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How to translate the Marlin model identifiers

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New to the forum and new to Marlin (don't have one - yet). I have been casually interested in the 336 models for decades. When I look at various ads for used guns, I never know what I am looking at or what to look for. Is there a translation guide to the various 336nn models?

Do the model codes distinguish between rifle length or carbine, caliber differences, stock wood differences, metal finish differences, tapped for scope etc?

Thanks for any info or pointers anyone can provide.

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Welcome aboard....there's a whole lot of info needs to be covered to answer your question. As a matter of fact it would take a whole book...that book is called Brophy's.

There are literally hundreds of models, numbers and letter combinations. Can you narrow down the field for us as to what you like or are trying to find, example...older model, new model, short barrel, long barrel, caliber choice?
welcome blue man , what caliber are you lookin for? There`s a lot of options for that to..
I am specifically interested in the 336 models, pistol grip stock and probably caliber .30-30. I would lean more to older models (40's through 70's) unless there is a reason to consider more modern. Not too interested in the Remington built models.
Don't have a specific use or application in mind, just always liked the looks of them. I prefer simple over ornate, but walnut over birch. Don't need checkering unless it significantly improves the handling. I would even consider a matte finish or parked if there is such a thing.

I'll have to look for Brophy's book, thanks for the tip.
Mine is the 336w with the birch stock its a great rifle. I picked it up for $150 at a gun shop 10 years ago with 8 rounds fired thru it. Helps to know the shop owner HAHA
Seems you may be looking for the various model codes since the date codes are easy to find.
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336A = Rifle w/24" bbl, PG stock
336ADL = Deluxe Rifle, w/checkering, swivels, & MC stock
336BL = Big Loop lever
336D (LTD)= Ported 16" Carbine, .35 Remington, straight stock
336 Deluxe = Upgraded Walnut stocks w/checkering
336ER = Extra Range, chambered in .356 Winchester, PG stock
336M = Marauder, w/16" bbl & full-length magazine, straight stock
336MXLR = stainless Steel, lamo PG stock, w/24" bbl, chambered for .338 Marlin
336MLR = Blued Carbon Steel, walnut PG stock, chambered for .338 Marlin
336RC (now "C") = Regular Carbine w/20" bbl & full-length magazine, PG stock
336SC = Sporting Carbine w/20" bbl & 2/3 length magazine, PG stock
336SS = Stainless/Safety
336T = Texan w/18-1/2" or 20" bbl & full-length magazine, straight stock
336DT = Deluxe Texan, checkering, Texas map in stock
336W = Walnut or Walnut-stained hardwood stocked RC
336XLR = Stainless Steel, lamo PG stock
336Y = Youth model RC
336-375 = Chambered for .375 Winchester
336-44 = RC chambered in .44 Rem Mag
336-444 = A model, chambered for .444 Marlin w/Monte Carlo buttstock

An "S" suffix on a model number/lettering usually indicated the update/addition of the crossbolt safety - as in: 336AS.

Walnut was used for directly-Marlin-sold rifles with non-lamo stocks; Walnut-stained hardwood was used for the stocks of rifles sold through mass marketeers like WalMart, K-Mart, Western Auto, etc.

The same Model 336 action was used for all .308 Marlin Express, .338 Marlin Express, .356 Winchester, .375 Winchester, .444 Marlin, .450 Marlin, .45-70, and Marlin Model 1895 & Glenfield CF - rifles & carbines - with minor modifications to the internals & mag tube for the larger bores.

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This is a very good list with a few minor errors. Most notably is the fact that the 336 and 1895 are two separate platforms.

The 1895 is or was chamber for the .444, .45-70 and the .450. Also the receivers on the .308 and .338 have a different barrel thread pattern than the other 336 models.
So if I delete that last paragraph , it is a good start ?
Awesome, exactly the kind of info I was looking for. So If I see a 336C with any other modifier, I can assume it is still a 20" carbine with a full length mag tube? For example a 336CS?


I presume I should still get Brophy's book though.
1894...This is a great list!!!
Awesome, exactly the kind of info I was looking for. So If I see a 336C with any other modifier, I can assume it is still a 20" carbine with a full length mag tube? For example a 336CS?


I presume I should still get Brophy's book though.
The 336 CS would be a 1983 or newer. 1983 was the first year with a cross bolt safety.
I have the Brophy book, but it's not 100% accurate.
I just bought a used .30.30 marlin. I can I tell what the date of mfg is. Thx
Google search on Marlin date codes. Any number of sites with the info. Basically the leading digits or characters of the serial indicate the year of manufacture. Some sites are more precise than others. Some sites suggest that a date code may span across more than one year. Others state that a date code is one year only. No idea which is more correct
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