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Hello,

This is my first post on Marlin Owners. I've been lurking and drooling over many rifles here for a while now. I recently received a 1981 manufacture Marlin 336 in 30-30. I snatched it up for $360 and thought i was getting a decent deal on a pre-safety, JM Marlin. As it turns out I believe I got a Bubba special. Alot of screw heads are buggered up, the stock appears to be refinished/over sanded as the lower tang is proud of the stock, the front sight is canted to the left, and the barrel has turned a brown color. All of these things considered its now my Bubba special and I still love it despite its flaws. I would however like some advice of the cause of a lever sticking when trying to unlock the action. If i get a running start in the lever the gun opens and the action seems relatively smooth. However, if I just try to slowly apply pressure on the lever to open it the gun stays locked up and it takes what i estimate to be 12-15 pounds of pressure to get the action to open. Also, should the brown barrel be of concern? the metal is still shiny and there is no pitting. Is this a bad attempt at a re-blue or something i should be worried about?

My plans for the rifle are to have it chopped down to 16.5" by Brockman's and re-install a factory front base and mount a skinner rear sight on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I tried to attach a picture of the brown barrel. photo.JPG
 

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The lever plunger may be stuck. Take it out and clean it and oil it up. Also by the pic, it looks like they cold blued the barrel.
 

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I think it is the plunger. I'm planning a complete tear down and scrubbing. Thanks for the reply!
 

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Welcome to Marlin Onwers steinimal. Probably the plunger but speaking to the canted front sight you might check to see if the barrel is correctly clocked. I have, on occassion, found some older rifles need their barrels re-clocked and problem solved.

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Gun blue eventually turns brown with age and exposure to the elements. Strong cleaners can also cause discoloration. Hoppe's #9 old formula was bad about doing that. That's why you see a lot of old guns that have no blue left on the end of the barrel.
 

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Welcome and happy shootin'.
 

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Welcome to MarlinOwners. Sounds like you have a plan. Please keep us posted on how it turns out.
 
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This is hands down the friendliest forum I've ever come across! I think I'll be contacting Brockmans ASAP to chop this sucker down. It'll match my little 45lc 92 trapper and my guide gun very well.
 

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Steinimal... welcome to MO!! glad to have you here... congratulations on the new to you 336... the patina on the barrel adds character and fixing what Bubba left behind is half the fun and makes her your own... enjoy the rifle and the project ahead!!! :congrats:
 

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welcom to M.O STEINMAL
lots of good info hear from those who know .
had the same prob with one of my 336.s and was told it might be the extractor ,and to remove the bolt and clean and lube all the moving parts .
there was all sorts of grit and grime in the extractor grove it was hanging up on .after a compleat take down and cleaning it works fine.
good luck!!
 

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welcome from Oregon and welcome to the forum can we get more pics of your new to you marlin congrats on your new to you 336 we like gun porn on here
 

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A hearty welcome from middle Georgia. We'll need pictures when you get the project done.
 

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Sounds like a fun project, several fellas here have given their Marlins the "bob job" Since we know you can post pics, please keep us updated with the progress on this project! Oh, and welcome to Marlin Owners family! DP
 

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If cleaning/oiling the plunger doesn't do it. Try turning it over and, while the lever is open, spray a little oil inside on that square silver hook thing where the hooked end of the lever goes inside. That's the locking bolt (I think it's more like a block, but that's just me), that gets pulled down by the lever. If that does it, then the "action" just needs to be cleaned out.
 

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Welcome to Marlin Owners from East TN.! You're right about these being the friendliest people on any forum, they are also the brightest when it comes to common sense issues. After you get done with getting the bubble gum out of the plunger, rebluing the barrel, shortening barrel, etc., etc., you might look at replacing the buggered screws and rear stock with replacements from Numrich Gunparts. I replaced a stock that my brother splintered with a tractor tire, and Numrich had the parts, and was very reasonable. If You don't choose to remove all the cosmetic flaws, just use the money you saved on ammo or reloading equipment and components.
 
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Hello and welcome to Marlinowners from Louisiana congrats on your rifle!!!!It wont take much to get it how you want it!!!!
 

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Welcome to MO. A restoration on your rifle will teach more than you realize. It's great fun, it's frustrating, it's infuriating, but gives you a lot of satisfaction when your done. Do as much as you can yourself. That's where the real reward is.
 

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Hello and Welcome to MarlinOwners from New York!
If you have any problems just ask us were here to lend you a hand. You can also checkout the Gunsmithing section and find a lot you may find helpful!

Good luck
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steinimal, welcome to the MO Family, from here in west central Mo. Sounds and looks like you got a nice Marlin to work with if you decide to go the short route. One bit of advise, get a set of gunsmith's screwdrivers to work on your Marlin, will save your gun's finish and your temper as well. Good sets can be gotten from Brownell's and Midway USA. If you only work on Marlin, Grace Tools make a Marlin specific set, look them up on the website, get their phone number and call them. Their drivers are made in the USA and good quality tools. Take care, keep us in the loop on your Marlin project, John.
 
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