Marlin Rifles was able to attract developed breakthrough and enduring models, such as Models 1891 and 1893. Today known as Models 39 and 336 respectively, they are the oldest shoulder arm designs in the world still being produced. The lever action 22 repeater (now Model 39) even became the favorite of many exhibition shooters, including the great Annie Oakley.
Having used this caliber at home in VT on deer (Hornady flex tip ammo), I can honestly say that it hits with authority that seems beyond just its paper ballistics. With the Remingon Core-lokt ammo (which seems to 'hold together' better than the Federal or Winchester loads which are clearly designed for small deer bodies), I would not hesitate to try for a moose or an elk within 100 yards. Recoil is very mild, much less than my 30-06 Ruger, and at woods ranges, it really is lighter, easier to carry, and every bit as effective as it needs to be. Also, the Hornady ammo put two rounds into 1 hole at the 100 yard range. Bob Anderson Fairfax, VA - ROBERT
I purchased the 336W 30-30WCF and it shoots dead on 1/4 from center right. I have shot 106 rounds since last week at the rifle range at a 100 yards.
It is ready for deer season in September. This is my first
30-30 lever action rifle for hunting. Marlin Arms builds a better lever action than Winchester. - R. K.