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I bought a 1975 Marlin 336C w/ a nice scope in 30/30 (I have a 1974 336C in .35 Remington). I will shoot it next week as the range is crowded on weekends. I did have the seller run some ammo thru it to be sure it runs well.
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Did I mention that he threw in some ammo? ;)

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Does anyone know why the Federal Ammo is in a blue or a red box? It's the same 170 grain soft point round. I took a good luck out of the box and saw no difference.
The Winchester and Monarch both had 150 and 170 loads. I'll use up the 150 at the range.

The Hornady Leverevolution (160 grain) is something that I have used before. It has a pointed bullet and uses a soft piece of rubber (my description) to keep the point from firing the bullet ahead of it while in the loading tube. It took some mental getting used to but worked great. I've seen no other issues in other forums. The bullet is more accurate as it has less drag as it speeds to the target. It's also ~15%-20% more expensive (when you can find it).
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One more thing. This completes my Marlin 336C 30/30 and my (1974) Marlin 336C .35 Remington set. Both bought right and with someone else "sighting in" the scope on the rifle. My 336C in .35 Remmy. It's in better condition:
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Only difference I see in the boxes is the code or number above the antlers. Maybe that is it? Those are some great rifles. I have a feeling they will shoot even better than they look.
 

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Only difference I see in the boxes is the code or number above the antlers. Maybe that is it?
Rodney,
You are correct. I searched it, and it may be due to different distributors. Some got blue and some got red? I found one review but the box color wasn't mentioned.

I did get the above Marlin to the Sandy Springs Gun Range today. They had a couple of rookies (one guy our age) in Range #1 so I suggested Range #3 (120') since I was going to make a lot of noise.

The Marlin worked perfectly. It cycled perfectly and shot in a 5" circle at 120'. It was my first session with it, and with the oldest ammo (fired 18 rounds). I also fired my car Colt 1911 and my S&W TR 19-3 with good results. A+ day at the range for me.
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Rodney,
You are correct. I searched it, and it may be due to different distributors. Some got blue and some got red? I found one review but the box color wasn't mentioned.

I did get the above Marlin to the Sandy Springs Gun Range today. They had a couple of rookies (one guy our age) in Range #1 so I suggested Range #3 (120') since I was going to make a lot of noise.

The Marlin worked perfectly. It cycled perfectly and shot in a 5" circle at 120'. It was my first session with it, and with the oldest ammo (fired 18 rounds). I also fired my car Colt 1911 and my S&W TR 19-3 with good results. A+ day at the range for me.
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Doc, it doesn't get much better than that. Never had any doubts on the Marlin but sounds like a real plus to exercise the 1911 and the 19-3. Just plain excellent.
 
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Thanks for your comments.

The two Marlin's that I own today are great. Just saying, but I have had two disappointments on the Marlin. IMO, the Marlin name is not like the Smith & Wesson name in superior performance.

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..I would like to get a JM stamped 336 in .35 to go along with my 1895 JM 45-70. The 30-30 in the safe is a pre 1960 Winny Model 94.
Charlie,
Wow. I fired a..45-70 a few years ago, and it almost ripped my shoulder off. :oops: The recoil is big for anyone my age.

The 1960 Winny (Winchester) is a pre-1964. Winchester made the Model 94 with all forged parts until their new management changed it in ~1963-1964.

The forged parts are important mostly to a collector (In my opinion). They are sure worth ~25% more. The newer 1965 guns are also good.

I have five Winchester Model 94's including my first one bought new in 1974 (two are pre-1964). All are good.
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Charlie,
Wow. I fired a..45-70 a few years ago, and it almost ripped my shoulder off. :oops: The recoil is big for anyone my age.

The 1960 Winny (Winchester) is a pre-1964. Winchester made the Model 94 with all forged parts until their new management changed it in ~1963-1964.

The forged parts are important mostly to a collector (In my opinion). They are sure worth ~25% more. The newer 1965 guns are also good.

I have five Winchester Model 94's including my first one bought new in 1974 (two are pre-1964). All are good.
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I use "Limb Saver" recoil pads on the 45-70's ( I have 2 ). turns the recoil into a hard push. I like Limb Savers! I'll be 71 this March.
 
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