Marlin Firearms Forum banner

1 - 19 of 19 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Just wanted to share my pop's old gun, of course when he passed just a few years ago i took it over. Marlin model 336 30-30. Sad to say i haven't got a lot of time to mess with it since i got it. A lot of history with this old thing. My father was a very stand up fellow, couldn't pay him to lie to someone. He treated people how he wanted to be treated. And always worked like everyone was watching him even though he was self employed most of my life and worked by himself (Marine electronics, Radar specialist). He was raised by a strick military father, and while his father was a good man, he was very by the book. And his mother was very religious and a very good person. So i can see why my father ended up the way he did. Both were excellent grandparents to me and my sister. From a young age my father was told he had a heart murmur and couldn't play sports. So he got into martial arts, and devoted a large portion of his life to it, and body building. (more for training and martial arts then to turn into an Arnold) He ended up eighth degree black belt in Karate-do and specialized in ju-jitsu and martial arts weapons. (eventually becoming a sensei and teaching self defense at his own dojo and at community fitness centers) Along the way in his early years, one of his Martial Arts buddies got to become a good family friend and our families often hung out and went to dinner together. My father and his friend would often talk about guns, hunting and such, and my father always talked about THIS gun when they would chat or look at the catalogues. Unknown to him one day his friend presented him with his dream rifle out of the blue. Just for always being a good friend, person, and always being there for him. He included a small plaque that he had mounted to the hand guard that says "TOMADACHI" which means ( Friends ) in japanese with both their initials at the bottom. I have never seen my father turn anyone away, and he always gave everyone his full attention and knowledge. Im proud to have had him in my life, and glad i could take over his rifle to give it many more years of use and memories.

Its funny because i always avoided asking him about the rifle growing up. About 4 or 5 years after he got the gun. Somehow when i was still a youngin, i ended up knocking it over, or knocking it off the table and broke the stock in half. I can still hear the stories of how mad my dad was that day from my mom. He never talked about it to me, and i never asked. Ever since i was old enough to hear the story from her, i always avoided talking about the gun because i felt guilty. I'll give him credit, he put the darn thing back together. Glued, dowed, and filled the voids with resin/epoxy. It actually makes the gun look really cool and rustic if you can even tell, but i fear its no longer structurally sound. I have a stock i ordered for this gun mounted on it right now, but i have to do a little work to fit it up to the gun. I'll throw up some nice pictures of the damaged stock, it hasn't aged well on the inside. It also has the so called "dreaded" ring scope mounts lol. But i really have no drive to change the gun from how he had it. Hell if i can clear the old stock to still be sound to shoot with, i'll end up leaving that thing on there to. Only thing i did order is a limbsaver butt pad for it. The stock butt stock has just a hard plastic/composite butt plate. So depending which stock that the limbsaver fits the best will most likely make the decision as both stocks are different sizes at the rear. But just wanted to share this here with all the Marlin lovers.

I just took it out to the range last weekend to knock the dust off, and this thing is still a spot on tack driver. I think he had put a different trigger in it to, looks like it use to be gold but it got worn off. I also included a picture just forward of the handguard wood. there is a hole between the barrel and mag tube. Im guessing it use to be a forward sling mount or something in that hole?

824538
824539
824540
824541
824542
824543
824544
824545
824546
824547
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,846 Posts
Welcome to MO and thanks for the intro you posted. Memories....

Yours is not the first stock to be broken or to be fixed. With your dad's skills I suspect it is stronger now than it was before it was dropped. I wouldn't hesitate to shoot it.

The original stock looks better on the rifle, in my opinion. It has character and a story to tell.

And it honors your father.

Enjoy.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,744 Posts
Great story on the rifle and your parents. That stock should hold up fine from what I can tell from the pictures. It looks like a pretty good repair to me. The crack on the lower tang is hard to tell if it was glued but if not just put some glue in it and clamp it together for a few days. Nice 1966 rifle that should last for many more generations.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29,573 Posts
Welcome from the marshes of south Louisiana.

Thanks for the story of your father! He was a proud American! Myself I would put the original stock on and be proud of that Marlin........!

ca'jun56
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
I have no problem with the original stock going back on. After looking at how it fits up, looks like the main recoil is going strait back into the still solid part. So i will glue, clamp, and make sure its back solid. I'll run the new one i have on it till i get the original done up better.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
708 Posts
Good story filled with a bunch of memories! Thanks for sharing.
IMO, from what I can see, your Dad did a pretty good job of repairing that stock.
Enjoy!

WYT-P
Skyhunter
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
19,692 Posts
Welcome from South Florida and great story BDogg and a gun to be proud of for sure! Like others have said, make sure the old stock is structurally sound and put her back together! Much more character (along with a story to go with it) than the new stock IMO. Also, there's a thread with stories just like yours here:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,160 Posts
Welcome from the tax state. Nice rifle and good memories. I would use the original stock and keep the new stock just in case.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #12
About to purchase/adopt its big brother from a friend to keep this little 336 company... Marlin 1895 45-70 I got her down to $400 with some labor (fix garage door, and sort some electrical problems)
824591
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
About to purchase/adopt its big brother from a friend to keep this little 336 company... Marlin 1895 45-70 I got her down to $400 with some labor (fix garage door, and sort some electrical problems) View attachment 824591
Another victim of Marlinitis! Pretty soon you'll have the urge to add a Model 60, and an 1894 or two, and a 336 in .35 Rem and...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Another victim of Marlinitis! Pretty soon you'll have the urge to add a Model 60, and an 1894 or two, and a 336 in .35 Rem and...
Did they make one in a 44 mag around the age of my gun? lol I did get a nice pre-lock S&W Nickle model 29-3 revolver in 44 mag from her also. Would be nice to share rounds between a handgun and a rifle. I mean......No i don't need any more guns.....mabey.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
28 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
So what do you guys think this is from? the hole just between the barrel and the mag tube just forward of the wood. Where a sling mount use to be?
824614
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
Did they make one in a 44 mag around the age of my gun? lol I did get a nice pre-lock S&W Nickle model 29-3 revolver in 44 mag from her also. Would be nice to share rounds between a handgun and a rifle. I mean......No i don't need any more guns.....mabey.
Marlin made a 336 in .44magnum for about one year. But they did and still make an 1894 in .44magnum. I have a 1894 in .357 Magnum and it's sweet! I want a single action revolver to pair with it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
I was at a gunstore a couple of years ago. I watched an older gentleman purchase a beautiful weatherby rifle and then put a high dollar zeiss scope on top. After he purchased it he leaned it up against the counter and keep walking around it which i thought was strange. As i continued to watch him he then reached out and knocked the rifle and scope onto the floor. Everybody in the store was shocked. He then picked it up and said "ok now i can hunt with it." i began talking with him and he said the rifle was too perfect to hunt with. He said every ding on his rifles tell a story. My point is put that old stock back on. It will always remind you of your dad. welcome to mo From texas.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,360 Posts
Great story and nice memories of your father. I agree with most that I would leave the old stock on the rifle. That rifle is a piece of family history. Nice score on the 45-70, looks like a beauty and should be a great shooter. Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing the story.
 
1 - 19 of 19 Posts
Top