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I have a chance to buy a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. I'm not familiar with that cartridge so if anyone has any info on this combo, let me know. I take it that the 35 is more versatile than the 30/30.
 

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sure love mine. There a great cast bullet gun. Much better then the 3030 with hunting loads with cast bullets! It is probably the most underated cartridge out there. I would be afraid to tackle Elk with the right load.
 

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If the price is fair by almeans do so, you are limited to 200grn factory ammo though (remington) do not use the 170grn pointed in that lever gun because of possible discharge in mag tube, these were used in the old savage mag feed bolt guns.
yes it hits harder and not as easily defected by bush.
excellent out to 150 yards for deer size game.

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If the price is right {$200 used} jump on it, you wont regret it. In the brush in Northwest Penn mine is my go-to gun. Mine has an old steel tube Weaver 4X and will put 3 Federal Classic 200gr in 1.5 inches all day.
 

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Terry,

By all means if the price is right jump on it. I picked up mine last summer at a gunshow for $175. It is pre-safety and I have no regrets. Shoots well and is a very slick action.

While the 35 Remington is not unheard of in my neck of the woods, it is considerable rarer than the 30-30. Even so the ammo is still available at the local Wal-Mart and cost about the same as 30-30 and 30-06.

If you handload you can usually increase the power level of the 35 Rem a bit, but nothing outrageous.

So far mine has killed one large doe and a coyote in high gear.


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My first lever action was a .35 Remington Marlin. I killed my first hog with that gun, shooting him between the eyes and castrating him with one shot. I think it would definately be enough gun for any sane use. Also, Marlins are really easy to put a scope on and the older ones are also drilled for peep sights. IMHO, if the one you are looking at is old enough to not have a crossbolt safety, then that is a bonus, too.
 

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Thanks everyone for the info. I'm picking it up on Saturday and I found out it hasn't even had a box of shells through it. Also a member at my club shoots it also and reloads for it, so I'm all set for the fall.
 

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Terry-

Good move. You won't regret this decision. The .35 Remington definately has a reputaion as a better "anchor" than the .30-30 on deer. Another great thing about this round is that if you don't handload the Remington factory loads projectile with the 200 grn R/N Cor-lokt bullet was designed just for the .35 Rem and performs very well at the ranges/velocities the .35 Rem was intended for. Let us know how she shoots.
 

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Dutch,
Picked up the rifle today and tried it out. I mounted a Bushnell 1.75-4X scope I have and went to my range. The rifle came with 14 shells of the Rem Express 200 grn core-lok (not even a full box put through it).
I put 2 rounds through it and cleaned it well and then shot some groups. The best of the 3 shot groups was 3/4" and the average was just over an inch all at 50 yds. So if this is with factory ammo in almost a new gun, I'm pretty happy. I don't intend on shooting this past 100 yds, since it will see mostly brush duty, so it will be interesting what handloads will do. I would be satisfied with 2" at 100 yds.
I'm thinking of taking the scope off and putting on a red dot or just using the sights. What do you guys use for sights?
 

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Get it! You won't be disappointed. The 35 Rem is one of those cartridges that kills better than the ballistics (and some gun scribes) says it should. Great woods caliber for deer and bear. Remington would do well to offer it in their M7600 pump and M7 again, but Marlin has kept it alive for a long time. :)
 

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Looks like you've got a keeper there! As far as sights go, I really like a good receiver mounted peep sight. I prefer a Williams Foolproof or the WGRS model. Peep sights are way more accurate than standard iron sights but don't effect the "handiness" of the rifle like a scope does. The down side to them is they are no better than standard irons in low light, which is when a scope on a brush gun really shines. I'm biased towards the Williams line and have them on many of my rifles. The thing I like about Williams is that you can remove the peep aperture and you have a ghost ring for low light. You can also order different size apertures for target (small) or low light (large). Lyman and Ashley Outdoors also make peep sights for the Marlin 336, I believe.

Hope this helps,
 

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Matt,

Thanks for all the info, I think the williams is a good idea and I'm going to look at them this week.
 

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You're welcome. If there is something in a Williams sight that you need, but can't find in your area or by mail order let me know. I live 10 minutes away from Williams Gunsight (hence the reason I am a little biased toward their products) and I can pick up what you need if you can't find it elsewhere. A lot of distributors don't carry items like the extra apertures or sights for the less popular firearms. You shouldn't have any problem finding a Foolproof sight or a WGRS sight that is made for the Marlin 336, but let me know if you do. I can always pick one up and mail it to you. As long as the exchange rate remains in my favor! :wink:
 

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I have to agree with everyone else- My 35 shoots great. You should have no problem with a 2" group at 100 yards with factory ammo. I put see through mounts and a 4X scope on it- The older I get the harder it is to pick up the iron sights- I've taken several deer with it and believe me it does the job. I took one head on and knocked him right over backwards. I also like the lighter weight for walking, but I do try to avoid open fields when I'm carrying it, too many times spot a buck at 250-300 yards-I swear they know which rifle you have somedays-I'm trying to remember but I've had mine over 30 years and think I paid $50 for it barely used-
Good luck with it.
 

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I load 38.5gr. ofIMR4895 with Hornady 200gr. Interlocks and the Marlin touches bullets at 50yards. Another great load for me has been the same bullet with 40 grains of Hogdens Benchmark, there is no shake in the case with this load and it rolled two deer in their tracks for me last November.One deer was 130 yards the other 120 yards both were pass through shots and both deer dropped where they stood. I sight my rifle an inch high at 50yards, that makes it about 3-4 inches high at a hundred and on at one-fifty. The 35Rem is a great round!
 

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I load 38.5gr. ofIMR4895 with Hornady 200gr. Interlocks and the Marlin touches bullets at 50yards. Another great load for me has been the same bullet with 40 grains of Hogdens Benchmark, there is no shake in the case with this load and it rolled two deer in their tracks for me last November.One deer was 130 yards the other 120 yards both were pass through shots and both deer dropped where they stood. I sight my rifle an inch high at 50yards, that makes it about 3-4 inches high at a hundred and on at one-fifty. The 35Rem is a great round!
 

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.35 336

John Taffin had a good article in the latest issue of GUNS magazine on the .35 336.

I have a Marlin Marauder in .35 and wouldn't take a gold monkey for it.
 

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my experience

I shoot a 35Rem and my brothers shoot 30/30's
I drop my deer and they hit their deer
I walk up to my deer and they track theirs down
I shot through a branch by accident once and the deer dropped
but my brother missed his deer as the bullet was deflected.
I shot two doe during antlerless by accident with one bullet; first deer dropped and the second deer fell 25 yrds away and my brother tagged it.
I hunt very dense cover and swamps where you only see 10 percent of the deer at 30 yards.
Never shot a deer over 75 yards, but my uncle added a 4X scope to his and has taked deer at 125 yds in open hardwoods and fields.
My brothers still carry the Winchesters because they're lighter
I don't mind luggin' my Marlin around the swamps.
I'd buy it !!!
 

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I'm a relative newcomer to this site, so forgive me for mentioning a rifle outside of the catagory...Just couldn't resist adding my accolades on the 35. I have a Remington 760 and it is a great deer slayer, extremely effective and hard hitting.
 

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Daveo-

No worries! I don't think anybody will skin ya for mentioning a "pumper gun" on the Lever Action forum. Those Remington Pump .35's sure do make great woods guns with the short barrel.

Welcome to the group :D
 
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