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Old 02-21-2011, 04:24 PM
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I wonder why their is no topic for Henry like it is for Marlin on this forum. I am trying to decide if a 336 30/30 Marlin or a Henry is the better gun. I do notice on the wifes new 336w that the Action seems very tight. She has to strugle to eject the rounds to unload. Is the Henry that much smoother in the action or what make them cost $650.00 and the Marlin only $400.00 I wonder if the Marlin will ease up with a little use. I also wonder if maybe I should have bought her a Henry if that would be a little easier to use. Has anyone compaired the two to see the difference. I have had two Marlins but never a Henry. We are in the Market for another 30/30 now. I bought the 336w in october for $365.00 at Wall Mart. I was supprised at how cheap they were but maybe now I know why. We love the gun other than being a little tight and the sights that you have to have a punch to adjust. Thoes have got to go. Time for a new adjustable peep sight.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:53 PM
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The local gun shop has had a Henry on the rack for almost a year, I've handled it and see no reason to spend twice the $$$ on it when the Marlin has a good reputation (PRE Remlin/Marlington).
Sound to me like that Marlin you've got isn't even anywhere neer broken in yet!, it can only get better! my 1950 336A cycles like it has a whole cube of butter in the action!
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:19 PM
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Out of the box the Henry will have the better action. Most will prefer the Marlin but I like the new Henry that just came out - it is lighter as Henry's run heavy. I like the Henry Company, family owned and run as opposed to Private Equity Company/Remington/Marlin. Check out the new "light weight" Henry 30-30 - you might like it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:57 AM
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one of the simplest ways to make the marlin cycle easier is to put a reduced power hammer spring in in or simply shorten the one in it. cocking the hammer adds the majority of the resistance when cycling the action.
also you can dissasemble the gun and look for any wear patterns and sand them with 400 grit or finer sandpaper. it doesn't take much to slick a marlin up, just get ya some good sandpaper from an auto parts store and spend a little time knocking the high spots off... you don't have to or want to remove all tool marks and polish all the interior surfaces to a smooth surface, just remove any burrs and smooth any spots that show galling or metal distortion.
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