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#766256 - 06/03/08 12:22 PM Marlin lever action in 35 Remington
CZ284
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I have a virtually new Marlin Model 336 in 35 Remington. My dad gave it to me years ago and I'm thinking about trying it out this year. It is not tapped for scope mounts, has the adjustable open sights only.
Does anyone have any practical experience with something like this? I've heard they're a bit better than the 30-30.

My thinking is it might be a neat short range, thicket hunting type of rifle... opinions appreciated.

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#766491 - 06/03/08 02:10 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: CZ284]
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The newer Hornady Leverevolution seems to have a exclusive hotter powder, with better bc compared to the regular ammo. You might want to try some. My microgroove 30/30 likes it. From what I have heard the 35 rem is a great deer killer with around 200 grains of projectile. Shorter range is the norm around here. No worries.
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#766553 - 06/03/08 02:32 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: skynimrod]
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That must be an old one if it's not tapped for scope mounts. They've been doing that for quite some time now but I don't know the exact date of the change. With iron sights it should get the job done just fine for about as far as one can shoot with iron sights. With iron sights you probably don't even need to spend the money for the Hornady fodder with the plastic tips for extended range. Load up some good old cheap 200 grain round noses and drop em. It's been done a lot in the past.

p.s. If you ever decide to part with that rifle and it's in the shape you say let me know.
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#766676 - 06/03/08 03:44 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: Whelen Man]
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WM,
Thanks for the input. I doubt I'll part with it since my dad got it to hunt in the NY Adairondack monuntains, then decided he didn't want to do it any more as he got older so gave it to me, intending to pass it on to one of my boys. Now that my older son is getting a much stronger relationship with my dad as they get to know each other more, I suspect he'll want it. It probably doesn't have two boxes of cartridges fired through it, and two very small scratches on the wood, mainly from being moved from closet to closet. No bluing wear, rust or metal scratches, just not new in box clean.

It may be a fun thing to unt with, will get some cheap 200 gr. loads for the brass, then start reloading after that.

Thanks guys.

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#766822 - 06/03/08 06:06 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: CZ284]
cdw338
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I bought a Marlin 336 in 35 remingon in 1970, paid 83 dollars for
it. Still have the gun. Started loading for it with a lee loader. Have shot a bunch of deer and hogs with it. I used it
mostly when still hunting and a very little stan hunting. Never
had a problem with it. Puts them down and out fast, what else
can you ask for.

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#767461 - 06/04/08 06:46 AM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: ]
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You and the boy will enjoy using the rifle not just because of the caliber but also because of it's history. I've got a 16 gauge shotgun that probably isn't worth $50 but to me it's worth a fortune just because my dad got it as a boy and then I inherited it. Have a good hunt with it and take care of it for another generation. I think any ammo you find at the store at this point and time should do well.
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#767634 - 06/04/08 08:43 AM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: Whelen Man]
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Thanks all for the input. We'll have fun experimenting with it, may not add up to DAs harvest numbers (I took 15 last year, my son only 3), but will see how it works on a few does for sure!
Look for report back in late November.

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#768320 - 06/04/08 03:03 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: CZ284]
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I had one that filled the freezer full manys times over, I sold it. Dumb move on my part. Just by chance I found one that was a basket case and I'm just about done putting it back together,I'll get some before and after pictures up soon I hope. Great gun.
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#768520 - 06/04/08 04:52 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: Tikkabuck]
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Tikkabuck,

Were you shooting open sights? I've never hunted with an open sighted rifle. What were your typical ranges you shot at?
I'm thinking most would be under 100 yards. Anything over that (and we have a lot of places on our lease you can go over 100) would probably leave the Marlin at home and go with the scoped rifle. I hunt a lot out of the same setups I use during archery season during firearms, so a lot of times the shots would be under 50 yards. Open sights should work great there, no?

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#768585 - 06/04/08 05:26 PM Re: Marlin lever action in 35 Remington [Re: CZ284]
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I had my old one sighted in dead on a 100 yards with open sights,I put a ghost ring on it for awhile but I never could get used to them,what I used it for was thickets for deer and close up on hogs. I used 200 gr Remys back then. This one I'm putting back together now will have a scope on it as when I hit the big 50 my eyes went farther south than I did.
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