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Marlin 336 44 magnum

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by branchbuster, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I went to the Albany gun show Saturday and bought a Marlin 336 44 mag. It looks pretty good for being 48 years old. This is only the second one of these I have seen. So I took it to the range today and ran about 50 rounds through it. It did really well. I am happy with this buy.
     
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  2. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thats a nice gun i am looking at one myself to add to the lever collection. ;-)
     
  3. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    This is only the second one I have seen. I really like the Marlin lever actions. I think this is the fifth one I have owned. I hope to get a 357 some day.
     
  4. euge

    euge Snohomish Member

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    the 44 magnum model, or the one that also shoots 44 special? I believe the 44 magnum only model was only made for one year. If I remember correctly 1968. I passed on one a couple months ago for $575.

    Hopefully I will find one that shoots both magnum and special. I read that they discontinued the magnum only model do to feeding issues.
     
  5. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I didn't try any 44 specials. For lite loads I use "Trailboss" powder and 180gr lead bullets. Very clean and consistent. Also easy to id. I plan to add a williams peep sight to this one.
     
  6. euge

    euge Snohomish Member

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    Hmmmm, is it marked 44 magnum AND 44 special ? Or is it marked just 44 Magnum? the one marked only 44 Magnum will not shoot specials! Do you know of the year? you might want to do some research, as the 44 mag model was only produced for the one year. The multi caliber has/was made multiple years
     
  7. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    It is marked "336-44 magnum". I think it is 1964. It has a 5 digit serial number, z 20xx. This is the shortest serial number I have seen on a gun.
     
  8. euge

    euge Snohomish Member

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    a Texan? and from the era of 1965-68, with a total 13,895 produced in .44 Magnum. The rollstamp is likely 336 RC and not 336 T. Most enthusiasts consider any straight stocked Marlin a "Texan". The earlier production of the 336 Magnum model did not have a saddle ring, and was similar to the Marauder, but with a 20" barrel and full length mag tube. There was 2,755 produced in this model (some books state 1963-64, but all serial numbers are prefixed Y or Z, for 1964).
    just cut and pasting some info out there.
     
  9. euge

    euge Snohomish Member

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    more I copied and pasted: either way no 44 special in your gun

    .44 Magnum chambering. Manufactured from 1963 to 1967.

    1963 through 1964, it's the 336-44 Magnum. This rifle doesn't have the square loop lever, it is rounded, and no saddle ring. Serial numbers would start with a W, Y, or Z.

    1965 through 1967, it's the 336T. Square lever and saddle ring. Serial number would start with AA, AB, AC.
     
  10. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    Yes it is the rounded lever, my 1894 has the squared lever. No other marks with the model number, 20" barrel and no saddle ring. It is interesting how they dealt with the shorter cartridge, there is a piece that keeps the shell toward the front of the action. Very slick!
     
  11. 2gr8dgs

    2gr8dgs oregon Active Member

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    Branchbuster,how 'bout a pic or 2?
     
  12. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I got a new camera for Christmas, I hope to get some pics up soon.
     
  13. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    how,and I guess why,would a magnum chambered gun not be able to use Special ammo ?
     
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  14. euge

    euge Snohomish Member

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    I am guessing, feeding issues. I read it in a blue book of guns when I was considering buying this same model.
     
  15. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I made up some "dummy" 44 specials and they seemed to feed fine. I wouldn't shoot any just because of the problems it could cause in the chamber.
     
  16. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    +1 that's what Trailboss is for. Will work with jacketed but it likes cast bullets best.
     
  17. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I really like trailboss for light loads. Just leave enough room for the bullet. I have used it on lead and jacketed bullets. Great stuff.
     
  18. branchbuster

    branchbuster Albany Active Member

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    I got a picture finally. This shows the new peep sight.

    image.jpg
     
  19. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That is a beaut ;)
     
  20. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Huh! :eek:

    I didn't know they made the 336 in .44 Mag!

    I thought all their .44 Mags were their model 1894 which I didn't care for due to the action.