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Hello everybody:

After three weeks in this MO forum, having lots of fun and learning much about our favorite guns, Marlinitis is kicking in hard. So I decided to "go Marlin" in my long firearms.
I already have my 1894S for hog hunting at close range. I'm gonna trade my Anschutz 1516 22 Magnun for a Marlin 39 and need to replace my Remington 700 30-06 for a Marlin capable to do the job at 250+ yards, mainly for hog and deer hunting. Would the Marlin 336 30-30 do the job?.

Thanks in advance for your comments
 

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My thought is that most of us need a .30-06. May I suggest you keep the 700 just in case and get a .30-30. If you must trade, evaluate your needs and look at the .308 express and the .338 express for longer range work. Free advice and worth everything it cost. Welcome and enjoy, Jack
 

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+1 on the .308MX and .338MX for the distances you want to use it at.
 

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the 338 mx ballistics are the same as a 30 06.
I have the 338 mxlr and it is a nice shooting rifle.
welcome to mo forum.
 

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Yes the 30-30 will work .. I like the others if you have a good Rem 700 keep it.. and try to get the 30-30.. .. or 308me
 

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308 marlin and 338marlin ammo is not as easy to get or cheap as 30-30 and 30-06. keep the 06 and get a 30-30. good luck!
 

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A 30-30, .308ME and .338ME will work.... however, I'd keep the 30-06. That's a good firearm to have ;)
 

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Like others have said, keep the 30-06 because you can find shells for that rifle anywhere. If you want a long shooting lever, then get a 338ME. I have the 338MXLR and I am able to hit targets at 400yds will practice. The 250yd-300yd shot is no problem with the right scope & a little practice.
Good luck w/the Marlinitis, I am still looking for a cure but have found putting a Marlin in lay-a-way has eased the twiching & uncontrolable buying of Marlin's. I have bought 4 in the last year and always looking for a good deal.
 

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Another vote for the .308mx ansd .338mx both calibers are more than capable of taking game out to 250 + yards!!!!
 

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As much as it hurts to say, I say keep the 30-06. Only because of ease of finding ammo, and good prices. But look into 308/338 marlins. They would do the job.
 

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I too suggest you keep the '06; "however", you may have to sell/trade it due to financial concerns. That being said, I think the 338MXLR is your huckleberry "if" you could find one that was a proven reliable/accurate, previously owned one. I tried one, got a lemon, and after extensive work it still was a 5" shooter at 100. I noticed people were having much less trouble with the 308ME, and I got one the other day from a fellow. it is a .5" ( so far!) reliable rifle. It is a modern Marlin, identical (in the field) to the 300 Savage, and better than many factory loads shot out of 308win carbines ( 18-20"bbls) Deer/hogs/elk (especially now that you can get the 140 Monoflex ) Put a Wild West trigger in whatever you get, at least a 2x7 and you are in business! I really wanted that 338MXLR, but I live in elk country, and I like heavy bullets per caliber, so "try" to imagine my disappointment with a POC lemon! :'(
 

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308 marlin and 338marlin ammo is not as easy to get or cheap as 30-30 and 30-06. keep the 06 and get a 30-30. good luck!
That was my first thought. .308 is not .308 in this equation. Potential future availability was the main factor behind me not throwing in and buying the damn thing to begin with. I would have snapped a real .308 lever up in a heart beat.
 

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Another vote: keep the 30-06 and shoot for the 30-30 (or 308mx or 338 if trading the 30-06)

Right or wrong, I look at my .35Rem and 30-30 as max 150 to 175 yard rifles. Yes, they'll reach out a bit further, but when I anticipate that, I think of the 25- or 30-06.
 

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I agree getting the .308mx, mine groups 1/2 inch at a 100 yards and easily good to 350. If I had a choice of which gun to sell I would sell the 30.06 as they are easy to find used and often cheap as so many have been made. That little German gun is VERY high qaulity and normally very accurate. They are often hard to find used, you may regrett it later.Just my .02- Locoman
 

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308 and 338 LE ammo is on shelves at most gun stores around here. Availablity isn't an issue here, cost is a bit more than some other ammo, cheaper than others. I still get sticker shock when I start looking at some of the ammo prices of ammo with some of the bonded or partition bullets. DP
 

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Thank you guys, I appreciate your candidness. Seems like 30-30 isn't a real option to replace a 30-06.

I'll continue my conversation with the 308/338 Team members. My problem there is ammo availability. I was hoping the 308 was .308 Winchester which is the most popular rifle cartridge around here, but I know now it isn't.

Just for you to know, 30-06 is one of the most expensive cartridges available here. It is almost $3 a bullet. So, although I like my Rem 700 a lot, I wouldn't miss it much, since I shoot it very seldom.

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That's rediculous that the 30-06 ammo is that expensive, here in the states the only thing cheaper is 30-30 ammo. I wonder what they charge for .338mx ammo in Chile? Is reloading an option for you, that always helps equalize the cost of shooting expensive calibers?
 

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That's rediculous that the 30-06 ammo is that expensive, here in the states the only thing cheaper is 30-30 ammo. I wonder what they charge for .338mx ammo in Chile? Is reloading an option for you, that always helps equalize the cost of shooting expensive calibers?
+1on the reloading, if it's an option for you.
 
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