Gun Report

Marlin 336W .30-30

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In this test, the Marlin is a clear winner. It shot better, handled better, and had overall better workmanship, in our view.

Marlin 336W .30-30

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Hunting
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The Marlin's checkering was sharp, and in our view, helped the gun's handling. Also, the provided sling was a good match for this .30-30. Basically, this gun was ready to hunt with (after sight in) right out of the box.
Yes, it's a little thing, but a lot of little things add up to a best buy. The Marlin came with sling swivels installed, a nicety notably missing from the Winchester.
The hood over the front sight serves double duty. Of course, it provides protection for the front blade--no small consideration on a brush gun. But it also kept glare off the bead, which improved our ability to shoot the gun. For better contrast, the Marlin's bead is white.

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