Two Marlin 336 Rifles – One Is A Clear Winner

Two Marlin 336 Rifles – One Is A Clear Winner

Comparing two vintage Marlin 336 rifles. We found one is a clear winner. Check out what we found with the 1950 waffle top that surprised us all.

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  1. Jeff Carter on December 3, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    I have a waffle top 30/30that belonged to Charlie Rich. Tennessee

  2. Bennett Guns on December 3, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    My Marlin 336 .35 Remington is a RC series with full magazine but, mine has a period correct Redfield aperture sight on it. My son and I both took Russian bores in New Hampshire with this caliber back when I was still hunting.

  3. Ron LaFitte on December 3, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    Great video!! Thank you for spotlighting the 35 Remingtons!!! They are my all-time favorite 336 Marlin calibers. But I know I don’t need to convince you of that!!! 😎

  4. Chris Kell on December 3, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    That William’s sight, "in my opinion is the best".
    I have one mounted on my Winchester AE 94 trapper, in 44MAG. My first rifle was the 336CS 30/30, really miss it.

  5. Gary Quail on December 3, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    I still have my Marlin 336 since I was 13 years of age and it is still reliable to this day still use it for hunting wild pigs and occasionally deer I would not trade this rifle in for anything that’s out there today!

  6. David Greve on December 3, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Another very well done video !! Always a pleasure to watch the best with the most informative yet so far! Thank You, George for these!

  7. Hawker Seafury on December 3, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    I owned a Marlin 336 Texan in 35 Remington. I bought it in 1954 when I was 16. It had a straight grip stock similar to a Winchester 94.

  8. Bushcraft North of 60 on December 3, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Nice comparison. I only shoot jacketed bullets so far in all my centerfire Marlins. I have a mix of Ballard and Microgroove, and they all shoot well. Had the 30AS in .30-30 out last night shooting ptarmigan at -40C. Headshots at white birds on snow. Marbles sights help. That old gun fits me like a glove.

    I have some catching up to do on your channel. Should do that next week while I work away from home! Take care, and hope you’re feeling better soon.

  9. LeverAction Gypsy on December 3, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Great video and fellow 35 Rem shooter here. For the ballard rifling thats over standard bore diameter, I’d think if you ordered a custom mold and have it designed to drop at .363 or even just PC ing the bullets to add the extra diameter you’d be good.If you do traditional or tumble lube, get a mold that will drop larger than bore and Lee can custom make a .363 push through sizing die

  10. Boomer Taylor on December 3, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    I saw & commented on the other video, too, asked about the Whelen and which model you were still seeking.. Found this again.
    Meant also to say I really liked these Williams sights. I definitely will do the swap when we find "our" other rifle.. lol. I’ve got the itch, bad.
    Also meant to ask, do you ever travel east? I’m near Atlanta.
    Take care, bud.

  11. 45oneshoystop on December 3, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I enjoyed the video, thanks. I have a few Marlins that I’ve been collecting since 1969. My first is the 336 C in 35 Rem. It has the gold medallion for the 100th anniversary of Marlin. I also have a 1950 336 in 30-30. and another in 32 Win Special. Both are great shooters. I also have a 22, 25-20, and a 45-70. I’d like to get a 38-55 someday but they are hard to find. I didn’t start out collecting, it just happened. I like Marlins.

  12. Big Smoke on December 3, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Great to see somebody using peep sights .

  13. FingerAngle on December 3, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    You Did do a rifling test! This is what I wanted to see. Thanks! Here’s my 1950 336sc.

  14. Guy Champ on December 3, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Great info.

  15. Harold Godwinson on December 3, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Well, you could try paper patched projectiles in the Ballard.

  16. Danny Fisk on December 3, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    TOO MUCH SCIENCE!!!!!! Your taking the fun out of shooting and seeing some nice guns!!!!

  17. N.W. Ranger on December 3, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Bullet casting molds of any specification can be made and are obtained through custom bullet mold manufacturers, and they are not expensive. Maybe $100 or so, for single cavity mold.
    Cast .001 to .002 over groove size for the 1950 model. The cast bullets are then sized thru two different bullet sizing dies. Also, each bullet sizing die is to the specs of each rifle’s groove size. Then add a gas check. All easy to do..

    In addition, one could go with paper patched bullets. Paper patched bullets can made to just about any spec. one may want. Paper patched bullets are capable of being cast soft enough for good bullet expansion (think hunting). And, because of the paper patch the bullet can be driven to the same velocities as copper jacketed bullets in the .35 Remington cartridge.

