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#1702695 - 10/25/10 09:44 PM Hammer Block Safety on Marlin 336
cathntr Offline
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Registered: 01/12/08
Posts: 2448
Loc: Adrian, Missouri
I read somewhere that the newer Marlin lever actions have a hammerblock safety. Is this just another way of saying half cock safety or do they actually have something similar to a crossbolt or tang safety? I was thinking about buying one in .30-30 for the wife to deer hunt with but we decided that it would be best to stay away from the half cock safeties as she has never used one before and dont feel comfortable doing it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks, Josh
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#1702710 - 10/25/10 09:55 PM Re: Hammer Block Safety on Marlin 336 [Re: cathntr]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 15414
Loc: Missouri
New ones have a crossbolt safety. I don't care for them, but for an inexperienced shooter it might have some merit for that hammer back & loading/unloading cycle. There is a little do-dad that you can easily change out for that crossbolt and it just looks like another screw head in the receiver. It is inexpensive and easy to do if you really wanted to go that route.
Doing the right thing isn't always easy, but it is always RIGHT!

#1702827 - 10/26/10 12:35 AM Re: Hammer Block Safety on Marlin 336 [Re: GC]
Pack_Wolf Offline
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Registered: 12/12/05
Posts: 1147
Loc: N. Central Colorado
An "O" ring slipped over the saftey bolt acomplishes the same thing and allows quick change back if you want.
I don't understand all I know about this.

#1703089 - 10/26/10 12:41 PM Re: Hammer Block Safety on Marlin 336 [Re: Pack_Wolf]
3807patriot Offline
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Registered: 12/10/06
Posts: 698
Loc: Mn, Circle Pines
The newer Marlins have both the cross bolt safety and the half cock, You can use one or the other or both.
You can use the thing that looks like a replacemnt screw also knownas a Ludwig screw, the rubber o ring, or remove the stock and there is a set screw that can be tightened down on the cross bolt preventing it from moving.

The Ludwig screw is available here

Kits are available from:

Clyde Ludwig
PO Box 26156
Wauwatosa, WI

phone 414-536-1101 after 6:30 PM CST

$9.95 plus $3.00 S&H
(if you order more than one kit, the shipping is still only $3.00)

Edited by 3807patriot (10/26/10 12:46 PM)

#1703326 - 10/26/10 08:23 PM Re: Hammer Block Safety on Marlin 336 [Re: 3807patriot]
Riflemann Offline
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Registered: 12/29/02
Posts: 2150
Loc: WC Minnesota
I think that Marlin changed to the cross bolt safety in 1983, I don't mind the cross bolt safety on my 1990 model 336CS It still has the half cock safety also. I have a 1949 vintage 336RC that just has the half-cock safety, never had any problems with either of these guns
Riflemann----"Hunt With Your Kids, And Grand Kids, Not For Them"

"Gun Control Means Using 2 Hands"


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