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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-08-2010, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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marlin express rifles

I didnt have any interest in either the 308 or 338 marlin express rifles until I saw one in gander mtn. I figured the cartridges would be discontinued soon and the rifles would be big like the 1895 but the 308mx was actually pretty sleek. Does anyone know if the 338 express rifle is as sleek as the 308? I think the 338 would make a neat bear gun. If anyone has one please let me know. Thanks
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-09-2010, 12:01 AM
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These rifles are awesome and have been sellin like hotcakes for Marlin.The ballistics are incredible.They can shoot right with a .308 an 30-06.In fact they got the edge on the .308 and 30-06.The ammo is here to stay and is now bein offered by more co,s than Hornady.Check out Marlinowners.com for tons of info.
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Re: marlin express rifles

Do you think the marlin lever guns will shoot as accurate as a bolt rifle???? I doubt it, but they are probably accurate enough for short range deer, say 150-200 yds max?
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Actually, in most cases in Pennsylvania 150-200 yards is long range and yes, Marlin lever actions shoot well enough out to 200. I think many people badly overestimate ranges in the field and in almost all cases a Marlin is more that accurate enough.
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Re: marlin express rifles

yep, they are deer accurate, sure.

But when i see comparisons to the 308 and '06 which are generally turn bolt rifles, I just think the accuracy isn't the same with a 338 Marlin lever as with say a 308 rem model 700. Someone said, "only accurate rifles are interesting". and while I have a number or winchester and marlin guns. They (levers) really can't be comparied to a bolt rifle (excepting the win 88).
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Re: marlin express rifles

I've never heard that the Winchester 88's were that wonderfully accurate? Also heard they have poor triggers?
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Re: marlin express rifles

Accuracy and trajectory might suffer a bit past 200 yards with many of the cartridges chambered in lever rifles, but 100 yard accuracy should not be a problem?

Had a 444 Marlin for many years. The original issue version, with 24" barrel. Scoped and rested, it would consistantly put three rounds nearly touching (usually two rounds touching), at 100 yards. That was with my 200gr HP "pistol bullet" reloads.

My old 336 carbine in 35 Rem. and with a Williams peep, will shoot three 200gr Core Lokts into less than 2" at 100 yards, rested. It's not D/T'd, but would wager that if I could put a scope on it, those groups would shrink?

Over the years I have also seen many scoped 336s in 30-30, put three into an inch or so at our 100 yard range.

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the 88 had a rotary bolt IIRC, the trigger on the 284s and 308 that I shot were OK. the trigger moves with the lever, so that doesn't lend itself to crisp light. I'd say the trigger was better than the Marlin336 out of the box.
The one thing on Win 88s were they had a few plastic parts and those plastic parts with time failed.
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They have some awesome long range accuracy.Just go on Marlinowners.com and chat with Big Med.He has shot these rifles out to 1000yds.Plus he has takin lots of large game with em.He is in Missori.
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His 1000yd shots were not at game.They were at stationary targets out on a flat soybean field.
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