    I do this stuff with my vintage guns. It is all simple and low tech stuff. Rifle shooters have been doing these things for a very long time. We are still doing it. It is not broken… no need to fix it.

  18. ArmedHippy76 on December 3, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    The 336 SC is my favorite variation of the 336s. I think you should just keep both of those. 🙂

  19. Peggy Nulsen on December 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Really enjoyed this demonstration. My own 336 is from 1962 and at 100 yrds I can still shoot a 2 inch group with any kind of ammunition. When it’s time to sell someone will get a classic that was well loved and cared for since the day it was made. Thanks for your time and expertise.

  20. Steve Doran on December 3, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Ive been been experimenting with my late 70s vintage .35 Rem 336 using .357fmj 158gr bullets using .357 mag loads. great fun at 50 yards, easy on the shoulder great fun, surprisingly accurate, not so much at 100 yards.

  21. Quadrille on December 3, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Any tips on fixing dings in stock or refinishing it

  22. Charles Gandee on December 3, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    Well sir I gotta tell ya ,video touched a soft spot . Growing up and to present day I have deer hunted in WV the week of Thanksgiving .This year being my 43 year . Back in the day the entire family and friends hunted with Marlins . Well all but one my grandpa had a94 with peep sights in 3030 he bought brand new and his brother bought the same gun in 32. The rest of the family and friends I’m talking about 8 others and maybe a few more all hunted with 3030 and two were 35 Rem. In all those years I can remember some absolutely amazing shots and a lot of shooting . Those guns were and still are like family .I don’t remember any of them not shooting well . What amazes me is how everyone had their pet ammo. Dad and I always shot 170 grn Federal . Others had their pet ammo . I’m an Avid reloader now and have not shot a factory round at a deer in 30 years it’s just kinda funny now how much stock we put in our choice of factory ammo back in the day shooting open sighted lever guns . Now none of us shoot open sights or factory loads . I load for the whole family and have tuned all those old Marlins with a pet load so to speak . It’s nice to see you interest in the Marlins and your devotion to the old work horses for shure . Very interesting since I can relate to the guns and have shot a ton of them growing up I guess that is why I have 9 of the old girls . Love the videos and keep it real as you are . Love it ,take care!

  23. KLR650 on December 3, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    What metal did you use to slug the barrel?

  24. Czy Horse on December 3, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    On the Marlin Owners forum, I was told the 1955, Marlin 336 35Rem is a ‘Holy Grail’ rifle for some 35Rem Marlin fans. 1955 was the last year for Ballard rifling in the 35Rem’s and the first year for a factory drilled & tapped receiver in 35Rem’s. I’m not sure if the 336 30-30Win models followed the same protocol.
    I found a well used 1955 35Rem 336RC c/w Lyman 66LA peep this past spring, needed some TLC, it’s a shooter, I just need to get it out more often.

  25. Brandon Rupp on December 3, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Great information and super easy to listen too. None of the extra bs most youtubers blather on about.

  26. Factory Bear on December 3, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I just followed you on Instagram. I have a private account and Ill tag you in some of the pics of the 1955 RC as soon as you start following me, otherwise it won’t let you see them.

  27. Billy Hurst on December 3, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    Awesome, video…My uncle purchased
    a 336 in 35 rem. In 1950, from Sears and Roebuck Chicago ILLINOIS. I was born in 52, my dad and uncle Moe
    Had 450 acres located near a little town of Gay Michigan. In 64, My uncle
    Loaned it to me.My first deer season, in remote Upper Peninsula. 12 years young bagged a massive spike (lol )
    That morning…That Christmas, that Marlin 35, was under the tree. My father bought it from my uncle. I’m 69
    Still using it..Had it drilled, adding 3×9
    Redfield, a sling..Awesome rifle.
    My serial # 3320. Not sure of manufacturing date, 48 one would think…

  28. Curtis Harrison on December 3, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    It’s a favorite in my cabinet.

  29. MTwoodsrunner on December 3, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    well done video, a pleasure to watch…subbed…woods

  30. Steven Dedeian on December 3, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    bore size comment surprised me, alot…almost as much as finding out a 7.62 russian 54r, is actually a .311 projectile, and some .308 rounds do not bode well going down the bore…..firearms, are by nature, a mechanical machine, and many times we tend to forget this…I read a n article on YT, by a very knowegable man, and the mention was about 500 rounds t0 break in any firearm..He made the stronge comment that, its pure folly, however, that being said..not exactly 500 rounds should be taken with a grain of salt..My personal epserince with military weapons small arms and civilian small arms, more moving parts to a weapon, more break in time is def required..however, there are always exceptions to this..a bolt action rifle, requires hardly any break in at all…where my henry lever, require about 50 rounds..Bersa 22 semi auto pistol, neede almost 300 before it began to shoot perfecty..and My Walther PPQ was fine from the box……just depends…my redhawk in 44 mag, was a bit unsmooth in cycinder rotating,,but my GP100 was great, both purchased new……so, every gun I have ever shot, is somewhat a bit diferent then other guns…I think this is what firearms love, is really all about..learning your weapons….thanks for the great show again…steve..would LOVE to see you review an older 742 rem, in 06..that would be soooo nice to see..

