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Re: Marlin 336 questions
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2017, 07:34:38 PM »
Well, here's what we've got, so far.  I've replaced the front bead with a red Firesight from Williams, along with a rear peep from the same source.  Cleaned it up, polished the bolt a little bit, replaced extractor and ejector, and cleaned up the trigger, so that it breaks pretty clean at 3.5 lbs.  Added a Weaver scout rail, and installed a Burris 2 3/4X IER scope, and got the scope and irons boresighted at 25 yards.  Still waiting on the recoil pad to cut the stock down, and the ammo cuff, which should be started Monday, and will hopefully be here the week after. 

Have powder, cases, primers and dies, just waiting on the bullets to get here so I can start working up loads.  Going with the 160 gr. FTX bullets from Hornady, and Hodgdons LVR powder.  Don't tell anyone, but this has been a fun project, and I really hope she likes it when it's finished.

And she should be equipped to deal with anything she's apt to run across, this side of the Mississippi River.

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    Re: Marlin 336 questions
    « Reply #26 on: February 24, 2017, 08:48:30 PM »
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    That's looking mighty nice.
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    « Reply #27 on: February 24, 2017, 09:01:21 PM »
    Thank you!  Coming from you, I consider that quite a compliment!

    I'm sure that you could have done it faster and easier than I did, but I had a lot of fun with it, and learned a few things, so I'm still calling it a win!
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    « Reply #28 on: February 24, 2017, 11:35:57 PM »
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    That's looking mighty nice.

    I agree.  That rifle just quietly says "All business."  .    :thumbup1
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    « Reply #29 on: February 26, 2017, 02:24:47 AM »
    You do realize, I hope, that you've named that rifle?  It will be known, henceforth, as "All Business."

    Which is gonna tickle me to no end, when I see that note in a picture frame somewhere.
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    « Reply #30 on: February 26, 2017, 03:15:42 PM »
    I can't tell from the picture, and didn't re-read everything to see if you mentioned it.  Does that have see-under rings, or is the scope on a QD mount?
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    « Reply #31 on: February 26, 2017, 04:47:00 PM »
    The scope is mounted using Weaver Quad-Lock medium height rings, and isn't exactly a QD mount, but a dime and ten seconds will have the scope off the rail, if you need to use the irons.  As it sits, the irons are strictly back up in case the scope goes south without warning.
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    « Reply #32 on: February 26, 2017, 06:14:40 PM »
    Nice rifle!

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    « Reply #33 on: February 26, 2017, 08:55:09 PM »
    You do realize, I hope, that you've named that rifle?  It will be known, henceforth, as "All Business."

    Which is gonna tickle me to no end, when I see that note in a picture frame somewhere.
    I'm glad to contribute anything at all to the finished product of such a worthwhile endeavor.   :cool
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    « Reply #34 on: June 01, 2017, 10:44:03 PM »
    And the hard case for the rifle now has a sticker on it, black letters on a white background, 2 inches high, that says "All Business."   I didn't put it there, she did!
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    « Reply #35 on: June 02, 2017, 03:48:25 AM »
     :cool
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    « Reply #36 on: June 02, 2017, 09:15:31 AM »
    ... I unload my 870, essentially-by pushing up the follower- then the shells need a slight wiggle and they pop right out.
    It's much easier if you just push the catch bar on the inside the receiver to release the shell.  No wiggling.  Efficient.  What you are doing is essentially trying to make the shell rim skip the catch.  Less efficient.
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    « Reply #37 on: June 02, 2017, 09:16:30 AM »
     :hmm I wonder if my Mossy Lever does that.   
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    « Reply #38 on: June 02, 2017, 09:17:26 AM »

    Okay, now that is one very nice Leverl.   :thumbup1
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    « Reply #39 on: June 02, 2017, 12:01:00 PM »
    Thanks for all the kind words!  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, and even happier that she's thrilled with it.

    This is the final version.  Added an ammo cuff, and cut the stock to a 12.5" LOP.  (She's kinda short.)

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    « Reply #40 on: June 02, 2017, 01:41:09 PM »
    Everything you need - nothing you don't.  Sweet.   Glad she's pleased with it.  As you say, that makes it all worthwhile.   :thumbup1
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    « Reply #41 on: June 02, 2017, 04:54:41 PM »
    Nice looking rifle  :thumbup1.

    I've come to the realisation that I have yet to own a lever action rifle in my collection  :(. I will have to fix this one day. I wouldn't even know where to begin, lever guns aren't my forte.
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    « Reply #42 on: June 02, 2017, 08:10:40 PM »
    Nice looking rifle  :thumbup1.

    I've come to the realisation that I have yet to own a lever action rifle in my collection  :(. I will have to fix this one day. I wouldn't even know where to begin, lever guns aren't my forte.
    They're not everbody's. 

