Re: scope for marlin 336
Juststartingout, in reading some of the posts here; it is obvious that there are some gentlemen who are content to remain in a state of blissful ignorance. As you have impressed me as an individual who wishes to get the best from his Marlin rifle, please allow me to suggest that you visit Marlin Owners and click on the forum link there. When you do you will find forums for the standard Model 336 (30/30, 32 Special, and 35 Rem), for vintage Marlin levers like the Model 93, for odd Marlin 336 calibers (219 Zipper, 356 Win, 375 Win, etc), the new Marlin Express traditional lever guns (308/338MX-XLR models), and the big bores such as the Model 1895 in 45/70 and 450 Marlin. Everything you ever wanted to know about Marlin lever rifles can be found there; and then some, and posted by folks who actually know what they're talking about. There are no shortage of postings/pictures there of 100 yard lever gun groups that can be covered with a quarter. and plenty of pics of all variety of game taken with Marlin levers in various calibers from elephants to varmints. The 30/30 has been brought into the 21st Century with the Hornady Leverevolution ammo, and members there have recorded one-shot kills on deer with 30/30 levers and Hornady FTX ammo out to nearly 300 yards. The Hornady FTX is amazing stuff; I've personally dropped the hammer on, and killed 12 Whitetail deer with Hornady FTX ammo over the past four years using 32 Special and 308/338ME FTX, all were bang flops. Prior to becoming reacquainted with the traditional lever gun, I hunted deer with my Belgium Browning Safari 30/06 bolt gun for 25-30 years; but retired that gun after the first time I shot the Marlin 338MX. I haven't used it; or another bolt gun since, and I'm not the only one! As to your trigger, there is an aftermarket drop-in trigger unit made for Marlin levers called the Wild West Happy Trigger and sold by an Alaskan company called Wild West Guns (they make custom Marlin lever guns in wild and weird calibers like the .50 Alaskan); but on Marlin Owners you will find a thread there that shows you step by step how to custom tune your trigger. There are other discussions on how barrel bands impact accuracy and instructions on how to make adjustment there; detailed discussion topics on hand-loading; etc. but if you do visit this site be careful, as you could become infected with "Marlinitis"; but hey if do, that condition is not nearly so dreadful and tragic as one of the other self-inflicted maladies that we call "ignorance"!