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Way back on MarlinTalk, I mentioned having seen a Marlin 336, sold by Sears as a Model 45.

I revisited the pawnshop and bought the rifle (<$200 out-the-door, including a Tasco 4x32 scope). It's a pretty old rifle; obviously, it pre-dates the crossbolt safety. The serial number starts with "Z," which means it was made in 1964 (if the Sears rifles used the same serial numbering system).

The stock is a nice walnut, and is the actual slimmer 336 stock, not the chunky Glenfield/Marlin Model 30 cut.

A very thorough cleaning, some serious elbow grease on the wood, and the rifle looks pretty nice--the walnut has taken on a nice gloss and the blue is a deep color. True, there's a little surface freckling, and the previous owner scratched some kind of number on the left side of the receiver, but I don't care.

I hope it's happy in its new home!
 

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that's the sort of rifle that would be a great candidate for some heavy customizing. For instance it would make a great 30-30AI.
 

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It will know it is wanted and shoot great, I am glad you found it.
 

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Nice find! And I lke 35hunter's idea too.
 

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Congratulations. You have a very fine rifle there. Real walnut can be hidden by years of neglect but as you see comes out with a bit of work.
 

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Moose Maximus, congrats on snagging that Sears model 45 AKA Marlin 336. Sure is nice to put a little effort into something and having it turn out very nice. Take care, John.
 

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Nice find!
As for the surface freckling, my Texan had some too but a little 0000 steel wool and WD40 cleaned it all off. Amazing.
LarryO
 

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To the OP, congrats on saving a Marlin, sounds like she talked to you and you responded well. Take good care of her and she will serve you the rest of your life, and your grand children's. DP
 

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I love shooters...character marks and all
 

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I really like the model 45's. got one in 35 Rem.


That's a nice looking rifle. I'm trying to make up my mind when I find a good used real Marlin if I want the .30-30 or the .35. Just for bullet cost and availability I'm thinking of staying with the .30-30.
You guys see this original post is from 04 right? Somebody bumped it from the graveyard. lol
 

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