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PostSubject: Marlin Lever Guns   Sun 21 Dec - 8:15

When I am not using one of my CVA's, I generally use a Marlin lever when hunting.

I tend to enjoy a lever, and Marlins with the curved lever grip fit me well. I have always enjoyed the ol' win 94, with the straight grip just has never felt true to me...guess my arms are to long.

For those guys out there with a Marlin for general rifle season, be it a 30-30, 308M, 35 Rem, 444, 450, 45-70, or one of the other choices, I recommend the following changes to help the rifle out a bit.

1) Replace the trigger with a Wild West Trigger (they come both in blue and stainless). This process is quick, easy, and improves the trigger. The unit has a little more meat and curvature for your finger and eliminates the Marlin trigger flop while reducing the pull to 2-3# and crisp. You would be amazed how this can improve your groups. This is easy to do and takes about 15 minutes.

2) USe Talley scope mounts. They make a mono mount that combines both the ring and the base. They come in 2 sizes, low and medium. Get the medium. It can fit up to about 32 mm just fine. These are rock solid and have never shifted on me.

Note: I have converted about 10 Marlins to these for myself and friends...they all love the changes.

3) If you use a 30-30, think hard about reloads. A few years ago, I picked up Rem Green box, Win silver box, and Federal Fusions to play with. The crono numbers came out way lower than advertised (especially on the Rems). The grouping was fair for these rounds. I then developed a very nice (and pretty hot) handload of 39 gr Win 748 with 150 gr Hornady SP, Win LR primers and Rem brass. I have shot this load out of 4 different 30-30's and it has been their best grouping to date. This round was then stacked up against the new red flex tip Hornady stuff...it grouped better at 100 yards in the 2 rifles I tried it in. Please note...this load it hotter than listed in the handbooks (about 0.1-0.3 gr than in the Hornady Guide)...treat it accordingly.

Now, for myself, my favorite is a 356 winchester Marlin that I put together. I took a 30-30 XLR, replaced the barrel with a heavy (slight taper) 356 barrel at 22", put on a full lenth magazine tube, and matted the stainless across the board. This is one sweet, stout, machine. Couple that with some 220 gr Speer FP handloads at over 2300 fps and you can smack down about anything in the old USA.

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CVA Stag Horn 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 225 gr Powerbelt, 2 - 50 gr 777
CVA Optima 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Sun 21 Dec - 12:57

i have a 30-30 marlin and with reloads it easily prints 1/8" groups @ 100 yards. Its easily the most accurate centerfire i have. The only centerfire i have actually lol. I havent shot an animal with it yet. It was my first rifle my dad bought me when i was 11-12 years old.
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Tue 6 Oct - 18:18

I love my Marlin.
I want one of the new stainless 308's or 45/70 0r 338

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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Sat 10 Oct - 8:36

The 308 is pretty sweet. The 45-70 is excellent, but I prefer the 444, the 338 offer the best of both of them.

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Traditions 32 Caliber Crockett Squirrel Rifle - 70 gr Buffalo Ballette, 40 gr FFFG 777
CVA Stag Horn 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 225 gr Powerbelt, 2 - 50 gr 777
CVA Optima 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Mon 26 Oct - 11:50

Good info VAKnight on the marlins///wish my 336 did not get stolen..
I did like it as much as my 94win that my dad gave me..
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Tue 26 Jan - 11:23

I have a Marlin 336c chambered 30-30 with a 3-9x40 scope. I received it as a trade for a slug gun I had won in a raffle.



Just recently tried reloading my own, haven't shot the reloads yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Tue 26 Jan - 12:26

I owned one myself. Great deer cartridge. Hard to beat that micro-groove Marlin puts in their barrels. I've had reloads bullet holes touch with my 30-30 Marlin.
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Wed 27 Jan - 6:54

@Marty wrote:
I owned one myself. Great deer cartridge. Hard to beat that micro-groove Marlin puts in their barrels. I've had reloads bullet holes touch with my 30-30 Marlin.

Ya, I really like it a lot and thought I got the better part of the deal.
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Thu 11 Feb - 14:19

New use for a 450 Marlin!




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Traditions 32 Caliber Crockett Squirrel Rifle - 70 gr Buffalo Ballette, 40 gr FFFG 777
CVA Stag Horn 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 225 gr Powerbelt, 2 - 50 gr 777
CVA Optima 45 Caliber - Bushnell 1.75x - 4.5x Scope, 275 gr Powerbelt, 3 - 50 gr 777
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Thu 11 Feb - 17:21

I picked up a 336c, 35 Rem at a rummage sale years back for $75.00 bucks came with a gun case and 3 boxes of shells. What a deal. cheers cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Fri 12 Feb - 6:25

@sqezer wrote:
I picked up a 336c, 35 Rem at a rummage sale years back for $75.00 bucks came with a gun case and 3 boxes of shells. What a deal. cheers cheers

Shocked Yup, that is a deal, congrats.
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PostSubject: Re: Marlin Lever Guns   Mon 17 May - 18:35

Hello from Germany!

I have also a Marlin 336 in .30-30. I use it sometimes for hunting shooting the Hornady Leverevolution, outstanding!

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