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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-12-2018, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Newer Marlin 336ss

Anybody buy one of these and shoot it within the last year. All I hear is how horrible Marlin rifles have become. I was checking one out on the shelf and I love the looks of the rifle. Would look real sharp with a silver 2-7 Leupold on top.

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-13-2018, 10:25 AM
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Marlin went through a dark period from 2009-2014. Since 2014 quality has been substantially better. I have no qualms about buying new Marlins I just look them over before I plunk my money down.

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I agree, I think all the talk you hear about poor quality was some years ago. I've not fired one, but the newer ones I have seen on the shelf seem well built. Now is probably a good time to buy too. Seems like I've seen a lot on sale lately, probably because the negative talk still persists.
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I have three that were built since 2014. All great guns.

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I have been hearing alot about how Marlin's quality went down the tubes. Have you considered the offerings by Henry. They make almost a clone of the marlin lever guns and there's no question about the high quality of the Henry firearms.
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I have been hearing alot about how Marlin's quality went down the tubes. Have you considered the offerings by Henry. They make almost a clone of the marlin lever guns and there's no question about the high quality of the Henry firearms.
Lots of Henry's in the stable. This particular gun just caught my eye. The wood, the color of the wood,with the bright contrast of stainless steel just really appealed to me in a lever action.

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I have been hearing alot about how Marlin's quality went down the tubes. Have you considered the offerings by Henry. They make almost a clone of the marlin lever guns and there's no question about the high quality of the Henry firearms.
You can't call it "almost a clone" when they load via entirely different means. A brass tube is a deal breaker for many of us. "King's Improvement" came out in 1866 and nobody missed tube loading.

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Not going to be the same quality as an original JM Marlin.From what I understand remington is falling on hard times along with other gun makers.Rights to make Marlin lever MIGHT be sold to Henry.Ask the guys here.


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Not going to be the same quality as an original JM Marlin.From what I understand remington is falling on hard times along with other gun makers.Rights to make Marlin lever MIGHT be sold to Henry.Ask the guys here.


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Exactly what part of the new rifles isn't the same quality as the JM rifles? Thanks
Also your Henry rumor is just that, a wild rumor. And I've belonged to Marlinowners for years.

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Have a number of JM stamped lever guns, but none since Remington takeover. Personally would not buy a JM stamped gun from the last year or so before the takeover as employees got wind they were getting the can. Same goes for the first number of years after Remington moved the plant. This is just my opinion with not having guns from both eras to compare as I have not had a need to purchase a new lever rifle.
Read an opinion from Grizzly Custom Guns with updates from the past summer here that sounds like they are hopeful the quality is improving. They would not guarantee work on newer Marlins and if I remember correctly they charged more $ to take one on as a project in years past:
https://grizzlycustom.com/important-information/
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