    My dad's 1955 Winchester 94 was my usual hunting rifle growing up.  I even had it at college my senior year.  He gave it  to my older brother a few years ago.  Always hoped I'd end up with it.  :(   Oh, well.  I had a 1974 one for about 15 years, but sold it about 18 years ago.  Soulless gun, it was.  Last summer I saw an old one (1951) at the gun store that someone had taken a magic marker to and had drawn 2-3" diamonds on both sides of the stock and a smaller one on the bottom of the handguard.  Then applied finish over the top.  And the diamonds on the stock weren't even in the same place!  Well, I looked at it several times, then decided my kids really thought I should have it for Father's Day.  At least none of them objected.   :hmm  Anyway, it took a while, but after a couple of months of work off and on, I stripped the old finish and got the diamonds all sanded off, then put a couple coats of Watco golden oak finish on it, followed by a couple of coats of tung oil.  Disassembled and cleaned all the metalwork while the wood was in process, then put it back together.  Much prettier.  And it shoots pretty good too.

    And . . . I can't see the buckhorn sights like I used to.  I'm thinking of putting a Marble's peep sight on it.  Or not.  I didn't get my dad's gun, but I got one just like it, so I'm pretty happy.  Though I dare say I paid a lot more for mine than he paid for his ($55-60).
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    « Reply #43 on: June 03, 2017, 08:51:32 AM »
    Nice looking rifle  :thumbup1.

    I've come to the realisation that I have yet to own a lever action rifle in my collection  :(. I will have to fix this one day. I wouldn't even know where to begin, lever guns aren't my forte.

    Thank you!

    If you have a revolver in any caliber, get a pistol-caliber lever gun to match.  You can get them in .22 LR, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, and .45 LC.  (Someone might even offer a .32 H&R Mag.)  They are available from a number of makers, and most of them are copies of the Winchester M-92.  We have two, a .357, and a .45 Colt, and they are a delight to shoot, and really quite accurate for what they are, plus they will handle the hottest handloads you'd dare put in a revolver.

    Getting into rifle cartridges, it's mostly .30-30, but the Hornady LeveRevolution ammo puts the .30-30 into the "200 yard gun" category.  When putting The Minion's rifle together, I was really impressed with the accuracy it showed, especially past the 100 yard mark.  It's not a benchrest gun, but it will deliver 3-inch groups at 200 yards all day long, and that's more than enough for any hunting situation this side of the Mississippi river.  (Thus far, The Minion's best group is 1.62" at 100 yards, but it's a new rifle for her, and they are still getting acquainted.)

    As stated, they aren't for everybody, but they are great hunting tools, and lots of fun to shoot!  You owe it to yourself to check them out!
     
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    « Reply #44 on: June 03, 2017, 11:28:50 AM »
    Thank you!

    If you have a revolver in any caliber, get a pistol-caliber lever gun to match.  You can get them in .22 LR, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, and .45 LC.  (Someone might even offer a .32 H&R Mag.)  They are available from a number of makers, and most of them are copies of the Winchester M-92.  We have two, a .357, and a .45 Colt, and they are a delight to shoot, and really quite accurate for what they are, plus they will handle the hottest handloads you'd dare put in a revolver.

    Getting into rifle cartridges, it's mostly .30-30, but the Hornady LeveRevolution ammo puts the .30-30 into the "200 yard gun" category.  When putting The Minion's rifle together, I was really impressed with the accuracy it showed, especially past the 100 yard mark.  It's not a benchrest gun, but it will deliver 3-inch groups at 200 yards all day long, and that's more than enough for any hunting situation this side of the Mississippi river.  (Thus far, The Minion's best group is 1.62" at 100 yards, but it's a new rifle for her, and they are still getting acquainted.)

    As stated, they aren't for everybody, but they are great hunting tools, and lots of fun to shoot!  You owe it to yourself to check them out!

    IIRC, the lever guns in handgun calibres are also a bit cheaper are they not? So, if for instance, I wanted a car gun...  :hmm. The .357 magnum lever action might not be such a bad choice.
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    « Reply #45 on: June 03, 2017, 10:22:08 PM »
    A .357 out of a 20 inch barrel doesn't give up much to a .30-30, at typical lever gun ranges.  Or a 16 inch bbl Trapper version is not much heavier than a 4 inch GP-100, but you lose a little of the velocity advantage.

    And I think that Hornady  makes the LeveRevolution ammo in .357, which would be really fun.
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    « Reply #46 on: June 04, 2017, 12:34:27 AM »
    A .357 out of a 20 inch barrel doesn't give up much to a .30-30, at typical lever gun ranges.  Or a 16 inch bbl Trapper version is not much heavier than a 4 inch GP-100, but you lose a little of the velocity advantage.

    And I think that Hornady  makes the LeveRevolution ammo in .357, which would be really fun.

    And you can't forget that capacity advantage!  :cool
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

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    « Reply #47 on: June 04, 2017, 01:00:21 AM »
    Yeah, the 16-inch versions are 6 + 1, while the 20-inch ones are usually 10+1.  And if that silly safety on the Rossi bothers you,  Skinner makes an excellent peep sight that will replace it quite nicely
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    « Reply #48 on: June 04, 2017, 09:36:43 PM »
    I firmly believe that you can't be a Gun Guy if you're without a Lever Action Rifle or a Pump Action Shotgun.  Ideally, at least one of each.
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    « Reply #49 on: June 04, 2017, 10:31:43 PM »
    That is darned good looking rifle.
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