One of the vital talked-about rifles ultimately week’s 2023 SHOT Present has been talked about on and off since about 1948—or since 1893 if you wish to depend its predecessors. The Marlin 336 lever gun is again, because of Ruger, and I bought to shoot one at Vary Day. I’ll be desirous to shoot it a complete lot extra within the close to future, however my first impression is that Ruger has gotten it proper, which isn’t any small factor.

I’d most likely argue that the .30-30’s status for having killed extra whitetails than every other caliber might be overblown, however simply the identical, the Marlin 336 is without doubt one of the two iconic American lever-actions chambered for that cartridge and considerably answerable for that rep. The opposite, after all, is the Winchester Mannequin 94.

You may depend me amongst those that’ve all the time most well-liked the Marlin over the Winchester, virtually talking anyway. The Mannequin 94 is a cooler rifle that’s higher wanting, extra enjoyable to shoot, and simpler to hold in a scabbard—however with aspect ejection and a flat receiver that’s drilled, tapped, and designed for a scope base, plus a walnut inventory with a pistol grip, the Marlin is extra at residence in a ladder stand. 

I’ve bought an unique, JM-stamped 336 of my very own, chambered in .35 Remington, however the .30-30 variations have been far and away extra standard within the Kentucky deer camps I frequented as a child, and I bear in mind after they have been bought in nearly each Wal-Mart round. Whereas I do suspect that the .30-30’s status as a whitetail killer could also be overblown, I’ll admit that the majority of my looking buddies, as children, killed their first deer with a 336 in .30-30. Who the hell is aware of what the reality is?

I do know that like all cheap American deer hunter, I like lever-action rifles, and whereas I used to be unhappy to see the Marlin of previous shut store, I’ve been inspired by the brand new weapons being produced below Ruger’s possession. The varied 1895s in .45-70 have actually gotten good marks, however I’ve actually been ready to see an up to date 336 (and an 1894, which is coming later this spring).

Return of a Traditional: The New Marlin 336

The brand new Marlin 336 Traditional will likely be chambered in .30-30 and .35 Remington. Ruger/Marlin

I bought to shoot a half dozen rounds by means of the brand-new Marlin 336 Traditional throughout Vary Day on the SHOT Present, and I used to be impressed. Although it does say Marlin on the aspect, it was within the Ruger sales space, and it has the standard you’d anticipate from the latter model. The take a look at rifle I shot, which was sporting open sights, was straightforward to hit with, felt stable and tight, and seemed identical to a later-model 336 with a cross-bolt security, checkering on the walnut inventory, and 20.25-inch barrel. It has a 6+1 spherical capability, and together with the traditional .30-30, it is going to even be chambered in .35 Remington, as I perceive it. That’s good timing, since a pair main ammo makers (Federal and Remington) are once more loading that traditional cartridge. New 336s are set to develop into out there in early 2023, and costs are TBD. I’m wanting ahead to giving one an actual take a look at, however what I can say for now’s that with the at the moment out there 1895s and this newest reintroduction, Ruger appears to be critical about restoring Marlin’s traditional lever weapons to their former glory.

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