the 336BL with the laminated stock. They also have the 336C which has the traditional solid walnut stock. I am leaning toward the BL for the shorter barrel and the large loop (which I will explain what I am doing with that large loop after I get it). When I look at the pics on-line of the BL model, they all look so different because of the different lighting and cameras. I may just very well end up buying the C model with walnut stock and getting a large loop to put on it.

One thing I will say however, is that at least none of these 336's have a synthetic stock. Myself, I just can't stand those. I have a sale ad in front of me from a big gun shop and 90% of the rifles in the flyer are synthetic stocks. I don't know why, but know I don't want any.
 

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Some Remlins are... huh... well.

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The bottom one is a 2011 Remlin (Baaaaah! Kaka! Don't touch that, you don't know where it's been!) 336C with a WWG big loop. Straights sights, decent wood, smooth action. Well, they can't screw all of 'em up. Oh, they try.
 

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In my heart, I'm a function over form guy. While I have some Marlins with beautiful walnut, I also like my birch stocked Marlins. That said, the plywood on the Marlins (and so many other guns) these days does little for me. It's a gimmick if you ask me. I can't imagine it does anything beneficial climate wise, looks and feels cheap, and I personally believe it is just a way to make people think they are getting something beneficial to accuracy or looks cool when in reality it just makes production cheaper for the manufacturer.
 

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I'm with Eli. Laminate is supposed to be more stable than walnut. Before synthetics, benchrest shooters were consumers of such things. If so, it turns the art of the gun into a tool. AC
 

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I like laminates on my benchrest rifles but gotta admit walnut looks soooooo much better on a 336! :top:
 
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On a stainless gun, (non-traditional) I don't mind the laminate (also non-traditional). But on a blued gun, walnut is the ticket. But to each his own. Lots of folks like the black guns (ARs, AKs, SKs) but they aren't for me. I prefer the blued/walnut traditional.

That said, not long ago I bought an 1895GS that I just couldn't take my eyes off of. Oh well, so much for tradition.

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Some Remlins are... huh... well.

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Click on picture to make bigger. But you'll be sorry.

The bottom one is a 2011 Remlin (Baaaaah! Kaka! Don't touch that, you don't know where it's been!) 336C with a WWG big loop. Straights sights, decent wood, smooth action. Well, they can't screw all of 'em up. Oh, they try.
Now THAT is some gun porn, beautiful wood. I have a couple of rifles that are stainless with synthetic stocks, those get used when the weather is bad(rain or snow). The good walnut stocked rifles I have get to hunt when the weather is nice. Now I'm thinking of that Bastogne Walnut again, need to put some more green stuff in the cookie jar.
 

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when we talk about the "good old days" be careful. I have two waffle tops with walnut stocks and no checkering. Aesthetically I think the bulbous forends are a bit over done. I leave them alone as thinning them is not worth the effort to me nor am i in a mood to checker them just yet. The one would not hit the same place twice when I got it and required a bit of forearm work to get it to group. As to production cutbacks, like Eli stated, function over form. Some dislike black stocks, in a bolt gun they are not as pretty but don't warp, swell when wet and stay sighted in. I glass bedded a couple of bolt actions with walnut to get that feature. Also there is an issue of affordability. New guns of any real quality are getting spendy. Walnut is getting more scarce and very expensive. It adds nothing to funstion or accuracy and is just more attractive. That feature is worth more to some than others. What I find amusing, historically is that it was reserved for military rilfes. the finer rifles used curly maple.

The 12 ga fowler is made out of a chunk of birch I cut in my back 40 (long story) Scandanavians call it "fire birch" and value it. The poor boy squirrel rifle I built is the standard curly maple used commonly in long rifles. Walnut back then was used for militray rifles and tobacco sheds. Today we value walnut the most.

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The spin doctors have been trying to tell us the benefits of plastic stocks for decades now. Me, I'm just not buying it!
 
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Blued steel and walnut for me!! No plastic rifles need apply. Bob
 
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The first time I saw a plywood stocked Remin at Wally I cringed. How gaudy and tasteless I thought. I've never considered buying one. As a matter of fact if "JM" is not stamped on the barrel I'm not interested at all.
 

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I love the solid wood stocks, too. And not just Walnut, but any wood with a natural beauty to it, such as that curly maple above. I like laminates more than synthetic, but my first choice will always be solid wood furniture.
 

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Even if Remlins finally get to a place where they are of acceptable quality, I would still look elswhere for a rifle. I may already have enough lever guns to suit my shooting hobby and may be looking at a long barrel bolt action rifle if I ever find a job and have disposable income again. Never say never, but beyond Remington building crappy Remlins, I still have a problem with their lack of business ethics. They bought out Marlin, fired the employees, packed up and moved what was Marlin to their NY Plant. Deep sixing Marlin employees will never sit well with me. Giving Remington money for a new gun won't sit well either.


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