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Old 01-29-2019, 09:29 PM   #1
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Pair of Marlins

As mentioned in Cucaís Last Gun post, I found a couple of Marlin 336 rifles in .30-30 at a gun show last weekend. One was made in 1949 and is a Waffle Top that has not been molested with drilling/tapping for scope. These are getting harder to find these days (not drilled/tapped). Itís a 336 Sporting Carbine (SC) and is super light weight.

The other one was made in 1975 and is a pre-cross bolt safety model. This gun is in like new condition. I just finished taking them both completely down and inspecting/cleaning. Had a steel tube Weaver Wide View 4x scope that I mounted on the newer model. Itís period correct for that model. That scope was my first scope given to me by my grandfathers brother (who taught me how to deer hunt). Canít wait to shoot these two rifles for sure.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:49 PM   #2
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I have a 336 from the 70's, mine is .35rem.
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:03 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by 2sharp2 View Post
I have a 336 from the 70's, mine is .35rem.
Those tend to be valued quite a bit higher than the .30-30s. I didnít see any at the gun show though. This particular gun show seemed to have quite a bit more older guns this time than in the past. Was encouraging to see that as I have been disappointed in the past. Thereís another one this weekend that Iím hoping to go to.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:00 PM   #4
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...more nice finds Tejun :-)
Oddly I was thinking about you earlier today, I drove from Anaheim to the Bay area, ugh. Halfway up here I passed "camp Tejon". I'll bet the early settlers there would have appreciated having a rifle as finely manufactured as either of those fancy Marlins :-)
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Congratulations they look great.
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Congrats now i'm jealous very nice shooter's..
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Old 01-31-2019, 01:24 PM   #7
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Those tend to be valued quite a bit higher than the .30-30s. I didnít see any at the gun show though. This particular gun show seemed to have quite a bit more older guns this time than in the past. Was encouraging to see that as I have been disappointed in the past. Thereís another one this weekend that Iím hoping to go to.

I don't know what you paid for your newest additions. Not even sure what real world value is. I assume the older models are more desirable. What did Marlin change, what's the cutoff year. I've not kept up with them. I would say mine is in NIB condition. I saw one at the pawn shop today it had a lot of wear, character and they had it priced at $419.00. I think I would want more than that for mine. I've pretty sure mine has not had over 40 rounds thru it. I don't remember if the box is stored downstairs.
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I don't know what you paid for your newest additions. Not even sure what real world value is. I assume the older models are more desirable. What did Marlin change, what's the cutoff year. I've not kept up with them. I would say mine is in NIB condition. I saw one at the pawn shop today it had a lot of wear, character and they had it priced at $419.00. I think I would want more than that for mine. I've pretty sure mine has not had over 40 rounds thru it. I don't remember if the box is stored downstairs.
The models prior to the addition of the crossbolt safety are the most sought after. There was a period of transition (around the 80s) when Remington took over that the quality was bad, but it seems Remington corrected that at some point. The JM stamped barrels are also what collectors look for. One never knows what drives price high or low some times. I paid $450 for the newer model and $475 for the older one. I just checked GB and there was a 336A in 35 Rem that was made in 1959 that went for $1500 and another made in 1968 that went for $680.

I'd looked at several that had quite a bit of battle scars (70s versions) that were priced from $400 - $550. So when I found the one I bought that looked practically new (made in 75), I jumped on it. The older one had the waffle top receiver that had not been drilled. It will appreciate in value for sure.

You can determine year made by subtracting the first two digits from 100... ie., a serial number that begins with 25 was made in 1975.
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Arland,

if your serial number starts with a letter, the following corresponding years apply:
1946-C
1947-D
1948-E
1949-F
1950-G
1951-H
1952-J
1953-K
1954-L
1955-M
1956-N
1957-P
1958-R
1959-S
1960-T
1961-U
1962-V
1963-W
1964-Y,-Z
1965-AA
1966-AB
1967-AC
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It's in the back of the safe, I'll have to dig it out when I get a chance.

Now that I think about it, my Dad and I both had one in 35rem. Probably 20 or more years ago I had not been hunting in a long time and I decided I didn't need my .35 and Dad wasn't able to hunt so I sold mine but kept the older model he used for several years. I bet he never even fired 25 rounds thru it.
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