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Old 01-07-2017, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by GeronPG View Post
Ok, I might be stepping in it but here goes: Really? "Any" bullet? Yes, you can give any bullet a flat nose with a grinder; you can also make any rifle or shotgun barrel shorter with a hacksaw. And maybe, sometimes, in certain circumstances, it might be a good idea. But why would you need to or want to? You'll certainly change the BC, probably negatively effect its accuracy, and its performance on game could and probably would be erratic, if it weren't constructed as a hunting bullet to start with. Why not buy (or cast) the right kind of bullet for the job at hand? Maybe I'm too serious about this, but to me, that's a huge part of being a responsible hunter.
" But why would you need to or want to? "

Ah--- glad you asked. I dont think it has much to do with responsibility... In my earliest
deer/hog hunting days as a teenager when I didnt have two nickels to rub together it was
all I could do to take the tips off FMJ 8mm mil surp ammo
that had lead core and by exposing the lead core in that manner those bullets expanded
quite well. I can tell you a lot of subsistence hunting is done even today with mil surp ammo....

As a matter of fact, a boat tail mil-surp fmj bullet shot backwards will put the biggest
whomp on a hog inside of 50 yards you could ever imagine.... similar to shotgun slugs.
I dont recommend for benchrest competition but at short range with iron sights it might
be better than any commercial hunting bullet on the market.
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Old 01-09-2017, 04:32 AM
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better answer than I expected..

OK Preventek 47,
didn't mean to sound "high and mighty". good answer, under limited circumstances
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Old 02-19-2017, 04:55 PM
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Get into reloading and then it will not matter what you like to get or just get both because you will have the ammo for anyone of them.That is the thing with reloading you do not need to count on the stores for ammo.If you choose your reloading right you will always find what you need to reload with also.
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Old 02-19-2017, 05:23 PM
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I guess the availability of a 336 Marlin in 444 is no longer available. I love mine; if you wnt a cartridge that is definately a door stopper you can't beat the 444. Years ago I took a heavy buck in timber at less than 10 yards; it knocked the animal off of its feet, it was dead before it hit the ground.

The 444 is hard to beat when it comes to knockdown power.
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:06 PM
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Never owned at 30-30. But picked up a 336 35 Rem in a trade (planned to use it hogs). I normally hunt deer with 270 or 7mm mag but started carrying the 35 on wooded hunts. It is hard to beat. I shot at 8 deer, dropped 8 deer, with none taking more than 5 steps. 4 were close, 40 to 50 yards. Others were longer but not more than 110 yards. The caliber has impressed me.

If I expect longer shooting (150+), I will still use 270 or 7 mag, but would not give up the 35 for the woods.

I guess I could get a 30-30 to compare, but why?
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:09 AM
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My Dad's Marlin

I inherited my Dad's 1984 "Mountain Man" Marlin 336 when he passed away. My uncle gave it to him on his death bed. My dad had a .22 scope on it, so I took that off and put a better scope on it. Great gun for hunting Michigan white tails. I mainly keep it for sentimental reasons as I have a Ruger .44 carbine I hunt with now. I take it to the range now and then just to keep it from losing its zero.
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Old 04-28-2017, 06:27 AM
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Well I've wanted a Model 71 Winchester a long time and still do but to be honest if I could stock my gun cabinet to perfection according to these Appalachian mountains where I hunt it would be like so. Model 336 with 20" barrel in 35 Rem; the older model 336 in 32 Spec with 24" barrel, and a Model 64 Deluxe Win in 30-30. But I'd take any in 30-30 first and foremost! 30-30 is perfect for around here.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:16 PM
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My personal favorite is the 336 C in .35 Remington. Accurate, fun to shoot and seems to do a pretty good job on medium to large American game at under 200 yards.
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Old 05-23-2017, 05:32 PM
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I like the '94 pattern. However, recently got a Marlin 336 and Winchehester '92 in 30-30.

Just like I need another cartirge to feed. Very happy with the new to me lever actions. I guess the more the better.

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