Originally Posted By axl:
Buddy brought over a new Marlin 336XLR .35 Rem, 24" SS Bbl, last night. It was jammed tight. Lever open, bullet hung up down low. Took a couple of minutes but after removing the lever ( was under a lot of tension) I was able to raise up the bullet and push it into the chamber area and dump it out. Next round followed it and it got stuck too. Finally got them all out. I reloaded gun and they all chambered and ejected fine. The gun is a new 336 in .35 rem. The rounds were the new Leverevolutions. When asked what was wrong, why, and would it do it again I didn't have an answer. I think the pointed bullets are jamming somehow. Friend is a new hunter and not really a gun person. Needless to say he was disappointed. I recommended he take a back up gun on his trips. Think he paid $600 plus for it. Anyone else have this problem?
According to lore the .35 Remington has a special problem with Leverevolution bullets. Marlin uses the same size magazine tube for all calibers of 336, and as the .30-30 has a considerably larger rim than the .35 Remington, this results in a considerable gap between the rim of the .35 Rem and the inside of the magazine tube. If the tip of one of the Gummi bullets gets between the rim and the magazine tube, it can get wedged in there and jam the gun. The last I heard there were two solutions, use regular ammo, or load the gun with one gummi in the chamber and one in the tube. I'll look around and see if anybody has come up with a better solution.
EDIT: Following up, some folk report that if you are very careful about how you load the ammo into the magazine, you can get it to run reliably. http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php/topic,21856.0.html