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Old 11-08-2003, 02:32 PM
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I know this may sound a bit dorkey; but how the heck do you clean a Marlin 30-30???
I just bought one today from a pawn shop and *rolling eyes* fired it at the range. (yes; before cleaning it. stupid, I know.)
I can't seem to pull it apart to clean the inside of the gun. Please don't tell me I have to use a **** screw driver to take this thing apart to clean it!
I can only clean the barrell and I can't clean the rest of it.
Anyone who can hold back your insides from exploding while laughing to answear this would be most appreciated.

Please email me at [email protected]

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Old 11-08-2003, 03:22 PM
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A Marlin 336 or similar lever gun is relatively easy to strip to clean.

1) Be sure the rifle is empty. Cock the hammer.

2) Open the action about 1/2 way.

3) Remove the big screw at the front of the lever, gently pull lever down and out of the action.

4) Grasp the protruding rear of bolt and pull out of action.

5) Look inside of the action -the ejector will be loose on the inside of the action, on the left side. Note the slot the ejector and leaf spring nestle in. Remove it (normally will fall out the bottom of action if shaken lightly. Put it somewhere to be found again for reassembly.
5) You now have a straight shot to the chamber and bore from the rear of receiver.

6) Re-assemble in reverse of disassembly. Be careful to get the ejector back in it's slot in the receiver wall before putting the bolt back in.
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Old 11-09-2003, 07:50 PM
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KDUB gave you some excellent advice, but let me tell you how I do it. I take the wood off, open the action, then submerge it in a good cleaning solvent. Just swish it around. You'll find that most "dirt" in the action is held by lubrication like oil or light grease. Break those down and the dirt rinses right out. You'll se that it leaves the action very clean, and it's easy and quick to do. Then replace the wood and give it the recommended oiling.

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I know this may sound a bit dorkey; but how the heck do you clean a Marlin 30-30???
I just bought one today from a pawn shop and *rolling eyes* fired it at the range. (yes; before cleaning it. stupid, I know.)
I can't seem to pull it apart to clean the inside of the gun. Please don't tell me I have to use a **** screw driver to take this thing apart to clean it!
I can only clean the barrell and I can't clean the rest of it.
Anyone who can hold back your insides from exploding while laughing to answear this would be most appreciated.

Please email me at [email protected]

Thanks
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Old 08-01-2009, 01:09 AM
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Get a can of Birchwood Casey Gun Scrubber or similar and spray the guts down, letting it drain away from the wood. Then relube sparingly so junk doesn't build up as fast. A needle type applicator works well to get lube only on the pivot points or sliding surfaces.
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Here you go friend. A good brush, CLP, and some patches...Your in business.

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Old 08-02-2009, 07:30 AM
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Those above say everything there is to say about it, just remember when reassembling to go slow especially when inserting the bolt back, make sure you lock the lever into it before pushing the bolt all the way forward and spend the better part of an hour trying to take it back out again. Don't ask how I know this.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:51 PM
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I know this may sound a bit dorkey; but how the heck do you clean a Marlin 30-30???
I just bought one today from a pawn shop and *rolling eyes* fired it at the range. (yes; before cleaning it. stupid, I know.)
I can't seem to pull it apart to clean the inside of the gun. Please don't tell me I have to use a **** screw driver to take this thing apart to clean it!
I can only clean the barrell and I can't clean the rest of it.
Anyone who can hold back your insides from exploding while laughing to answear this would be most appreciated.

Please email me at [email protected]

Thanks
I assume that you're talking about cleaning the barrel/chamber and not a complete stripdown cleaning.

kdub has it correct. Clean your barrel and chamber from the breach end. Brownell's has a good bore guide for Marlins (Burt's bore guide....it's inexpensive) that seats in the receiver and provides a good bore-centering cleaning rod guide.

If you're asking about cleaning the recever, then you need to strip the rifle and clean the components (not just swish the assembled action in solvent).

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