336 in 44 mag

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Woodsloafer2
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336 in 44 mag

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Anyone have any experience with a Marlin 336 in 44mag? Thinking of picking up a lever gun in 44. Thinking of either an 1894 or 336. Kind of leaning towards the 1894 but would consider a 336. With the 336 longer action i wonder how the feeding works? Thanks for any info you would like to offer....
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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The 336 has never been made in the shorter pistol calibers, but in rifle calibers such as 30-30, 35 Rem, 32 Spl, 375 Win, 38-55. Seems like I've left one or two out, but...
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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Woodsloafer2 wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 4:58 pm
Anyone have any experience with a Marlin 336 in 44mag? Thinking of picking up a lever gun in 44. Thinking of either an 1894 or 336. Kind of leaning towards the 1894 but would consider a 336. With the 336 longer action i wonder how the feeding works? Thanks for any info you would like to offer....
we made a lot of meat with an 1894. it's a straight shooter. box stock 240gr jsp is a deer hammer.. easy carry and handling. no complaints EXCEPT the slow twist rate. if you shoot heavy for caliber you might not find a suitable twist barrel for the 1894. I've not seen 44 in the 336, but have shot my son's 444. got a kick out of that one.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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Actually, Marlin DID make a 336 in 44 mag. I had one with the sticker still on the forearm, Never did shoot it before someone wanted it more than me.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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Rockrat wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:50 pm
Actually, Marlin DID make a 336 in 44 mag. I had one with the sticker still on the forearm, Never did shoot it before someone wanted it more than me.
Interesting ! I've never heard or read of these. Thanks for the heads up.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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TraderVic wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:58 pm
Rockrat wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:50 pm
Actually, Marlin DID make a 336 in 44 mag. I had one with the sticker still on the forearm, Never did shoot it before someone wanted it more than me.
Interesting ! I've never heard or read of these. Thanks for the heads up.
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There's some discussion about them here:
https://www.levergunscommunity.org/view ... hp?t=40817
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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I had a 44 mag 336 for a while. Mine wouldn't run with anything much over SAAMI OAL and didnt like SWCs at all. Marlin dropped the chambering when they reintroduced the 1894 and I'd go that route if I wanted a Marlin 44 mag. The 336 is more rifle than needed for the chambering, you're just toting extra wieght.

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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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I've seen three or four of the 336 in 44 mag for sale in the past 15 or so years.
They last made them in the 60's. I know they were a commercial failure.
Some were good, some were bad! From memory I think they were made for four or five years.
The receiver was a bit to long for a pistol bullet.
I would roll the dice and purchase one due to the rarity of the model.
I passed up a unfired 336 in 44 mag. made in the mid 60's with a saddle ring for $800.00.
In hindsight I wish I had bought it!
I'm sure someone with much more gun smarts will be along soon to fill in the blanks.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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TraderVic wrote:
Mon Jun 20, 2022 6:39 pm
The 336 has never been made in the shorter pistol calibers, but in rifle calibers such as 30-30, 35 Rem, 32 Spl, 375 Win, 38-55. Seems like I've left one or two out, but...
I don't think this is correct. I have seen a number of the 336 guns chambered in .44 mag.

If it was me, I would find a good 94. I have one in stainless with a Skinner sight setup. Great shooter but mine likes jacketed bullets more than cast.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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I was sooooo tempted to re-chamber mine to 445 Super Mag, but figured the pressure of those loads would have been way more than the 336 would handle and didn't want to have brass with two different pressure level loads. Course, with that said, I have to do that with my 357mag because of my FA 353 Casull
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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I’ve had a pair of the 336-44 carbines . They’re micro groove and I shot cast in both . Some said they didn’t feed well and jammed . I suppose if you wanna be Chuck Conners as the Rifleman that may very well be the case , but if you work the lever in a more sane fashion I saw no issue .
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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I've seen a couple 336's in 44 but never owned one. I've heard they can be balky feeders but I can't confirm that. I have a 94 Winchester in 44. I'd heard the same about those, but mine feeds like greased snot, so who knows.

Like mentioned above, if I saw a deal on one I'd buy it. Give it a try, and if it doesn't do it for you, flip it for a profit and buy something else.
All things being equal, I'd rather the 1894 Marlin if I wanted a 44. It's more compact, and perportioned to the cartridge.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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The 336 in .44 was problematic. The action could cycle the shorter cartridge, but everything had to line up j-u-s-t so, and essentially you never knew if you were getting a "good one" or not until you shot it. In the end, they weren't manufactured for long and the 1904 was reissued. They are rare enough to be considered somewhat collectable, but I wouldn't buy one for a shooter unless I could shoot it first because getting the wonky ones straight was not easy.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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One just sold on Gunbroker for $2100. Guess I won't be getting one of those! I will have to take a look at the Winchesters but the 94 seems the way to go right now. Thanks for all the input!
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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Unless you are really not wanting a Henry, they do have a .44 Mag levergun that seems pretty good. They are not cheap.
https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/big-boy ... side-gate/
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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piller wrote:
Thu Jun 23, 2022 8:52 am
Unless you are really not wanting a Henry, they do have a .44 Mag levergun that seems pretty good. They are not cheap.
https://www.henryusa.com/rifles/big-boy ... side-gate/
yeah, they aren't cheap but it seems like last time I checked the used marlins were going for a lot of money on gun broker.

I think a less expensive alternative would be a Rossi R92.

I think both Rossi and Henry have 44mgs in several configurations (barrel lengths, etc.).

I bet Winchester (japan) has a 44 mag 1892 as well.
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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Thanks for the input!
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Re: 336 in 44 mag

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A good JM Marlin 1894 in 44 mags the way to go!
Good shooter and minimal weight.
The prices on them have skyrocketed the past few years!
Especially the 1894 in 357!
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