View Full Version : 1961 Marlin 336

02-27-2013, 11:10 PM
I picked this up a couple of months back. It's a Marlin 336 in 30-30 manufactured in 1961. It's seen its time in the woods and has the scars to prove it. The bluing has turned to plum in some areas and in other spots it's just plain gone. There's some pitting here and there and on the bottom edges of the receiver. The sight hood was missing and there was a hole where the bullseye goes on the stock. It looks like a flush mount sling mount was there at one point, but now it's just a hole.

In the process of cleaning and disassembly I discovered the bore to be shiny bright with no pitting whatsoever. So I took it completely down. I ordered new springs and a sight hood from Brownells and they arrived super fast. I just oiled and steel wooled the steel and left the wood exactly as is.

Here are some before and after pics.





02-27-2013, 11:11 PM
After pics:





02-28-2013, 12:31 AM
I think she looks gorgeous! The age spots and patina make her look refined :cool:

02-28-2013, 01:05 AM
I agree. Rebluing and redoing the wood would have taken away her character.

02-28-2013, 05:26 AM
Absolutely a beautiful rifle. What great character.

02-28-2013, 11:34 AM
Thanks. It's a keeper.

02-28-2013, 11:47 AM
Beautiful rifle OR. Don't change a thing! That looks like the historical rifle that it is and doesn't detract at all from it's beauty. A very nice addition. That .30-30 is one mean round and can do the job on a lot of the 4 legged mammals that wander these parts.

Thanks for sharing with us!


02-28-2013, 12:02 PM
There isn't a shot over maybe fifty or sixty yards here at the house, so it should do.

02-28-2013, 12:28 PM
Unless you get a wandering bear family I think you will be okay. I'd be a little leery of taking a shot at a good sized brown of black bear with a .30-30 just because those things get a might crazy when pissed. And I like my blood on the INSIDE of my body. :eek:

There isn't a shot over maybe fifty or sixty yards here at the house, so it should do.

02-28-2013, 12:36 PM
We do have bears, cougars, coyotes, snakes and such here. The 12 gauge has alternating buck and slugs in it for just those critters. (assuming I can get to it) :p

I'm waiting for a used 7.5" Super Blackhawk that I bought from the LGS. That will be my woods carry gun. I got a delay on my background check for some reason, so it's not in hand yet.