  31. papa-smurf on December 3, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Wish the quilty of guns today was as good as them old marlins. I owned a marlin 336 for my first rifle, my dad bought it for me brand new for $200, they sure don’t make them like they used to.

  32. Rupert McNaught Davis on December 3, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Lovely Williams Fool proof sights,difficult to find here in South Africa.

  33. Bruce Pierce on December 3, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Powder coat your bullets you can add a couple of thousands to the diameter.

  34. Gary Barrere on December 3, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Drooling I have always been interested in the 35 rem.

  35. Mark Chambers on December 3, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Luv Williams

  36. Factory Bear on December 3, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Nice waffle top George! They started drilling and tapping in 1952 or 1953. I got a Minty Fresh 1955 RC last year for my 40th birthday in 30-30. It is as old as my mom. It came with a period correct Weaver scope on it that I can’t bring myself to take off just yet. It’s still zeroed perfect at 50 and it’ll do just fine in this year’s hunts.

  37. G TOPP on December 3, 2021 at 11:23 pm

    I was told by an old sage that there’s a special place in … for anyone who mounts a scope on a lever gun. Neat video!

  38. Rich just Rich on December 3, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Mine is a 1959 marlin 336 also and with a Williams peep site also. My favorite gun.

  39. donr416 on December 3, 2021 at 11:24 pm

    Always wanted a .35-06

  40. Jim88 on December 3, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Nice work

  41. Cliff Dunning on December 3, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    What are your thoughts on the 45-70 in the Marlin 1895?

  42. Luvta Handload on December 3, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I am really enjoying your vids on Marlin rifles. For your .362" barrel, I would size down 9.3mm(.366") bullets and let her rip!

  43. Razorback30001 on December 3, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Marlins are wonderful firearms. I have a Marlin sbl 45-70 and I have a Henry 30-30 sidegate.

  44. Amblos 0525 on December 3, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    I have a 59 marlin 336 with a Lyman rear peep and a stock front blade with a hood. The gun shoots nearly 5 inches high at 100 yds with the peep as low it will go. I assume that I need a taller front blade. Any recommendations on product? Thank you.

  45. Yankee Astronomer on December 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Just discovered your channel. This is the second video I have watched. So far both were focused around Marlin rifles, my favorite!
    I appreciate your presentation.
    I’ve heard of this controversy about Ballard vs Micro-grove rifling for many years. Because I’ve had good results with both, using both jacketed and cast bullets, I never made much of it. However, while recently loading some .45acp it occurred to me people have long realized most .45’s have shallow rifling, much like ‘micro-groove’, with even fewer grooves. Yet most .45 users shoot cast bullets as much as jacketed. So why is there no controversy there?
    I think it boils down to using adequately hardened lead bullets in the shallow grooved guns, at an appropriate velocity.
    Builders understand you need coarser threaded screws in softer materials because the fine threads won’t grip well. I think it is the same with rifling.
    Love your channel and I look forward to seeing more classic Marlins. Thanks!

  46. Anthony Withem on December 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    My 1953 marlin 336sc doesn’t say what it is bored in so I don’t know,my 30-30 and 44mag is both micro grooved but im not sure about the 1953 it kas a K Serial number.

  47. GunFun ZS on December 3, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Why not get a mold which drops fat bullets?

  48. Craig Houdeshell on December 3, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Great, great sights.

  49. Banya Rola on December 3, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    I have a Marlin 336 .35 Micro Groove that I purchased in the early, I believe, 70’s, brand new from Caldor Dept store in NY state..
    Get this, I paid $ 89.00 for it back then on sale.. One of the best rifles I own and took many deer with it. I still have the original receipt but it’s not handy now to verify the exact year I bought it..
    It still looks new and hardly a mark on it… One other thing, you may be mistaken about the grip cap because mine has a black grip cap with a white spacer…One more thing.. The tubular magazine on mine is the entire length of the barrel.
    Thanks for the vid….It brought back memories…

  50. Bennett Guns on December 3, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Uyube does not notify anyone of new videos when posted.