SEARS (Marlin 336)

Discussion in 'Marlin' started by Plumber, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    I got this Marlin 336 in 1962, from Sears. It's marked: 103.451 MODEL 45 CAL 30-30 SEARS. Serial # Y20822. The books say It was made in 1964, but I have had this gun since 1962. My question is, did Marlin make this gun only for sears in this exact configuration. It has a 19 1/2" barrel, with 6 lands and grooves, and a walnut stock. See photo.
    Terry
     

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  2. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    Correction. It has a 20" barrel.
    It has the full length Mag. like the RC model, and an end cap on the forend.
     

  3. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Evangelist

    Sounds about average for the time period.

    Back in the day, Sears was an Upper-Quality level shopping place.
    Now, they do imports & cheap stuff like everyone else, and the wimps quit carrying guns.
     
  4. Yes,

    it is about right to be a Marlin made for Sears.

    Sears was once important (hard to believe now) and had (gasp) real products made in America plus (I may faint) top quality customer service.

    Now Sears is a has been company in the sense of being at the top of the totem pole. The Amarillo store is of obviously less quality than Target. The Amarillo store is poorly staffed, poorly trained, and seems unable to decide if it wants to be like WalMart or one of the stores in the same mall such as Dillard's.
     
  5. CAV88

    CAV88 G&G Newbie

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    i cant really answer your question but i have a 336 thats a bit newer, and i like your stock better i think, you have a very nice gun there sir
     
  6. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    I think I have a better photo. I'll try to post it.
     

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  7. texnmidwest

    texnmidwest Sir Loin of Beef Forum Contributor

    Marlin, Winchester and others made rifles and shotguns for a lot of the big box stores including Sears, Montgomery Wards, Western Auto and more.
     
  8. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    The wood just isn't comming up very well. I'll try a close up.
     

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  9. I still like craftsman.... I don't know how many times I've taken a broken wrench or socket back to them for my dad after he was playing mechanic on his skidder or sawhead. Yeah, he didn't exactly read the manual on the proper uses for a wrench..... a lot of in the back woods rigging went on in the log woods!

    As far as Marlin making a gun for Sears, that's not the first Marlin I've seen/heard of that Marlin made with Sears on it. It is one cool piece of American history, well kept as well.
     
  10. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    You can't beat craftsman hand tools or their warrantee. But I wouldn't buy their power tools.
    Sears does sell the best water heaters, and for a very good price.
     
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  11. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Evangelist

    I have a Black & Decker drill that has lasted longer than 3 Craftsman drills...
    All I need for the B&D Firestorm is replacement batteries ;)
     
  12. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    Hay, Big shrek, the Marlin Specialist.
    Mabe you can tell me. Why does my marlin from Sears have a full mag. tube like the 336RC, but the end cap like the 336SC.
    The auto companies would call this a crossovers.

    Oh ya. And what's with the Y in the serial #. That stands for 1964. My Dad bought me this gun in 1962. Believe me I know, because when you're a kid two years seems like forever!
    Terry
     

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  13. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Evangelist

    I purchased my first 336RC a few months ago, I'm still learning about the variations.

    Just happened to get lucky & snagged a 1951 Waffle-Top in a trade at a pawn shop for a 1976 Banjo.
    I KNOW I got the better end of that deal ;)

    I dunno...that kinda looks like a V to me...could go either way...
    but it would make more sense for that to be a 1961 V-code.

    Marlinowners.com is where I go for lever-action info :D
     
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  14. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    If it was a V it would have been made from Aug. "60" to Aug. "61". But if you look at the underside of the bolt, it's clearly a y.

    I've been to Marlinowners, and havn't gotten an answer there either.

    Great find on that "51" Waffle-top. How about a picture?
    Terry
     
  15. big shrek

    big shrek G&G Evangelist

    The only thing I can guess is that someone grabbed the wrong letter when they started marking the date codes...

    Or you're remembering the year wrong ;)

    Heck, I'm lucky when I remember my wifey's birthday...
     
  16. blaster

    blaster G&G Evangelist

    Sears guns usually have a slight variation from the standard factory guns. My Sears mod. 74 is nothing but a Winchester mod. 94 with a shorter magazine tube and different sights. my J.C. Higgens 20 ga. pump looks slightly different from a normal High Standard Flight King. they are still as good mechanicly as their name brand counter parts.
     
  17. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    Blaster,
    My first 12ga was my dad's old J.C. Higgens (Flight King). It had a cutts compensator on it. It worked OK until they came out with plastic wad/shot cups. Those darn things would get jammed up in there, and I'd have to take the choke off and clean them out.
    Terry
     
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  18. Plumber

    Plumber G&G Addict

    Ya, but what's more important, your wifey's birthday or your first deer?
    (I mean to you, not her)

    I could hardly rember the year wrong. In Minnesota you can't hunt big game until you're 12 and take firearm safty. I missed the class that year and had to waite until next year. To a twelve year old it seemed an eternity. The next year I signed up early, and got my certificate. My Dad bought me the gun from Sears, and I got my first deer on opening day that first year. That's something you never forget. I rember how old I was, who I hunted with, how I felt when I first saw that deer, and how I felt when I thought I'd missed him. He ran about 100 feet to the north and died.
    Here is a photo of me the day I shot my first deer at 13, and a photo of me from a high school yearbook in 1964. Note Beatles haircut of the time.
     

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