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1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:17 pm
by Adam Lee
Guys - happy birthday to me!

On my day-off venture to my local gun shop, I managed to walk out the door with a "needs TLC" 1950 G-dated 336 A Marlin, in .35 Remington.
Surface rust, mild to me for the work it will take to clean up, and it is not D&T'd for a scope!

Wood is original and nice, only other prob is a cracked plastic buttplate. And - the wood serial numbers match the gun!

$160!!
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Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:00 pm
by Bandersnatch
:shock:
Hully shite! That's the sort of deal I'm always looking for!

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:42 pm
by Adam Lee
Thanks -

this is a 24" barreled .35 Rem, with "waffle top" receiver and nothing else.

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:12 pm
by Sarge756
Not turning this into a Marlin Forum but want to send congrads to Adam on acquiring a fine rifle in a great caliber at a fantastic price. Truth be known we probably have the 336 and it being chambered in 35Rem to thank for the availability of factory ammo to feed our 8`s and 81`s. These two were not purchased. Both of them were given to me many years ago. The 336A with 24 inch barrel came from my best friend that as he put it "needs to be used not sit in my closet".It is a 30-30. The second one is a 336 SC in 35 Rem and the friend that gave it to me had about the same reasoning. I have done my best to "use' them and not have them sit idle in my safe. They are both very accurate and I have taken many animals with them through the years. The SC carbine is my favorite both because it is a 35 and the short barrel makes it handy to carry. Have no idea how many hogs and deer this one has accounted for. Of course with the eyes going south I had to scope both of them in order to keep shooting. Both of them are scoped with Bausch&Lomb Balvar 1.5x6 scopes. They fit the size of the rifles and offer low power for when walking in or out of the stand and plenty of magnification for distant shots. These were some of the last scopes offered by B&L and were made in Japan. Should you ever get a chance to acquire one don`t hesitate as they are quality bullet proof scopes. Wish they still made them.
Again Adam, you did well young man.
Joe

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:55 am
by Adam Lee
Joe,

thanks so much for your thoughtful reply! I never thought I would find a "vintage" 336 in any caliber for what I paid - considering where I live. Everything is always massively overpriced most often at the gun shops in Northern Virginia - least, when I happen to visit!

Plus, this is indeed a rifle I had been hoping to locate in order to continue to have fun with the .35 Rem caliber. In fact, I still have held on to some of those reloads you sold me several years back, Joe!

I have been getting more into the .38/.357 reloading, with a basic Lee Loader hand kit. It has been fun making up ammo for my '74 Security Six .357 and my new Rossi 85 snubbie. I also shoot .357 in my Rossi 92 carbine.

While I have collected Lee Loaders for the .30 Rem/.32 Rem/.35 Rem, I have not quite yet bought a .300 Sav kit which would round things out.

I will look forward to getting back here more often, once I get my .35 Rem Model 8 up and running again.

Adam

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:49 am
by Adam Lee
@Sarge -

Joe, do you know whether or not my 1950 G-dated 336A could have come fitted with a sight hood?
The front sight is slotted for a hood, but did not come with one. I was wondering if it would be "correct" to have one, especially since this waffle-top is not and will not be drilled & tapped for a scope.

Also, wonder if you or anyone else reading this may have recommendations for vintage peep or other sights (Marbles, Lyman, etc.) that were popular for the 336 back in the day. Those two side screws are just asking for a bolt-on peep sight!

Thanks
Adam

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:05 am
by Sarge756
With the "bargain basement"price you paid for it you certainly have room for some accoutrements. Popularity of the 336 means that your search won`t be long. Williams and Lyman currently produce the receiver (peep) sight for it . Listings on Fleabay for both, with the Williams the cheaper option. Notice that I said "cheaper" not less expensive. For vintage( used) Lyman,Redfield etc. you may have to pay more than a new one. Do some looking cause with current new production there is no rush.If the front sight has slots it more than likely had a hood at one time. Midwest Gun Works has them as well as others.
You mentioned surface rust and plans to clean it up. We may have addressed this problem before but I will again give you my recommendation. If you havn`t, go to the below website for Big45 and be assured that it delivers as promised. Order some, either there or Fleabay and never worry about surface rust or a dirty bore again.

http://www.big45metalcleaner.com/

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:11 am
by Adam Lee
Thanks for the tip on Big 45 - I actually did clean this up pretty easily with my own cocktail of stuff. Turned out pretty cool!

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Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:43 am
by Bandersnatch
She did clean up nice. :)

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:43 am
by Sarge756
Yes, a good job of clean-up. Not that you don`t already know you got a heck of a deal on this one I`ve included a link to one that sold recently that was a 30-30. It ,unlike yours, had been drilled for a scope mount and had a recoil pad installed with both being detractors. My interest in it was that it was an ADL or at least the wood was. Seller advised only marked "A" which leads me to believe that was the case. Regardless I prevailed upon him to make a rubbing of the checkering pattern and send it to me. That project will have to wait until I`m caught up with some others . The after cleanup photos of yours show some nice wood especially the forearm.
Joe

https://www.24hourcampfire.com/ubbthrea ... st12713045

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:15 pm
by Adam Lee
Sarge756 wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:43 am
It ,unlike yours, had been drilled for a scope mount and had a recoil pad installed with both being detractors. My interest in it was that it was an ADL or at least the wood was. Seller advised only marked "A" which leads me to believe that was the case. Regardless I prevailed upon him to make a rubbing of the checkering pattern and send it to me. That project will have to wait until I'm caught up with some others .
So Joe, did you buy this .30-30 or did you just get the rubbing of the wood to evaluate?

I don't know much about Marlins, but the one you linked looks nice. For the price though, the D&T and the extra holes are not what I'd put up with.

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 3:48 am
by Sarge756
Someone else bought it. Just confirming to you that your purchase was a very good buy. Will do the checkering job on mine when caught up.

Re: 1950 Marlin 336A half-tube .35 Rem

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:40 am
by Adam Lee
First shooting report with my new/old 1950 336 Marlin, after tossing 200-grain pills downrange!

She shoots GREAT. The bore is amazingly new-looking.

She broke her ejector spring - or maybe it was "almost broken" and it went ahead and snapped. No matter! She knows how to fire single-shot style. Consider it another little thing to cure. But even with a non-levering, non-ejecting lever action, it was a fun shoot! I was using .35 Rem 200 grain JSP reloads from Joe (Sarge), and some factory Federal .35 Rem too.

I also had a chance to plug away with my new .38 special Badman Bullet reloads I made up, they worked great in the Ruger Security Six but would only cycle single-shot in the Rossi 92 carbine. Yep, mine loves .357 Magnum cases all day long, and just laughs at me when I even say the words ".38 Special" nearby.

That's OK, since I had a couple boxes of Sellier & Bellot .357 JSP and Fiocchi FMJ/RN which my Rossi loves to shoot.
I just gotta remember to make up a batch of .357 cases with the 158 grain Badman Bullets and quit messing around with the .38!

OK that's it. I got to take the bug-out vehicle to where I shoot, kinda showed it off to the gun crowd at the WMA. Fun times!


Adam