Gun Fight, Winchester 94 vs Marlin 336

Discussion in 'Firearms' started by Oddcaliber, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. Oddcaliber

    Oddcaliber Monkey++

    Both are lever action in the classic 30/30. Same mag capacity. Go!
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  2. I wish Marlin's owners would offer more straight stocks. I have small hands and have never liked pistol grip stocks.
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  3. 3M-TA3

    3M-TA3 Cold Wet Monkey Site Supporter++

    It's not the tool it's the operator. I'll take the one that's closest.
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  4. apache235

    apache235 Monkey+++

    Old Winchester over Marlin, until you want to put glass on it. Marlin wins that one. I hate the stupid safety on the new Winchesters
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  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    I own one of each... The 94 SaddleRing Carbine is an Old Friend from my Hippy Days, and the Marlin I got from my Godfather when he moved to the Nursing Home... 45 years ago... Both are ready for use... neither is favored over the other....
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  6. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    I had the 94 years ago , it always seemed to be hard chambering the rounds , then my grandfather took it to a gunsmith , he did some work to it and made it operate 100% better . I've got the 336 now ,got a good deal on it ,, it's a lot smoother action than I remember the 94 being . I took the 94 years back , drove a 16 penny nail thru the center of a quarter , backed away from it till I just could see the quarter , and tried to finish driving the nail with the round , with iron sights . I never hit the nail ,, but I hit the quarter a few times . Never tried that with the 336 . That's the best I got for ya .
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  7. JLRhiner

    JLRhiner Stranger in the Modern World

    I, too, have both. The 94 is lighter than the 336. None with the "safety".
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  8. SB21

    SB21 Monkey+++

    Something else I will add . a friend of mine bought a 94 from Walmart a few years ago , I never fired it , but cocked it a few times trying out the action , and it wasn't as smooth as you might think a new rifle should be . And it felt like it may be a cheaper version , it was like the edges of the rifle around the trigger guard needed to be filed or just smoothed out , they were just sharp , like it had small ridges around them . Just for your info .
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  9. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    The newer winchester 94ae rifles don't seem to usually be as accurate as the Marlins.
    I have a 94ae and it's a struggle to get 4 inches at 100 yards.
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  10. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Older vs. older= Chevy vs.Ford.
    Love them both. I do like the side eject.
    I do not believe in scopes on lever guns. I just don't. WTF do you need a scope on a rifle that is chambered in 30.30? It's a brush gun. If you are trying to hit something farther than175- 200 yrds MAX with a lever 30.30 you need more gun-go get one. I am 56. Will turn 57 in a few weeks, wear bifocals and have for a number of years. I can still see the irons on my thirdythirdys. If a person can't, why not step up to something more suitable for a scope? If a person just has to mount a scope on one, then choose the Marlin. My[2c]
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
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  11. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Grudge Monkey

    Love them both, BUT, find the Winny to be Faster, but the Marlin to be more accurate, I find the pistol grip makes the Marlin point more naturally, and makes shooting more precise! For a fighting iron, the Winny wins hands down, when speed counts, it rocks!
    Now, take it up a notch to .45/70 and it's a whole nother ball game, and that's OWNED by Marlin!
    Out side of that, Give me a Winny 1895 and all bets are off, it schools them all!
  12. Oltymer

    Oltymer Monkey++

    Winny 94 in 30-30 for me, nice and skinny for fast handling, and I can catch my brass coming back down after an eject. Irons are accurate enough for woods white tail hunting where cast bullets work like a charm.
  13. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    Shot both at one point in time Win vs Marlin
    Both are short,Loud as _uck and kick like a mule.
    Don't own either one....However I'll stick with my 45/70's
  14. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    Dude, don't be such a girl...:D

    TBH the 45-70 recoil is more like a shove vs. a sharper "kick" from the .30-30.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2020
  15. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    LOL,and we forgot,Slings twice the lead.
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  16. Tully Mars

    Tully Mars Metal weldin' monkey

    More than.
    Average .30-30 is what, 150grns? What are you chunkin out 500grn?
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  17. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

    330 grain hps for the deer,hog's and every so often a trash panda
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  18. Gator 45/70

    Gator 45/70 Monkey+++

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  19. oil pan 4

    oil pan 4 Monkey+++

    I have noticed all the really interesting bullets start at 338.
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