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Old 01-02-2006, 02:02 PM
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when did 36 become 336?


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My dad has an old marlin 36 in 30/30 and I was wondering how old it is. If anyone can tell me when marlin stopped making the 36 and started calling it the 336, that would give me some idea of its age.
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Old 01-03-2006, 01:50 AM
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The 336 was born some time in 1948 with the E serial number prefix. A round bolt was substituted for the 36's square one and the receiver was modified (strengthened). During '48, '49 and into '50, the 36 finger lever was retained on the 336; however, by the spring of 1950 the "solid" finger lever had replaced the lighter M36 lever.

The Model 36 dates from 1937 when it succeeded the Model 1936. The alpha character prefix to the serial number was used on the M36 (A through D) but I'll need to check my references in order to provide more specifics.

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Old 01-03-2006, 09:10 AM
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Thanks for the info MC. I've only shot the gun once but it was a really long time ago. I hear that these guns are very accurate because they weren't mass produced really fast like they are today. Is that true?
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Old 01-03-2006, 11:50 AM
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Like anything else built before CNC there was a lot more manual labor involved in part fitting... some good, some not so good. I'm still looking for a M36 in .32Spl but all the 336A's built circa 1950 that have fallen into my hands have shot as well as typical modern bolt guns after fiddling with their forends and taking a couple inches off their magazine springs.

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Old 01-04-2006, 04:28 PM
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I'm still looking for a M36 in .32Spl .....

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Sort of lookin for this?







It's a 1947 D in 32 win specail. It wears a Lyman #56 sight and shoots like the dickens!
I came across it in a trade, and never looked back. The bore is like the day it was made, and action tight and slik!

Just had to share the pics.
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Old 01-05-2006, 07:16 AM
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Chris,

That's pretty close, but I'm looking for a rifle, not a carbine. BTW, can you provide barrel spec's on your particular gun; i.e., bore and groove diameter and rate of twist?

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Old 01-05-2006, 01:49 PM
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I'll give it a go, but I can tell you she will not chamber Marshall's .323 bullets.
the .319 Hornadays work well.
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Old 01-08-2006, 10:56 AM
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I'm guessing it has a 12" twist.

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Old 01-08-2006, 01:53 PM
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I'm guessing it has a 12" twist.

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MC, My model 36 has a 1 in 16 rate of twist, with a bore dia. of .3213". With an alpha character of (C)

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Lee,

I'm not surprised, but somewhere along the way I think Marlin used surplus "J" bore barrels for their M36s in 32Spl. These post war .32s have 12" twists with sub .320" bores.

BTW, if anyone out there owns a 336 with an "H" serial number I'd like to know if their gun has a two piece trigger/sear mechanism. If so, does the trigger have fore to aft play in it before the hammer is engaged?

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Old 01-10-2006, 01:21 PM
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Lee,

I'm not surprised, but somewhere along the way I think Marlin used surplus "J" bore barrels for their M36s in 32Spl. These post war .32s have 12" twists with sub .320" bores.

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yes indeed, my bore measures out at .31895, and yes, the twist is 1/12
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