Marlin 336 hangs when opening

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing' started by Goodblades, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Goodblades

    Goodblades New Member

    I have a Marlin Model 336 caliber 30-30 (Made in 1963) that hangs occasionally when I try to open the lever. It hangs when the lever is open about 1/2 inch. Usually it will open if I close the lever and then re-open it. It dosen't do this every time and does it very seldom if I work the lever fast. Does anybody else have this problem? Does anybody know how to fix it? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
  2. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

    Welcome to the forum
    Are you using Leverevolution ammo?
    Are all of the screws tight?
    Are you fully cycling the lever, not short stroking it?

  3. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

    Welcome to the forum!! Gotta be careful on that 'short strokin'. lol
  4. Groffeaston

    Groffeaston Active Member

    Hello, That sounds exactly like my father's old Marlin 336 .30-30win rifle made by J.C. Higgins for Sears & Roebuck in the mid to late 1950's. He had to sell it in early October because we needed money to buy food. He hated to sell it, but we needed the money for food! He was even thinking about seeing if the Gun shop still had it and buy it back! lol
  5. Goodblades

    Goodblades New Member

    Thanks guys for the answers to my question. Unfortunately none of these answers helped. I'm still working on an answer.
  6. pdude

    pdude Member

    Try checking the screws on the receiver. I've seen levers jam up when the screws aren't tight as they loosen over time. Once I loctited them they haven't jammed up.
  7. Groffeaston

    Groffeaston Active Member

    Tightening the screws and using a little loctite, sounds like it should be the answer to your problem. If not then I would have a gunsmith check it out. It could be a bent lever or improperly aligned lever, or something on the inside could be loose, causing it to not "lock" or close up all the way against the stock the way it is supposed to.

    I have seen a lot of the older Marlins that were like that, had the lever not close tight against the stock all the way. Heck even some of the old Winchesters do that. So it might just be loose screws, and all that needs to be done is to tighten them up a little, I would use Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242 to keep the screws from slipping loose.

    I hope that helps.
  8. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

    Thread moved to the correct subforum: Gunsmithing