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Marlin 336 Question

#1 Post by milton » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:12 am

Anyone here shorten the finger lever plunger spring to get the lever unlocked easier?
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#2 Post by AJMD429 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:06 am

I used a fine 'hard Arkansas' stone to polish the heck out of the plunger on mine and a dab of grease.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#3 Post by Pisgah » Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:07 am

No, but I have used a fine file or hard stone to very slightly break the edge on the plunger, rounding it off just a tad to mimic the natural wear that eventually leads to "falling lever syndrome", the opposite of what you have now. Just go one stroke at a time and try it until the lever locks snugly but comes free with a reasonable tug.

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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#4 Post by marlinman93 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:14 am

I've lengthened the plunger to ensure it unlocks easily, but never lowered spring pressure.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#5 Post by milton » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:19 pm

Thanks everybody,I;ll give it another look.Mine is awfully hard to initially open.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#6 Post by 3leggedturtle » Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:51 pm

Took one out and cleaned all the dirt and oil and lint out of it. Worked like brand new after that.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#7 Post by milton » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:37 am

I haven't done that yet,I will remove it today and see if that helps.Thank you !
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#8 Post by claybob86 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:51 am

How'd it go?
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#9 Post by Blaine » Sat Jan 11, 2020 2:22 am

3leggedturtle wrote:
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Took one out and cleaned all the dirt and oil and lint out of it. Worked like brand new after that.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#10 Post by milton » Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:48 am

Sorry ,I got sick again yesterday and just did not have the strength to work on the Marlin.Perhaps today .
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#11 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 7:36 am

milton wrote:
Sat Jan 11, 2020 4:48 am
Sorry ,I got sick again yesterday and just did not have the strength to work on the Marlin.Perhaps today .
I've had days like that. Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#12 Post by milton » Sat Jan 11, 2020 1:36 pm

Thank you! I do feel better,I followed the suggestions and the rifle is working better! Now we have a tornado approaching the area just a few miles west of us!!
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#13 Post by piller » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:07 am

Had tornadoes near us a couple of days ago. They are sure destructive.
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Re: Marlin 336 Question

#14 Post by piller » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:15 am

I put a Bomb Proof ejector in one of my Marlins, and it changed the feel when working the lever. Lots of things you can do to make changes. Fluff and buff some parts, and you can make it move easier. Just be careful to not go too far. I am pretty sure we all know that it is easier to remove too much than it is to fix it. Maybe Gunny Mack can fix a gun, but I can't. I can polish parts.
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