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Posted: 3/15/2011 2:01:09 AM EST
Hi, Folks. My newest project idea is to cut down the barrel and magazine tube of a standard-length lever-gun, effectively making a trapper-style gun from it. I have a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington that is just begging me for it. I also want to make one in .44 magnum.

My question is, what does the collective think? I'm not looking to chopping up a collectible gun, or anything like that. Btw, I got the tools, experience, and skills to do this.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:43:30 AM EST
Do it! What are you waiting on?
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 9:07:35 AM EST
I have cut down numerous marlins 336, 1894 and 1895 and since it’s your gun who cares what others think cut it down you will love how it handles. I’m currently working on 2 1895 marlins one is a guide gun cut down to 16.5” and the other is a 1895CB cut to 18”. I’m sure there is some one out there that would be upset about me cutting down the cowboy but it just works better for me being shorter and is a lot easier to carry in a scabbard on a horse.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 11:47:01 PM EST
Up here the woods can get pretty thick and brushy. A short gun aims quickly. FWIW, I did try hunting with a handgun, but it just feels weird to me.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 2:26:36 AM EST
Your gun, your choice. Unless it's an older NIB gun you happened to stumble upon, there's nothing collectible about a .35 Remington Marlin 336. I'm thinking of shortening my 336XLR FWIW. If you want lots of info on things Marlin, head over to marlinowners.com.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 9:35:23 AM EST
Oh yeh, do it! I have a relative who has a WWG Master Guide rifle which is just a highly modified 1895GS and they cut it down to 16" plus port it. That thing carries so freaking nice in the woods up here in Maine! It's like having an SBR almost! You will love having the shorter barrel for sure.
Link Posted: 3/16/2011 12:03:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
Your gun, your choice. Unless it's an older NIB gun you happened to stumble upon, there's nothing collectible about a .35 Remington Marlin 336. I'm thinking of shortening my 336XLR FWIW. If you want lots of info on things Marlin, head over to marlinowners.com.


I did not know there was a Marlin-specific site like that with forums. Thanks! I'm not totally gooey over Marlins. I like my Winchesters equally well, but you never know what sort of neat stuff you can find when you go to a site like that.

Link Posted: 3/16/2011 12:26:08 PM EST
Originally Posted By Kibby:
Originally Posted By AirRaceFan:
Your gun, your choice. Unless it's an older NIB gun you happened to stumble upon, there's nothing collectible about a .35 Remington Marlin 336. I'm thinking of shortening my 336XLR FWIW. If you want lots of info on things Marlin, head over to marlinowners.com.


I did not know there was a Marlin-specific site like that with forums. Thanks! I'm not totally gooey over Marlins. I like my Winchesters equally well, but you never know what sort of neat stuff you can find when you go to a site like that.



You're welcome
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