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I recently purchased a Marlin 336W and was told that the "W" meant that marlin made it for Wal-mart to sell, is this a true statement? if so is it less quality that the other models? A,C.....

does this mean my rifle is crap? compared to the other models?
what is the difference between the 30A/30AW and the 336"W"/336"A"?
my rifle shoots great and fell like a quality rifle! i think its birch wood tho.
with a gold platted trigger.
 

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I can't personally confirm it, but I have heard that certain companies sell wal-mart, products in bulk with some cheaper parts in/on them, firearms being some of those products. I have always wondered how wal mart can sell a Buck 119 hunting knife for $39 ,when they cost $50+ everywhere else. But as I stated above ,I don't have any proof of it , just heresay.

One thing I find funny though ,is that alot of electronic devices like digital cameras are more expensive at wal mart than at actual electronics stores.
 

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Your marlin should be fine. I think the 336w is the newer economy model. The difference is the wood mainly. there are stainless versions, 24" barrels, and a higher capacity cowboy action.

I could be mixed up with with the economy model. The 30 I think is the higher end model. Glenfield was the economy version of tbe marlin in the 70s and 80s. they called it the 30a and it held only 4 rounds.

mine is either the a or w. its the cheaper one. it shoots 2-3 groups on a bench at 100. plenty good for where i hunt.

if your new to guns, start shooting at 25 to 50 yard ranges. read about zeroing the iron sights. take 5-10 shots before doing any move. also do not rest your gun on a hard surface when bench shooting. use a wraped up towel or bean bag. i clean the barrel a little bit every 25 shots or so when judging rifle accuracy or aim. do not overheat tbe barrel. 3-5 shots, then let it cool out of the sun. it takes a good amount of work to become a decent shot at 100 yards. A 22lr rifle will pay for itself in ammo costs while laerning to shoot. at 100 yards factory iron sights can be difficult to aim. i usually consider my eye being off 3-4 inches at that range.

the w thing is not walmart its a model sold everywhere.
 

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I can't personally confirm it, but I have heard that certain companies sell wal-mart, products in bulk with some cheaper parts in/on them, firearms being some of those products. I have always wondered how wal mart can sell a Buck 119 hunting knife for $39 ,when they cost $50+ everywhere else. But as I stated above ,I don't have any proof of it , just heresay.

One thing I find funny though ,is that alot of electronic devices like digital cameras are more expensive at wal mart than at actual electronics stores.

(Sighs) It is NOT true that companies put lesser grade materials into guns, knives etc.
(They make a slightly lesser grade at a request, but it is apparent, suck as in a different type wood, heck, Ruger Reciently made a run of singleactions in 44 special... Lipsies said they would take 2K, so Ruger said they would make them)

It's called Discount by volume.
 

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my Marlin is a 336W I bought in 2002 from Wal-Mart and it has never given me a problem. It shot great right out of the box and still does. It's my favorite rifle. The difference (as it was explained to me) is in the wood. The "W" models got walnut stained birch stocks and the more expensive models got walnut stocks. It makes no difference to me since I changed out my stock 2 years ago anyway.

If you would like to see what can be done with one of those cheap wal-mart Marlins check out this thread...
http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=33322
 
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well from everyone else information the marlin 336W"W" isn't a wal-mart gun! The only difference is the stock. so calling it a cheap rifle really doesn't make sense. the birch woods from what i have heard is actually stronger and can hold up more. it just doesn't look as good. the action and barrels are the same to. its just like the 336"A" except the gold trigger and different barrel bands!
 
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