I just picked up a Marlin that looks to date to 1950 (First letter of serial number is G). Paco Kelly's date calculator says it should have a "solid-type lever". I've never heard of that. Does anybody know what that refers to?
Just love the rifle. It so happens, I own the companion 336RC carbine from 1948 (first year) that I inherited. These guns just feel so good in the hand with their extra-thick wood that the early ones had. Nothing I own shoulders as well either. Of course, being an early 336, it has the "waffle top" grooves on the receiver and is not drilled/tapped for a scope.
As I recall, only the first two years of production got the waffle top and the thicker wood.
What are my odds of finding a correct sight hood for this one? I'm guessing not so good based on how I ended up giving up on finding the rear sight elevator for my 336RC.
I'll post pix soon. This 336A has surprisingly nice wood grain.
I still haven't shot a .35 Remington. I completely forgot to bring my Marlin Texan in .35 Rem with me to the cabin to sight it in because I was so excited about the vintage Winchester Model 70 I just bought. I was planning to use the Texan as my back up rifle for the upcoming deer season. Now it's the Winchester. So, I've had the Texan for over six months and still haven't tried it out, Leupold half-scope and all.