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:p Hello to everyone I need everyones in put please.
I got lucky and found at a local pawn gun shop, a NIB 35 rem 336sc.

After reading all your post on long and short chambeers it has me worried.

I would be ever so gratefull I everyone would post their info on this particular year of make.

This has the ballard rifling and no checkering.
The walnut should be called "Ebony" it's so dark, perfect shape.

I would like to hear from all but mostly those with exp with guns of this vintage.

First shot at 50 yrds (laser ranger) hit bulseye, next two about 1/4 high but touching.

Cleaned up with less than 13 patches with solvent and oil.

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Hi, Hornet:
Congratulations! Sounds like you've go a winner. I can't remember anyone posting about long and short chambers, but some have a short throat, including my 1964 model. If factory ammo chambers easily, you're OK with any jacketed bullet designed for the .35 Remington. Some cast bullets, including Beartooth's 200 grain FN, are too large ahead of the cannelure to chamber in a short throat. The easiest way to check is to seat a Remington 200 grain Core-Lokt 1 tenth inch long and try to chamber it. You've got a short throat if there's any resistance.

If you're planning on handloading, avoid the Hornady 200 grain round nose. Several of us have found it's too tough to expand at anything past point blank range.

BTW, I've had this peculiar .22 Hornet in my cartridge collection for years. It's got no headstamp and a very small primer. After measuring it up carefully a little while back, I realized it actually was a .22 WCF. The shoulder is set back a bit more than the Hornet's.


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Your going to like it a lot.I have had a 1950's vintage Marlin 336 for many years. It has the ballard rifling and shoots cast bullets like a dream. I have not had any abnormal trouble with its throat length. Mine likes the RCBS 210gr. gas check and H335 powder or I had Veral Smith make me a 235gr. WLFN mould for it that penetrates like no tommorrow, it will go thru a bull Elks shoulders and keep on going. If you would like to try some send me your address and I will send you some to try.

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Interesting note about the Hornady bullet, Jack. I used to have a 35 Rem. 336 and loaded that bullet because it was the only one available where I lived. I never shot any game with it but I did once shoot one completely through an old auto engine that someone had dumped in the woods. I guess that is one tough bullet! ID

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You are one lucky fellow.

I recently picked up a slightly used 336 in 35 Rem. for $175. Serial numbers indicate it was produced in 1965 and it appears to have the Micro-groove rifling. I must say that I have little experience with this caliber. While I haven't gotten the accuracy that you have I am still pleased with it so far.

Not only is it my first 35 Rem. but it is also my first Marlin lever action. I have always been a confirmed Winchester user but while I still think the Winchester handles and looks better, the Marlin is begining to grow on me. I have not started reloading for it (yet) but was glad find out that the 200 gr Hornady is not acceptable for deer use (Thanks Jack). So far the Remington corelocks have been all that I have fed it.

I think the Speer 180 gr. bullets will be my choice for my first reloads with it. If anyone has any pet loads for the Speer 180 gr. I would love to hear them.

I hope you continue to have such luck. NIB of all things!

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