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  1. Oct 21, 2019 #1

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    So I stopped in my local gun shop to buy a .22LR pistol and instead I walked out with a Marlin 336W. It is a new production model but my dealer pulled out 3 boxes and we selected the one with the best fit and finish. The 336W is allegedly a reduced price version made for Walmart stores (although this is more rumor than fact), but it is a 336 through and through. It has a plastic butt piece instead of rubber, it has a black nitride or cerakote like finish instead of blue, the wood is not high end, and it doesn't have the gold trigger. Otherwise it's the same gun. The action is smooth and the trigger is reasonable. I have wanted a lever gun for a while and now I have one.

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    My issue is that the sights are awful, IMO. So I am going to swap them out. Anyone have aftermarket sights on a lever gun. I am torn between the XS Sights with a scout rail or the Skinner sights with a receiver rail. Both are pretty close in price. I may also put a red dot on it. Regardless first it needs to be shot and broken in a bit.
     
  2. Oct 21, 2019 #2

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    I had a 3-9 on mine but that was before they thought up red dots. Sweet buy.
     
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    Thanks. I thought about a scope, but decided this would be set up for 25 to maybe 200 yards or so. If I am going to shoot further than that I have a bolt gun and a long range AR-15 dedicated for those ranges.
     
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    That's a good close in gun. It'll shoot a bit past your 200 yards but would not be my first choice. Mine was used to hunt in thick brush so distance was never an issue. I loved that gun.
     
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    30-30 as been the go to gun around here in the mountains for years. 100 yards is a decent shot in most areas around here, often less.

    I bought an older 336 several years ago that IMP was pretty cherry. Broken in, but no real wear anywhere. I'm betting you'll enjoy your's to.
     
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    Love mine, great shooter at 100 yards.
    I put Williams Peep sight on mine ...works great here in KY, where I will never get anything past 100 yards to shoot.

    More deer are killed in KY with 30-30 than any other caliber.

    Jim
     
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    My 30-30 and 45-70 have Bushnell red dots on em, my shots are all less than 100-150 yds.
     
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    Nice buy Sentry, a 30-30 is a good all round Gun, and good for Deer in Brushy Areas. I love mine, I have a Scope but my Daughter prefers open Sights on hers.
     
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    A peep sight like on Jim's gun is probably the way to go. Of course a red dot wouldn't hurt anything either...;)

    It's a nice score. Looking forward to the range report. (Hint, hint...)
     
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    Pretty much always makes a feller feel better when he gets another gun.
     
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    It's amazing how these work.
    Great sight picture, even with old eyes. This is the one I got .

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    Jim
     
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    Those are basically the same one's I have been looking at, only this model also has a rail. They are called the Williams "Ace In The Hole" sights.

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    So now I think I am going to go with a top rail and leave on the OEM sights. There is no real "co-witness" system for a Marlin 336 so if I want to run a red dot sight, the iron sights will only work if I remove the red dot. So I will likely find something with a quick detach base and then just run the optic. The iron sights are good enough to be back up sights if needed.

    On a side note I know want a single action revolver to match my new lever action. I am pretty sure my wife just felt a disturbance in the force. ;)
     
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    Ruger makes a goodun...
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    Don't overlook Uberti, high quality SAA revolvers.
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    Jim
     
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    My 336 has a scope, but I can also still use the iron sights under it.
     
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    So I ordered a top rail and a cartridge holder that mounts to the stock. Trying to decide between a new red dot or if I should just one from my parts shelf. I think I have a Sig Romeo4, a Bushnell TRS-26, and Vortex Sparc II just waiting to be used. I feel like a tube based RDS would work better on a rifle like this. I am also curious about using a micros RDS. Would definitely keep the weight down.
     
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    Last night I decided to follow the same advice I gave LazyL and I purchased a Primary Arms 1x Prism optic. It has an etched reticle so even if the batteries are dead I can sight and shoot the rifle. I also purchase a quick detach low mount for it so get a proper cheek weld and also pull it off in a hurry and go back to iron sights if need be. Now I need to decide on a sling for it.
     
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    I vote for a rattlesnake skin sling. It would go well with the wood and blue steel.
     
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    For a sling on a classic rifle like that, I'd just go with a good ol' piece of thick leather. Simple, strong, and beautiful...
     
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    Congrats on the new rifle!
     
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    Well a brown leather sling could be color matched to the wood but a good snake skin would make the wood pop and add a bit of "venom" to the looks. :) Yes, that is an intentional pun.
     
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    I ended up ordering a 550 paracord wrapped nylon sling. The paracord can be removed and used for another purpose if need be. Plus the price was right. Every leather sling I liked was in the $50+ range while the sling I bought was half that. Plus I might wrap the knuckle side of the lever itself in paracord to match.
     
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    A very practical choice.
     
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    I am kind of kicking myself now. Stopped in at my LGS and what does he have in the rack? A 1959 production Marlin 336 in excellent condition with a nice dark bluing and JM stamped micro-groove barrel for $450. I would have much rather had that gun than my new production 336W, but that's how these things go. The old me would have bought it and had two. But now I will stick with my 336W and buy a big pile of ammo.
     
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    Buy the used one and send it to me...:D
     
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    One of my first rifles was a 336 SC in .35 Remington caliber. I shot a few deer with it but moved on to other guns.
     
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    I always wanted a Marlin 336 when I was younger. I just really like the way they look. Beautiful guns IMHO. I never got one. As I got older, and admitted that I would not be a hunter, I just couldn't come up for a need for the .30-30 caliber that I had wanted so badly in my youth.

    I did eventually end up with two lever guns. One is a Rossi R92 in .45colt. The other is a Henry Frontier in .22LR. The picture below is a little out of date - nowadays, both rifles have tang sights on them. I love the feel of that Rossi 1892 action raising those big, heavy .45colt rounds into the chamber.

    But I still love the lines of those Marlin 336's. Congratulations on getting that!

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    I am already looking at various lever actions in 38/357. Feels like the next step for my gun collection. I like the looks of the Henry but am not sure about using a tube versus a loading gate. Will probably end up with a Marlin again.

    And by the way I told one of my Sgt's about that old Marlin and he went right down and bought it.
     
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    Got my Primary Arms prism optic mount this morning. It's perfect for this rifle as it is a 1x prismatic optic with an etched reticle that shines in the 10-250 yard range, which is of course where the 30-30 is most effective. I added a quick detach low mount so I can keep it just above the bore and remove it if need be to use the iron sights. My 30-30 laser boresighter and ammo should be here in a few days and then I will take it to the range and get it sighted in.


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    How do you like the optic?
     
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