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Hi All,

Just purchased my first firearm - a Marlin 336C in 30-30. It's brand new. I purchased it locally from a small mom/pop gun-outdoors store near me. I'm sure I didnt pay the least for the rifle but I did support a local, American establishment. I also purchased 4 boxes of 30-30 ammo. 2 round tip boxes and 2 pointed tip (the "flex point" type specifically for lever action rifles). There are a few reasons why I purchased no one reason prevailed over another some reasons that come to mind are: Target practice as a hobby (not competition or serious range shooting), Home defense & ability to go hunting if I choose to.

I headed down to my local gun range with my buddy who is very experienced handling guns. He hunts and was an instructor at a shooting/gun club. After giving me a few tips, I was ready to fire my first shot. I went to rack the gun but the lever only returned 1/2 way to the closed position. The bullet was not seating in the chamber correctly. It looked as if the bullet was too thick or the barrel was not bored out enough.

After talking to a bunch of people at the range - EVERYONE was completely bewildered by the issue. I took the gun back to the shop where the gunsmith also scratched his head at the issue. Noone could believe that the gun was never test fired @ the factory & the barrel was not properly bored out. (By the way, we know it's a proper 30-30 because of the engraving on the gun itself where it lists it's specs and serial number).

I was given another, brand new out of the box model as well as a free box of ammo and a sling for my troubles. The shop was excited to send it back to Marlin to see what they would say.

By the time the ordeal was over and I had a new, properly fit, rifle the range was closed. I have yet to shoot my new & first gun. I'm really excited to try it out this weekend - I only hear good things about the rifle and I love the way it looks and feels & operates (lever action is just plain cool).
 

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Hello and welcome to Marlinowners from Louisiana!!!That is awesome that your local gun dealer gave you a new rifle and some accesories for your trouble now that is a store that would have my business from here on out you just dont find a lot of stores like that that would go out of there way to make sure the customer is happy!!Good for you I hope that you enjoy your new 30-30 for many years to come!!
 

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Welcome,from Myrtle Beach,S.C. Glad everything worked out, seems like theres always something, T REX
 

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Welcome, from DFW, Texas
 

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Welcome to Marlin Owner's, from Maine!!! :)

That was a very interesting story!!!
I'm glad things all worked out for you!! :)
 

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Welcome from the Republic of Texas...
 

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Welcome from Westminster, CO!

That is quite the issue and I am glad you got it settled.

BTW Lever actions are just plain cool.

Steven
 

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Hi NateMare13, I'm from northeast Florida near Jacksonville.This forum is very interesting and friendly. It was nice of that store owner to take the gun back and give you another gun and other things.Welcome Aboard. Marla
 

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Welcome from Olympia, WA; in the great Pacific Northwest - MARLIN® COUNTRY!!!!!
 

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Welcome from South Florida!
 

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Welcome to MO. Let us know how your range experience went with your new rifle.
 

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I hate it when the bullets are too fat! ;D
 

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welcome from Florida
 

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just joined marlin owners too. great info in here. i have 2 444 marlins 1975 i just love the lever action rifles. grew up with my dad shooting 30-30 marlin .they seem to take you back in time. looking foward to more info just started reloading 2 weeks ago.need to get my 444 components and start reloading. use my guns for hog hunting it knocks em down hard.
 

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Welcome from central Kansas! Too tight is probably better than too loose!
 
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