Some people rave about it, some people like something else better. To love or not to love the Marlin 336 is your choice. But before you make one, check out this review and see if it’s worth getting.
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Marlin 336 | A Quick And Insightful Review
The Marlin 336
The Marlin 336 is a classic rifle made by Marlin Firearms, who’ve manufactured the weapon since 1948. It’s one of the most popular firearms in the history of the United States. Only the Winchester Model 94 has been more popular over time.
The 336 is traditionally chambered in .30-30 Winchester, and it’s been used over time mostly for hunting and general target practice.
The rifle has been popular for its performance, accuracy, accessibility, and variety; variations of this rifle have been produced with lots of different wood and material types, including stainless steel, maple hardwood, and walnut-finished hardwood.
Marlin 336 rifles are lighter and easier to handle than many comparable Winchester models, like the Winchester 94. This makes it great for larger and smaller folks alike since its recoil is quite controllable.
All in all, it only weighs about 7 pounds give or take several ounces, depending on loaded ammunition.
The rifle comes with a straight stock or pistol grip stock depending on your preference. Pistol-grip stocks are extra comfortable and may be safer than the alternative if you are a beginner or are more used to that kind of grip.
Either way, the variety it offers is another solid advantage.
Lever Action and Side Eject
As a lever-action rifle, the Marlin 336 fires and needs to be recharged with a lever located at the bottom of the grip with your shooting fingers. This lever motion is typically quite smooth and easy to operate.
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You’ll also appreciate that it is made with a side ejection system. In a nutshell, it spits outspent brass from the side of the weapon rather than the top.
This eliminates the possibility that superhot brass will ever fall on your hands or hit you in the face. It also stops contaminants from entering the receiver (like debris, microscopic gunpowder, etc.).
The cartridge goes out to the side and can even be easily recovered once it has cooled down if you are a hobbyist reloader and want to save your own brass.
One final big plus side to the Marlin 336 is its average price. Compared to its main rival the Winchester 94, this rifle can be found at $500 or lower compared to the $1000 or so range that the 94 usually occupies.
This makes the Marlin 336 an excellent choice if you want a budget but dependable rifle you can use to hunt small- to medium-sized games or for target shooting.
Why Pick Up a Marlin 336?
We’d recommend considering the Marlin 336 for the same reason that it became popular in the first place—it can put meat in the freezer!
Alright, so that was actually a slogan used by Marlin back in the 50s, but the principle is still true today.
As a versatile and capable lever-action rifle, the Marlin 336 can be used to hunt for your family if supermarkets ever were to truly close down and you needed to scavenge a bit while COVID-19 runs its course.
Additionally, the Marlin 336 is an easy enough rifle to learn to use effectively, making it a solid home defense weapon, particularly if you need to occasionally patrol your property or defend your things from looters.
Watch this video by Brownells, Inc. on how to step-by-step disassemble, clean, lubricate, and reassemble the Marlin 336 Lever Action:
Hopefully, things will get better across the nation soon. But in the event that they don’t, you could do far worse with a Marlin 336 for home defense and general hunting.
Even once COVID-19 wraps up, we’d still recommend picking one of these babies up and giving it a spin; they’re fun, functional, and affordable!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 13, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.