Marlin’s new Model 336 is everything you’d want a .30-30 lever action to be but includes all the refinements of the 21st century. The 336 has a smooth action, beautiful stock, and modern fittings.
The steel receiver is blued and tapped for scope rings. The 20″ blued barrel includes a leaf rear sight and hooded front sight. The lever and trigger guard are more refined than other lever guns with a chamfered edge all the way around.
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Although it has a tube magazine under the barrel, you can only load the gun using the side gate on the receiver. Of course, it includes Marlin’s gold trigger.
The stock is all made from American walnut with classic checkering in a modern design that genuinely improves grip. It’s just a little more modern overall.
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For instance, the barrel band is recessed in the forend for a tight fit, and it includes a sling stud. It’s also got a logo’d butt cap under the pistol grip and a durable butt pad.
Marlin’s new Model 336 will be available in the Spring of 2023 and is expected to be under $1,000.
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I bought my 30-30 Marlin back in 1991. I paid $150 for it, and it has been my favorite rifle ever since. Many deer have filled my freezer time and time again because it is accurate and tough. The only issue I had with it was a feeding problem that my gunsmith fixed. The wood enjoys the patina of use that adds to the charm of this old faithful.
Why would I buy a Marlin when I can buy a Henry for under $1,000.00?
Will not buy the gun with the cross-bolt safety can be a pain in the butt. Got my dad’s old one and great.
You are aware that the crossbolt safety is easily removable, right? There are numerous bolt on replacements that either remove the functionality of the safety, disguise it as a receiver screw, or even a saddle ring. You can also disable the factory safety in a 100% reversible fashion without buying anything at all. Five minutes with a screw driver and a 5/16” Allen wrench is all it takes. Don’t pass up a good Marlin just because it has the safety. Marlin engineers changed as little as possible to add the cross bolt safety and its removal leaves the rifle operating no differently than the earlier models.
I’ll keep my old Winchester. Thanks.
It’s nice to see the Marlin 336 come back, but it will never be the go to affordable deer rifle that Marlin offered for so many years as a price tag under 1,000 dollars is ridiculous when the original Marlin 336 only three years ago went for under 400 dollars. Thanks Ruger for taking a piece of American hunting standard and turning it into a pipe dream for the average working class hunter.
Why didn’t they make it loadable and unload-able from a removable tube magazine in the front? So much easier to drop them in instead of pushing them in from the rear. Also a much more easier and safer to unload when you can remove the tube magazine and empty the live rounds into your hand when your done hunting for the day. Not to mention peace of mind to verify that the gun is unloaded by removing the tube magazine. I had a friend who thought his old Winchester was unloaded till he shot himself in the leg now his left leg is shorter than the other. At least make a front loading tube magazine available for people to buy who want that option. Really nice rifle other than that.
Hate to break it to you – your friend is dumber than a box of hair and Darwin proves his point yet again. From the sounds of it, he’s lucky to still be waking up this side of the grass. I just hope, for humanity’s sake, he didn’t reproduce.
for 150 years it was done the way this Marlin loads and unloads. It is a proven system to those who practice gun safety and learn how the gun functions. If it means that much to you buy a Henry.
I could make the case that the modern Henry style loading system is potentially MORE dangerous to careless gun handlers than the traditional side gate. Ever seen someone load a Henry centerfire gun by tossing a round into the chamber, closing the lever, and then proceeding to load the tubular mag from the front? I have. While I’ve seen people load tubular mag .22s this way as well, an errant .22LR to the hand is less likely to be life changing (at least statistically) than a .30-30.
I owned a 336 the first year with a gold trigger. Sold it when I stopped hunting.Always wondered why not in .308?
I bought my 1895 guide gun in 45-70 Government twenty years ago for $400+ at Dicks Sporting Goods before they became antis. I will not shop in Dicks anymore. Or buy Levi jeans anymore. I still love carrying that lever action in the deer woods. Good handling and easy to navigate thru thick woods still hunting. After enjoying using it for 20 years it is probably worth more than I paid for it. Still looks great.
Glad Ruger/Marlin has brought this rifle and caliber back.
I imagine it’ll be about 1200 once initial demand drops down to normal consumption.
Well you want American made quality and real walnut then ya gotta pay the freight. Dont blame the manufacturer- blame your stupid printing press money machine Government for inflation. The days of buying a 336 for $150.00 on sale at Kmart belongs to an America that is long gone never to return.
You are 110% correct my friend. This criminal, out of control communist, puke govt has Destroyed the true value of the $USD and that is the honest, hard truth people. I love my country but this govt is worse than rectal carcinoma!!
Stolen elections have consequences.
Tell me about it! How that orange nimrod made so many law abiding citizens felons overnight with the bump stock ban!
I hope it’s well under a 1000.00. This is a working Mans gun and needs to stay that way. I have two 336’s and payed no more than 400 for either of them. Granted the wood is not as nice but the wood means nothing on a hunting rifle.
The old Marlin in .35 is bringing way more than $400 these days and ammo like any rifle load is expensive and hard to find,the working man today would have to hope.22 would suffice
Don’t bet on it pal. $400 buys you almost nothing these days. Heck that is less than 2 weeks of grocery $$ may friend. The clowns in govt have destroyed the value of our once almighty dollar. And we the people keep on sitting back doing Nothing.
What’re you gonna do about it, Joe?