Posted 6 months ago
1948 Marlin 336A & 336RC Lever-Action Rifles
Finally got all my rifles in the new safe. I had to move several other rifles to get these pictures. The picture of the safe shows Marlin waffle tops 1948-1952 & a 1953 336sc. If any one is counting, there's two 1948s and two 1951s pictured.
These guns are old and have a few nicks and dings here and there. They were made to be carried through the woods and used for hunting. A lot of soldiers fresh from the war bought these rifles and were able to enjoy their freedom at last.
This is a pair of Marlin 1948 Waffle Top 336 lever-actions rifles chambered in .30-30. The waffle top was produced by Marlin from 1948 to 1952. You can see the waffle type pattern on top of the receiver. In 1953 the waffle top was replaced with a smooth top receiver.
The 1948-52 waffle tops also featured Ballard rifling. In 1953 the rifling was replaced with the microgroove rifling. Microgroove was cheaper and easier to manufacture. Microgroove barrels are rifled by forcing a carbide button through the bore, cutting or ironing out the grooves.
The 336A features a 24" barrel and has a hooded front sight. The 336RC (regular carbine) has a 20" barrel. Marlin made a few variations such as the 336SC(sport carbine) which has a shorter magazine tube vs the RC that has a magazine tube that is the same length as the barrel. The difference can be seen in my safe pictures.
Both rifles pictured are the first year of the 336 and have the early style butt pad. Also note the small white dot...that is referred to as the Marlin Bullseye. Many think this is a sling mount, it is NOT! Some expert say the Marlin bullseye helps a buyer recognize a Marlin while in the gun rack at the gun store.
The Model 336 is a direct replacement of the Marlin Model 1893 rifle which was manufactured from 1893 to 1936.
In 1936, with only minor changes to the stock, forearm, and sights, the Model 1893 was redesignated the Model 1936 (soon renamed the Model 36).
The marlin rifles featured a solid-top receiver made of forged steel and incorporated side ejection of fired cartridges.
In 1948, the Model 36 was replaced by the Model 336,