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Old 10-11-2017, 07:43 PM
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:55 PM
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Seems like a very good price for a good rifle. The scope is probably nothing special but likely adequate for the rifle. I've had quite a few Marlins over the years and they all have been reliable. Not target guns for sure but plenty good for the intended purpose of deer and comparable mid-size game at reasonable ranges. Good luck.

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Old 10-11-2017, 08:00 PM
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I am a huge Marlin aficionado, but I'm talking about the JR Marlins made prior to their acquisition by Remington. I know Marlin has slightly improved their QC over the horrendous stuff they had been shipping the last 5 years but they are still not passing the smell test yet - at least as far as I am concerned. Improving, but not there yet.

I suppose if you must by a new gun you can't go too wrong for that price, although the Scope is more than likely made in China and not very good at that.

Personally I would say you should look for a used JM Marlin in good shape. I'll bet you can find a good one for about the same (maybe a bit more) and it would be something you could be proud to own. Of course you would still need a scope, however I doubt the scope they are giving you with the gun is worth much anyway.
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I have a Marlin 336 JM 30-30 used that I wouldn't sell for under $400. I didn't think they sold new with finished wood and blued for less than $400. When I bought mine2 years ago at a pawn shop I was at Academy and these guns new without blued metal and unfinished wood were around $400.
If that is a new gun then I would really want to have it in hand to check it out very closely. Since Remington bought out Marlin the quality reports are often not good. I heard that Remington let go all the Marlin employees when they bought them out. Some refer to the new Marlin guns as RemLins.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:08 PM
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I’d look for a used “JM” stamped Marlin. They often come with scopes that are better than the one on the rifle in the ad.

Remington has gotten better at making Marlin rifles, but compared to the real Marlins, the “REP” Marlins still come in a distant second.

The Trading Post at the Marlinowners Forum is the best place to get a used Marlin.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:17 PM
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It looks like a very good price for a package. Don’t expect much from the scope, but it should be adequate for a season for brush hunting. The Marlin is a solid rifle.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:21 PM
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Not a bad price...as long as you realize you are only getting what you paid for.

I've got an old 336RC from 40 some-odd years ago. The old Marlins are far superior to these new ones.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:41 PM
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I have tried for years to be a Marlin fan, owning several dozen but other than the model 39's I just don't get that warm fuzzy feeling. I have an 18" Texan in 30-30 with a Leupold 2 1/2 power compact. A much as I have tried to make this my knock around gun, I just can not get consistent performance. I do get great performance from a 1972 vintage 1895, 45-70 but it rattles and the front sight keeps falling off. One a Winchester man always a Winchester man.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:52 PM
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I'll chime in again. Yes, I'm a JM stamp bigot too. Agree with others that the initial Remington produced Marlins were of poor quality. However, I think those problems have been fixed for a couple years now. I've had a couple of the REMs and frankly the quality seems just fine. If you want an inexpensive new deer rifle I think you'll be happy with one of the new ones. Good luck.

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Old 10-11-2017, 08:52 PM
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I had one that was C&R eligible. Meh... Didn't see the big deal in 30/30. It didn't do anything that all my other rifles didn't do it better. Sd it after a few months

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Old 10-11-2017, 10:39 PM
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I'm a fan of the 336, but I'm not a fan of rifle/scope package deals. I'd rather pick out my own scope.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:49 PM
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If you happen to have a walmart close by check their prices out. They do not sell guns online but last year I think I paid $279 for a new 336 without scope. I have an old one from 1951 I believe and leave that one just with iron sights. Great guns and pretty accurate.
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BTW guys I want to post this HEADS UP especially for Newbies here.

I've actually SEEN IN PERSON Marlins that were falsely stamped "JM" by sellers who are trying to deceive potential buyers. If you have ANY doubts at all, it's best to look up the serial number on line and SEE if it's the real deal and if you have any doubts. You can see from the serial number when the rifle was made and then look at Marlins time line to see when they stopped the "JM" stamping.

Most guys familiar with Marlins won't need to look as they can usually tell right away by looking at the fit & finish. But again there are slime-balls out there who will try and get over on buyers unfamiliar with Marlins.
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Old 10-13-2017, 12:06 AM
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I still regret trading away a 336 over forty years ago. Splendid rifle, very accurate for a lever action. I'm sure it would still serve me well today if I were able to hunt. But I would examine any new-production Marlin firearm with a lot of care. I hope they are getting on top of their QC problems, but reports are spotty.

In fairness, I never felt the same about them after they went to the lawyered-up crossbolt safety, but I became a curmudgeon relatively young.
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Old 10-13-2017, 02:23 AM
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I had a guy bring one of these over a couple weeks ago to
Bore sight the scope. The scope had no makers ID on it, only
China. There are a lot of JM Marlins out their for $375 range.
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Old 10-13-2017, 08:42 AM
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I love my 336. It is about 15 years old. I put a Nikon Buckmaster scope on it before I took it to the range. It is very accurate at 100/200 yards.
I also have an older model 60 22lr. I installed Tech Sights because I just could not get the factory steel sights to be accurate with my crappy eyes. The rifle is accurate as long as I can sight in the target! Tech Sights make this possible.
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Old 10-13-2017, 09:10 AM
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I'm with Chief38 on this one. I have 2 Marlin 336's: 30-30, 35 Rem and 45-70. all are pre-Remington. Personally, I wouldn't buy a new one on a bet.

Keep looking, find yourself an older 336, pay a little more and get a MUCH better rifle.

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most of the new 336's I have seen lately seem much improved over the ones made in the first year or two of Remington ownership -- but none hold a candle to the 1950's-'60's-'70's-'80's examples that still abound in the pawnshops, gun shows and independent gun stores. You'd probably be OK buying that new one -- but the same money, plus some patient searching, could get you the real deal.
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Old 10-13-2017, 11:35 AM
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I bought one of these 336 packages. The scope is adequate and will work fine until I decide to replace it with something a bit better. This particular rifle is quite accurate, having fired about 120 rounds of 150 gr, and 20 rounds of 170 gr. Federal. But what impressed me most is that the action is extremely smooth, especially for a new production gun. I'm impressed with the fit and finish from what they were are a couple of years after the Remington acquisition.

I'm about to start reloading for my 30-.30s (I also have the old family heirloom Winchester). I intend to load some 125 and 150 gr. I'm still researching the powder choices.

I have an older Model '95 in .357 from about 10 years ago. Good carbine, but not nearly as smooth.
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