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Old December 19th, 2016, 07:15 PM   #1
 
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Early model Marlin 336 A

Hi guys my first deer rifle was a Marlin 36A some how my son inherited from my Dad before I had much input to say well I would really like to have it. So over the years especially now I have a yearning for lever action rifles. I found a very nice Marlin 336 A has a 24 inch barrel with the half length magazine tube. I am not sure just how early I know that they came out in 1948-49 roughly. This rifle does have a round bolt & cross marked machining finish on the top of the receiver but it is not drilled and tapped for a scope. The wood is extremely clean the blueing I would say 80% or better. I guess I would need the serial # to see just how old this rifle is. My current Marlin 336 RC regular carbine, no cross bolt safety has a 20 inch barrel the bluing is about equal the finish on the stock is original very good shape but not shiny. JM stamped I think mine was made in the 1960's erra but the top of the receiver is drilled and tapped for a scope. So I do not know when Marlin started to drill and tap the receiver for scope mounts. I have seen several Marlin 336's listed that do not look as nice as mine listed for $400.00 & up. I bought my Marlin from a fellow who was trying to get some cash to help offset medical costs! I got it for $300.00 I am just trying to figure out roughly how old this rifle is also is it a fairly routine to drill & tap the top of the receiver for a scope. Because if I buy this rifle I plan on shooting it. My older eyes need a scope. Comments and thoughts much appreciated!!!



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Old December 19th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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That cross mark machining is called a waffle top and those were made from 48-52. '53 and '54 had smooth receivers, but not drilled and tapped. Marlin started drilling and tapping in '55. For Marlin fans, an "un-molested" waffle top is desirable, because a lot of these were drilled and tapped by their owners.

Use the prefix letter to determine year of manufacture

1946-C
1947-D
1948-E
1949-F
1950-G
1951-H
1952-J
1953-K
1954-L
1955-M
1956-N
1957-P
1958-R
1959-S
1960 (August)-1961-U
1961 (August)-1962-V
1963-W
1964-Y,-Z
1965-AA
1966-AB
1967-AC
1968-AD, -68
1969-69
1970-70
1971-71
1972-72

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Thank you NCG that helps alot, I just got thru looking at my Marlin 336RC it has AD so mine was made in 1968. The Marlin 336 A I am going to look at does have the waffle top receiver but doesn't have a pistol grip cap on it currently. The rifles bluing has some edges that the bluing has worn thru slightly but the barrel and receiver looks very nice. If I buy it where my current Marlin wears a scope this one might be left as is. One question is there a rear sight that can be used with the stock front brass bead that will help older eyes work better with open sights?? I do not want a regular Williams peep sight but I have seen a rear sight that fits into the machined dovetail cut that is like a larger peep sight circle?? Just wondering thanks for so much help!!!
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I've got a couple early Marlin 336's. An RC from 1960 and a 336-44 Magnum from 1964.
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Those waffle tops did not have pistol grips, so sounds like you got an original gun.

I would recommend the Williams peep because it almost always lets you use the factory front sight. I do like Skinner peeps, better, but those usually require a taller front sight to be installed. Not always, but most of the time.
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Well this rifle does have the waffle top, it does have a wood pistol grip stock but not a pistol grip cap on it. My son has my Dads Marlin Model 36 A that also has a square bolt with the waffle top receiver. Plus a wood pistol grip stock no grip cap. I will be looking at the rifle I have described tomorrow or Saturday. I do appreciate the comments. Well I looked at the Marlin 336 I found out it was made in 1948. I wasn't really taken away with thie rifle. There was surface pitting and some rust. The barrel and one side of the receiver all had some surface rust even etc. My Marlin 336 RC much nicer & cleaner. So I am going to pass on this rifle. What I really want is the Model 36 with the square bolt. Thanks for your help!!!

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