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Posted: June 27 2017 at 1:00pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Guy's upcoming bear hunt started me thinking of maybe using the 30-30 for the coming hunting season. I picked up this 336Y a few years back. I didn't like the walnut- finished birch color, so I stripped the finish and scorched the stock and then put on another finish.

The 336Y is Marlin's youth model lever 30-30. It makes a very fine "stand/walkin'round" rifle even for us old folks.

I bought this rifle new and it is made from Marlin parts that were assembled by Remington. Technically, it is a Remlin but this one came out nearly perfect. It shoots quite well for a lever action.

Looking for a little ballistic advantage that might provide a little more retained velocity, I tried Nosler's 125gr. ballistic tip bullets with the tips bobbed off. I used my Dremel to take the tips off and it took only a couple minutes.

I tried only one powder. Alliant's RL-7 at a 30gr. charge and was pleasantly surprised at 25yd. I have some additional powders that may prove even better. Bobbing the tips and loading only as a two-shooter should be just fine.

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I think it will work with the bobbed tips.

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Posted: June 27 2017 at 5:43pm | IP Logged Quote Rex

Ever try any of Hornady's Leverevolution powder? (or however it is spelled) I've never messed with it but it don't look bad on paper.
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Posted: June 27 2017 at 6:00pm | IP Logged Quote joed

Somewhere I have dies for the .30-30 but haven't broke them out
yet.    I really need dies for the .35 Rem though, that one is hard to
find, and in most cases only in Hornady.

My thoughts were to use Varget in the .30-30 because I have it and
the manual shows good loads for it.   Darn if I can decide on a bullet
though.

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Posted: June 28 2017 at 6:58am | IP Logged Quote The_Shadow

My little Marlin 30-30 really likes those Speer 130
grain bullets using 35.5 grains of IMR3031.

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Neighbor across the road bought one of these last year when Walmart had em on sale. He's 6'2" and close to 300 lbs. It fit him like a Red Ryder BB gun fits us.
He saw doller signs and not a properly fitted rifle...

So I installed a recoil pad of greater than normal thickness to extend the length of pull. He whined about the sights (they were fine) and I installed a set of Williams 5D peep on the rear and a fiber optic front sight with and oval opening cut into the sight hood for additional light. Now it fits him better and he can't complain about the sights anymore. Every now and then I'll ask if he's bought anymore kid's guns lately.

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Posted: June 28 2017 at 12:36pm | IP Logged Quote Ham Gunner

Somewhere close to this powder/bullet combo would likely bring decent results. It did for my FIL's 94 Win. A scoped rifle would surely close up the group a whole bunch as my eyes with the stock sights were just not all that good of a match up.

94 Win. 30-30 with Lyman 31141

I sized the bullet at .311 using around 15-16 BHN alloy. Absolutely no leading in this Winchester.

The three holes to the right side were fired first before I drifted the rear sight a tap or two.

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Posted: June 28 2017 at 4:30pm | IP Logged Quote Buffalogun

Rex,
I haven't used any LVR powder but it does look promising and if I find any locally I plan to give it a try. It might let me shoot 150's as fast as the 125-130 bullet weights over other powders. This little carbine has a 16.5" barrel and there is a little velocity loss compared to the longer 20" tubes. LVR might overcome that loss. The sleek shape of the ballistic tips retain velocity better than the typical bullets designed for the 30-30.

Joe,
My 35 Remington dies are LEE brand and they work very well. I bought my rifle used and it was made back in 1990. It is a very smooth and accurate rifle after having been shot quite a bit through the years. I am using .357" bullets.

Wade,
I have some of Speer's 130gr, 150gr, and 170gr bullets that I may try. The 170's might be a tad slow in this short barrel. Also, have some Sierra 125gr. FNHP's.

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I cut an opening in the hood of this 336Y, too. It made a big difference in being able to pick up the front sight.


Rick,
I have the 311041 mould and that is another option for this little carbine. That's good grouping with cast bullets. I may give it a try later.



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I'm going to have to dig out my dies and see what they are. Only Lee
dies I have are the FCD and I'd like to have a set for the .30-30. I'm
sold on the FCD dies, I buy them for anything I need a roll crimp on.

The .336 Marlin is from 1968, it is a very smooth action compared to
the 94.    The 94 is from 66 and was owned by a mounted horse
police dept in town.   It actually has a steel butt pad, something I've
never seen on post 64 Winchesters.



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Posted: June 29 2017 at 9:59am | IP Logged Quote REM1875

Man I love that little gun --just wish it was in 35 Rem.


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Posted: July 29 2017 at 8:58am | IP Logged Quote Loudenboomer

Hogdon LVR powder works excellent in a narrow application window. It's a outstanding 30-30 powder.
I shoot 150's at safe pressures and 2500 FPS in a 20" barrel.
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