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I recently acquired an older 336 (1960 era) in.35 Remington that I'm excited about.
The rifle has a straight stock, shows some minor wear but is in excellent shape overall.
My question is, why was the rifle offered in the straight stock edition?
When was it dis-continued?
 

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My question is, why was the rifle offered in "pistol grip" stock edition?
After all, weren't straight stock levers first?

Welocome to the Texan 35 club.

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I've got a Texan in .35 Remington myself. Some time back I passed on a Texan in .30-30 at a gun show, and I've been kicking myself ever since. I probably paid a bit too much for my .35 through Gun Broker, but I really had to have it. It did come with a Leupold scope, however. Marlinitis keeps driving me. We're up to 24 Marlins now, and I just went to Wally World a couple of days ago and ordered a .45-70 Cowboy.
 

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I prefer straight stock (Texan) versions. I even converted my .338MX to straight stock :).
 

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Here is a neat little Gun Digest article on the "Texan". I'm guessing Marlin was angling for those customer's given to nostalgia as well as horseback hunters/ranchers/etc. As indicated in the article, it was advertised as "easy to scabbard". The pistol grip obviously won out! I've really taken a liking to the straight grip version but, I'm tall, and the pistol grip definitely has a better fit for folks like me. In any case I think those straight grips really have soul! I don't know if the actual length of pull measurement is the same between straight and pistol grip versions (if anyone has both and could clarify, I'd be thankful) ;)


http://www.gundigest.com/article/littlemartin
 

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Thanks for the replies guys!
I just bought this rifle from a neighbor and I'm anxious to get it shooting.
50 rounds of new brass, bullets and dies arrived this past week so it's fun time once again.
 

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The straight stocks are highly sought after, but I don't like them as they don't fit me well at all. It's probably something I wouldn't buy unless I really got a deal on one.
 

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My first center fire rifle was a Marlin 444 pistol grip. Loved that rifle but eventually sold it. ::) When I got back to replenishing my firearms this time around I decided to go with straight stocks. I like em both but the straight stocks just caught my eye, especially with the calibers/models that interested me.

To the OP, not sure what the answer is to your question but you're gunna love the one you picked up!
 

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Zeke/pa said:
My question is, why was the rifle offered in the straight stock edition?
Because that's what the standard lever action rifle/carbine has worn since the dawn of the lever action. Pistol grips were special orders back in the day.

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mario said:
Because that's what the standard lever action rifle/carbine has worn since the dawn of the lever action. Pistol grips were special orders back in the day.

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Townsend Whelen thought the pistol grip was better for accuracy and such. I tend to agree.
 

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mogwai said:
Townsend Whelen thought the pistol grip was better for accuracy and such. I tend to agree.
Only because you can pull the firearm tighter to your shoulder. For an experienced marksmen, it should not matter. I can shoot both exceptionally well and just as good as the next guy; but I do prefer the look of the straight grip.
 

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Only because you can pull the firearm tighter to your shoulder. For an experienced marksmen, it should not matter. I can shoot both exceptionally well and just as good as the next guy; but I do prefer the look of the straight grip.
You might want to research the name before blowing him off. Althought his Marlin Owner post count was small, TOWNSEND WHELEN knew a little bit about guns and shooting.
 

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Back in my Winchester 94 days, I preferred straight grips, but, now that I'm into Marlins, I find that I have no particular preference. I have both kinds, and I pretty much like them all.
 

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mogwai said:
You might want to research the name before blowing him off. Althought his Marlin Owner post count was small, TOWNSEND WHELEN knew a little bit about guns and shooting.
I am very much aware who Townsend Whelen is and am not blowing him off, and I am not chastising someone for their Marlin Owners post count, that is the least of my worries my friend.

Here is the way I see it. Will a pistol grip allow you to bring the firearm tighter to your shoulder? Yes. How can this help with accuracy? It helps with accuracy by allowing a tighter and steadier grip, and also easing up the felt recoil. Like I said, with a good marksmen it should not matter, but personal preferences are personal preferences. I think you need to go back and read my post again. I was simply posting my personal preference since the thread title is Straight Vs. Pistol grip. I own marlins with both types, so I'm not exactly biased. I just prefer the look of the straight grip. No need for hostility, we are all friends here. :)
 

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I've always been a pistol grip guy, but after handling a straight stock realized I really don't have a preference...like em both. My only preference is short and stubby, for whatever reason I'm drawn to short barrel Marlins.
 

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Brian in FL said:
Back in my Winchester 94 days, I preferred straight grips, but, now that I'm into Marlins, I find that I have no particular preference. I have both kinds, and I pretty much like them all.
I'm with you Brian, I like em all too!! Even though the pistol grip has a better fit, the "Texans" have a high "cool" factor and are hard to pass up if you are lucky enough to find one. :D
 

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skeeter said:
Wait till arthritis sets in.The pistol grip is a must.
33 yrs old with arthritis in both hands and Carpal Tunnel surgery on one already. ;D


mogwai said:
Townsend Whelen thought the pistol grip was better for accuracy and such. I tend to agree.
And if I was shooting across meadows, canyons, corn fields, etc I may agree. But I'd also probably be using a bolt action... 8)

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