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Old 07-29-2016, 05:55 PM
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I'm sure this has been answered many times previously. I've been researching the marlin 336 and am confident I want to buy this rifle but do not know which caliber I would want it in. I'm leaning towards the .35 Remington but most people choose the 30-30. Can someone help me?
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I'm thinking this will be moved to the Marlin threads.

Go with 30-30. Not exotic or romantic or different but quite capable and plentiful and inexpensive.
Get a 35 Rem and then go down to your local ammo store and try to locate a box. My local Cabelas doesn't have any on the shelf and Billary hasn't even gotten elected yet.
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Marlin 336 which caliber?

I'm sure this has been answered many times previously. I've been researching the marlin 336 and am confident I want to buy this rifle but do not know which caliber I would want it in. I'm leaning towards the .35 Remington but most people choose the 30-30. Can someone help me?
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If you want to shoot your rifle and don't reload, the 30/30 is definitely the way to go right now. In fact, even finding the brass to load 35 Remington is pretty tough at the moment. It's one of those cartridges for which factory support seems to be ending.
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Old 07-29-2016, 06:51 PM
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Buy the 35 rem. It is a better killer on deer and larger critters. It was highly thought of back when MEN still roamed the woods in search of Elk and moose.

Ammo isn't an issue if you don't wait till the week before hunting season to buy it. AND I do recall 30-30 ammo being impossible to find a few years ago too. Moral of the story, plan ahead.

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Why it is very easy Jakester. You have to get one of each

Bought my .35 Rem first, though

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I've hunted quite a lot with both cartridges. They kill deer the same but I feel that the 35 is a better choice for larger animals than deer. It's true that 35 ammo is spendy and sometimes very difficult to find. In contrast, 30-30 ammo has always been widely available at affordable pricing.

The 30-30 has always been a reliable cartridge for killing game. This is because the bullet's jacket thickness is designed for rapid expansion at moderate velocities. It kills far better than paper charts would suggest. The largest animal I've taken with my 30-30 was a red stag which weighed approx 350 lbs. He never knew what hit him.

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Buy the 30-30 and use 150gr Winchester Powermax. The Powermax is truely a magic bullet.

The 35 doesn't smack as hard even comparing the 200gr Hornady Leverevolution.
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I started deer hunting with a 30-30, gave t up because of lost shot deer and now use a 444. Don't lose them anymore. If it were me I'd go for the 35. Puts a bigger hole and penetrates more.
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For the small ballistic difference the cheaper and plentiful availability of 30 30 ammo and Marlin's makes it an easy choice( for the first one you buy) .
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Both are excelent (for whitetail)

For larger/tougher game I'd have to go with the 35, especially if you handload ,( & in these times I really can't see why anyone wouldn't), +1 again to the 35.
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Anyone who can't find ammo or components for the 35 Remington right now simply isn't looking.
Ammo is indeed on the shelf at Cabela's, Remington and Hornady both, components have been on the shelves at Sportmans Warehouse for some time now, I've left it there because I have enough to feed my rifle for the rest of my life.
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Get the one you want...

I've killed a lot of deer with mine in 30-30, but after seeing your post I want one in 35rem! Medium bores are awesome.
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If you are starting out I'd probably ssy 30-30, just ' cause everyone should have one!
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Buy the 30-30 and use 150gr Winchester Powermax. The Powermax is truely a magic bullet.

The 35 doesn't smack as hard even comparing the 200gr Hornady Leverevolution.
Says WHO???

I suppose you think a 30/06 is "more gooder" than a 35 Whelen as well? How many 35Rs do you have & how many critters have you taken with it?

I've owned both (30-30 & 35R) for several decades, while "on paper" the cartridges appear similar, the "similarities ain't so similar" out in the woods on critters!!!

& with "full boat" loads like the 220grn Speer from Buffalo Bore in the 35R, the difference is even more considerable. With this load the ol 35R is starting to peek in the windows of the 358W neighbors!
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Like Mis.Hntr. Said, get the one you want, you can't go wrong, Jake I guess I missed the part on what you are planning to use the 336 for, hunting or?
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I would think about what and where you are going to hunt. If you are hunting normal sized deer at less than 150 yards, the .30-30 is hard to beat. If you are hunting larger sized deer or in heavy cover where losing an animal is possible, then the .35 might be better. Whatever you choose, practice is the key to success. There is no magic bullet that makes up for poor shot placement. While .35 might be available, .30-30 is universally available. I agree that you should always plan ahead, but being able to walk into a hardware store or a small sporting goods store and get ammo is always a plus and .30-30 is usually cheaper which equates to more practice...

Whichever you choose, they are both winners so you can't go wrong.
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...If you are hunting larger sized deer or in heavy cover where losing an animal is possible, then the .35 might be better...
EXACTLY my situation! & besides "tropical jungle like brush", my place has a lot of water on it as well. I need them to bleed a lot & quickly as well as put down asap. The 35 has that allover the great "ol turty turty"!
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I will never EVER give up my .35 Remington. But I reload, and I have enough ammo and brass for my lifetime and my grandson's. So as much as it pains me to say it, buy the .30-30, since the .35 brass IS getting harder to find, as is the ammo. Unless one of the boutique brass companies like Captech decides to pick up the slack, there will be no .35 Remington in another ten or fifteen years.

And the .30-30 is marginally better as a cast bullet cartridge, if you ever decide to go that way.
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Old 08-03-2016, 12:49 PM
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This is a false dilemma. Why stick yourself in the 1920's when there are so many
more enhanced calibers in lever action rifles although they may not necessarily be a mod
336. Unless you are squeamish and frail..... You can likely handle a slight upgrade
in cartridge muscle. This extra "punch" is what compensates for yours and natures
shortcommings somewhat. Why not buy the insurance afforded by modern technology
in firearms? If you want to get primitive then use a spear.
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