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Old 12-06-2004, 06:58 PM
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I have recently come across a marlin 336 -32 special at what i think is a very good price( $160.00)and it seems to be in excellent conditon but i don't know alot about level actions. Can anyone give me a quick run down on these rifles?
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Old 12-06-2004, 07:49 PM
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The Marlins are light and handy compared to the average bolt action. They are much easier to put a scope on than Winchesters. Cleaning them from the breech is easy, very difficult on a Winchester. The .32 Special is loosing popularity, but I don't think ammo is too hard to find yet and it kills deer just as good as a .30-30. The occasional one has a feeding problem. Load 2 shells in the magazine and cycle it slowly. If the carrier isn't coming up fast enough, it will feed two instead of one and jam. If that happens, remove the plug out of the front of the magazine (one screw), shake out the shells and put it back on the rack.

Lots of Marlin shooters here. Look back at the old posts for more information.

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Old 12-06-2004, 07:52 PM
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It was offered in the:
336A, DL, & SC from '48 through '60.
336C from '48 through '63.
336SD from '56 through '60.

The serial number prefixes start with E for '48 and advance through W for '63.

I would be very interested in the rifle if you are not and woudl appreciate the shops name or number via email.
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Old 12-07-2004, 05:28 AM
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I'm right behind you, RD. I'd like to add one to my Marlin collection.
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Old 12-08-2004, 11:10 AM
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That same rifle would cost me $300 here in Montana. I would have hurt my arm and shoulder pulling my wallet out so fast, at that price.

Mic McPherson has a great article on the .32 Special. Cuts through alot of the theories and hokum surrounding the cartridge. Sure kept the fire burning I've had for a .32 Special.

I can't put my hands on it right now, but will look through my files later for you.

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Old 12-08-2004, 11:25 AM
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I really appreciate all of your info on the 32 special. After hearing from a couple of you I am definitely going to get it.
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Old 12-09-2004, 01:46 PM
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I paid $225 for mine, a 336A (1949) with good finish and very accurate. One of my favorites, can't write home on the bullet availability, I have hornadys and speers at 170 gns which are the same length as a 150gn 30-30. The .32 is .321 bullet dia and a 8mm is .323 slug your bbl and determine if you can use 8mm which there are a few more weights for. Of yet I find no need for anything other than the 170s I also use cast made for the 32-40 same dia. .321
Thus far 748WW seems to be the best powder tested. I have never regretted my purchase and yours is a better deal yet go for it.
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Old 12-21-2004, 10:32 AM
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My favorite 32 Spl. story...

I was about 6 or 7 years old and my father always took me out to hunt with him a couple times per season.

We were sitting in our lean-to for about 3 hours and this pretty good size whitetail buck appears. The buck was about 75 yards away, just slightly into a swamp and protected just enough to make a shot risky. Well, we waited and waited and watched. By this time we knew the buck was a nice 7 point and probably weighed in around 175 lbs. Anyway, something in the swamp spooked the buck and it came on a dead sprint right for us. It got 10 yards away and stopped upright, still not noticing we were there. My father raised the ole 32 and BOOM! Took what was a sure shot. Well, the deer took off and there was no trail. He missed! 10 yard shot!

We got back to camp that night and what do you know? The ole 32 was loaded with 150 gr 30-30 ammunition! Fun times and a fond memory, even with the 10 yard miss. To this day, we still chuckle about the incident every hunting season. A few years later, he sold the 32 to his brother for $100. Wish we still had it...He eventually got rid of it because he has 2 30-30s and a 35 Rem.
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