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Marlin lever .338

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by bluedevil, Sep 10, 2008.

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  1. bluedevil

    bluedevil Active Member

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    Was just watching Guns & Ammo TV and they showed a Marlin lever action in a new .338 Hornady with the gummy tip. I'm a sucker for the lever gun and this sounds too good to be true. Any thoughts or was I seeing things?
     
  2. 5spd

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    I saw an article on the .338 Hornady in a gun magazine just last week so its pretty recent.
     
  3. CalvinMD

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    I have the 308 Marlin express and it is awesome...I can only imagine the 338
     
  4. Old Cowboy

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    Gussied up higher pressure version of the old .33 Winchester? News to me.......but it sounds like maybe a .338 caliber spin-off of the balihoo'ed .450 Marlin? Basically, delivers the ballistics from a factory round that handloaders have been getting from the 130+ year old .45-70 Govt in a strong rifle for years.
    Seems to me rather than come up with a NEW .338 Marlin........why not just chamber their fine lever action 1895 in .33 Winchester?

    John C. Saubak
     
  5. bluedevil

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    Good points John but it sure looks interesting to me. I kind of love/ hate the look of laminated stock with ss. Want one but still cling to the old walnut and dark blue. Choice is what makes the world go round I guess. Best to ya.
     
  6. Old Cowboy

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    Oh well, pardon my cynicism. So, what is the new cartridge? I'm guessing a necked down version of the belted .450 Marlin? Should make a good medium caliber round......similar to the ol' .348 Winchester in performance?

    Anything that promotes the lever action rifle is a good development as far as I'm concerned, altho' I'm not a big fan of belted cases.

    John C. Saubak
     
  7. jbmi

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    I already have a 338 lever action. I had my Model 88 rebored to a 338-08 (338 Federal) about 10 years ago. Great gun, great caliber. Basically a 308 necked up to a 338 bullet. Little sister to the 358 Win. (have two of those). I'd be interested to see the new Marlin (made by Remington)
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  8. bluedevil

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    Seemed to me they mentioned it was necked down from something other than the .450. They showed it and it didn't look belted just rimmed of course. I have to get more information or I'm sure someone will get the proper stuff and post. I'l probably stick with my plan to get the 45-70 anyway.
     
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    John, just saw on another site that the case is a necked down 376 Steyer developed by Hornady some time ago.
     
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    I have one of the 1600 or so Marlin 336ER's made some years ago. They were chambered in .356 Win. Awesome performance from a std. lever gun!! The round is basically a rimmed .358 Win. I shoot a handload that uses a Speer 220 grain bullet @ 2400 fps. It will drive a 180 grain bullet @ about 2600 fps. I can't imagine why it never gained more popularity.

    Ken Rucker
     
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    I collect and shoot Marlin Leverguns too Ken...my favorites are the .375Win, the Triple 4 and my first deer rifle the great 35 Remington in a sporting Carbine..never lost a critter with them and the biggest hog I shot while in Texas was with the 375 with the 220 grain bullet...flattened on the spot..the 375 is 3rd from the top
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  12. Old Cowboy

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    Thanks for the info bluedevil. I guess I shot from the hip the otherday? Sorry 'bout that, I was just in a hip-shootin' mood........

    John C. Saubak
     
  13. bluedevil

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    No problem John, best to ya!
     
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    I currently own two and gave away a third Marlin 336 in .35 Remington. This old cartridge has a lot of stopping power and is pleasant to shoot and reload.

    The .338 Hornady must be a humdinger! However, inside of 100 yards, the .35 Remington has plenty of power for deer sized game.

    Other lever gun cartridges come and go but the old 30-30 and .35 Remington hang in there year after year.

    As an aside, the Marlin 336 rifles are really easy to clean from the breach. You can get a Stony Point Bore Guide with an optional collar (mike the bolt in your 336 to determine the diameter) that greatly aids in the cleaning process.

    Ed Ward
     
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    Stuff your nasty comments EE, I said I read on another site it was based on the 376 Steyr case and it was a leveraction only site. If I'm wrong, so be it, I was not making anything up, only for conversation and information. Grow up!
     
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    P.S. checked on several sites that watched the show closer than I did and they ALL said it was based on the Steyer case. Maybe a call to Hornady is in order.
     
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    Here web address that has the information on the hornady webiste.

    Dan
     
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    I was watching the show and they definatly said that the case was based of the 376 styre. The shortened it down to 2" and put a rim on it. Guns and Ammo let this leak out a little sooner than hornady and marlin had planned. Aparently they were going to announce it in January, hopefully they will go ahead and get the information out sooner than that.
     
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