This Marlin 336C Limited Edition lever action rifle features a 24 carat gold Marlin Horse and Rider engraved on left side of the receiver and scroll work on right. with "Limited Edition" stamped on the barrel. It has a gold-plated trigger, richly blued metal surfaces and a B Grade American black walnut pistol grip stock with fleur de lis checkering, a fluted comb and a blued steel barrel band with an integral swivel stud. The 20" barrel features micro-groove rifling (12 grooves), an adjustable semi-buckhorn folding rear sight, and a ramp front sight with brass bead and wide-scan hood. The solid-top receiver is tapped for scope mount and the hammer spur is offset (right or left hand) for scope use.
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Submitted By: Lawrence K. On 09/19/2014
Iâ€™ve been an avid sportsman, hunter, and competitive shooter pretty much all my life. Even though I own a couple dozen rifles thereâ€™s something about that really resonates for me. Itâ€™s not just that theyâ€™re the quintessential American design, I truly love shooting them. I own a couple other Marlins, both made over a decade before the whole Remington debacle and always wanted a 30-30 but sadly waited too long to purchase one. Or so Iâ€™d thought. After talking with Jeff Quinn (of gunblast.com fame) about recent improvements in Marlinâ€™s quality I decided to take the chance and am quite glad I did. This is a fun gun. Iâ€™m impressedâ€¦ mostly.
First off the action is quite smooth, nearly identical to my much older Marlins. I had to do zero de-burring/clean up whatsoever. I removed the ridiculous OEM sights and replaced them with vastly superior ones from Skinner. In doing so I found two problems:
First off, despite the fact that the ownersâ€™ manual shows two, thereâ€™s only one screw holding on the front sight ramp. WTF?! I do a lot of gunsmithing, but Iâ€™m not prepared to drill a hole in the barrel. That was an extra $60 from my favorite gunsmith.
Second, while you can bolt on the Skinner sights using the pre-drilled and tapped scope mount holes easily enough, I like to remove the OEM rear sight when I do it. It not only looks better but also gives me a space to hold an extra aperture. Whoever fit this one must have been a gorilla. Iâ€™ve never found so tight a fit, and Iâ€™ve done this procedure on four guns (two of which are Marlins, two are Winchestersâ€¦ did I mention I like lever guns?). Even with penetrating oil I damaged a brass punch tapping the freaking thing out. And had to do an unexpected large amount of filing on the aperture dovetail that I filled the empty slot with.
The wood has a beautiful grain and was very well fit. The fore-stock â€œgapâ€ you see on Marlinâ€™s marketing picture doesnâ€™t exist on mine, which is a very good thing, but there was a dent on the right side just below the rear sight. Likely that has something to do with the aforementioned insanely tight dovetail, but Iâ€™m surprised it got past the QA inspector. There were also two small scratches on the near screws, one on the receiver and one alongside the barrel that were likely the result of someone slipping with their screwdriver on installation (which means either theyâ€™re werenâ€™t paying any attention to what they were doing or they werenâ€™t using the right tool since Iâ€™ve got gunsmithing drivers that fit those screws perfectly). Both were easy enough to re-blue, but Iâ€™ve got equipment and experience for doing that some buyers might not. Besides, why on earth would you ship a limited edition special youâ€™ve touted as the new standard of quality without checking for glitches like that?
I wish it had shipped with a big loop since they make a big loop model. Itâ€™s not just the aesthetic, I find it easier to use that way too. Nevertheless I was able to drop in an aftermarket loop (from Ranger Point Precision) with very minimal fitting.
Despite some (mostly aesthetic) issues the rifle works fine, shoots great (~ 1MOA at 100 yards with 160gr Hornady LeverRevolution ammo). While I wouldnâ€™t say that Marlin is back to its pre-buyout quality itâ€™s very, very close. Iâ€™d recommend this rifle and likely purchase other models from Marlin so long as they were built in 2014 or later.
Nothing to do with the gun really, but I had a very pleasant buying experience through Hinterland. They have great customer service. The rifle arrived at my FFL in 5 days and I got UPS tracking the whole way.
[4 of 5 Stars]