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I have an opportunity to purchase a Marlin 336 30-30 that my father used to carry. My uncle, who owned the gun, recently passed away and his gun collection is being liquidated to help pay for my aunt's healthcare. I would really like to find out what year it was made. It has a serial number of 309171 and the folks handling the estate sale estimate it to be from the 1920-30's. I tried the oldguns.net site but that number doesn't come up for a 336. I am working from list provided by the estate so I am unable to verify the number. The asking price is $350 and they say they will consider reasonable offers. What is a good price and where can I find the year of manufacture? I know no pictures means a best guess for value but is it possible for this rifle to be worth that much?Can anyone help?
 

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I may be wrong but the 336 didn't come into production until 1948. Last one I bought was less than 10 years ago and paid less than $350 for it.
 

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The Model 36 was made from 1937 - 1947.

I know of no place to find those serial number, not saying there isn't a place.

The Model 336 was made from 1948 to present or whenever they stopped.

The serial number from 1948 - 1968 will have a letter or two letter prefix.

1968 could be AD or 68, 1970 -70, 1971- 71, 1972 - 72.

Serial numbers after 1972, take the first two numbers and subtract from 100.

Without seeing the gun we can't tell you what you have. But it could be a 1970.

30 - 100 = 70


Post a picture of the gun or one like it and we can tell you more.

The RED is not correct.
 

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The Model 36 was made from 1937 - 1947.


Without seeing the gun we can't tell you what you have. But it could be a 1970.

30 - 100 = 70

Post a picture of the gun or one like it and we can tell you more.
Actually, it probably isn't a 1970. In that year, Marlin's Centennial, the first two digits indicate the year of manufacture. I'm not sure for how many years this rule applies, but I've seen a centennial model 336 with 69 as the first two digits, indicating late 1969 manufacture. AND a 1970 would have a medallion embedded in the stock, commemorating the centennial year.

I bought a very nice model 336 a couple of years ago for $240 from Gander Mountain.
 

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Yes, you are correct Buffalochip.

If it was a 1970 the serial would start with 70.

I shouldn't reply to questions before I have a cup of coffee in the morning. :D

Another mistake in my post above, starting in 1968 - 1972 marlin used the actual year as the prefix.

1969 could be AD or 68
1969 - 69
1970 - 70
1971 - 71
1972 - 72
 

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Average price for a used Marlin 336 in the largest gun stoe in central Pa. last week was $350 depending on condition, some over $400. Winchester 94"s were between 50 to 100 dollars less, all depending on condition. My advice. It's been in the family a long time..buy it. You'll regret in later years if you don't. .
 

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offer them $300 and it will be yours.....those Marlin's are a nice rifle...and since it belonged to your Dad....it's probably worth more to you then that!! Don't waste time...get it bought!!
 
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