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Can't give you the whole story..but my Marlin 336C does very well as a deer rifle with 170 gr..i was up to my neighborhood gun dealer who is a hunter and he said the 170 gr is an overwhelming favorite with his customers, ....most of whom shoot Marlins..

Nothing scientific there, just owner preference..
 

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Don't know or care what it was designed for, but I shoot Speer 130, 150 and 170g bullets, as well as Nosler 170g Partitions.

In 5 days I go elk hunting and the 170g Partitions will make the trip.
 

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Mine shoots both weights well enough, it's favorite bullet as far as accuracy goes is the 150 grain Hornady RN. Took me a while to find this out as this Marlin puts just about everything under 2 inches.
 

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In my Marlin's with handloads I get better groups with most 170's but like others have said there just shooters. I have shoot some groups under a inch with my Marlins on a regular bases. An it don't cost much to find out wihat factory load they like I seen a box of some WSSM ammo marked at 46.00 a box of 20 and next to them was some 30 30 for under 10 box

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I recall reading the early 30-30 ammunition was loaded with a 160-grain bullet.
 

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RR, the original load that came out in the 1890's was a 160gr bullet. I assume both the winchesters and marlins used that load. I don't know when the current 150 & 170 gr bullets started being used. It looks like we have come full circle with the new hornady leverlution 160gr load. Regards, Byron
 

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Montanan, In the 1890s the 30-30 was the magnum of the day. Very high velocity compared to black powder rounds. Regards, Byron
 

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I shoot 170 grain Remington core lokts through mine....shoots like its designed to.
 

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I believe most (if not all) Marlin lever guns in 30-30 WIN have a 1:10 RH twist. This will stabilize either the 150 or the 170 grain bullet just fine.
 
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