Ruger Brings Back the Iconic Marlin Model 336 Lever Action Rifle in .30-30 Win

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From Ruger . . .

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is proud to announce the release of the Marlin Model 336 Classic.

“The legendary Model 336 helped to build Marlin Firearms into the iconic American brand that it is today,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “We have worked for many months on every detail to ensure that Ruger’s reintroduction of this iconic rifle lives up to its stellar reputation.”

Chambered in .30-30 Win., the Model 336 Classic sports a beautifully finished American black walnut stock and forend. Crisp, clean checkering on both the stock and forend improve the appearance and grip of the rifle. The stock’s black pistol grip cap is inset with a Marlin Horse and Rider medallion and the forend is attached using a barrel band.

The alloy steel rifle is richly blued, features a standard-sized finger lever and has a six-round magazine capacity. The 20.25” barrel is cold hammer-forged, which improves longevity and yields ultra-precise rifling for exceptional accuracy. Like the classic 336, this rifle features the gold-colored trigger.

“Our focus continues to be on quality,” continued Killoy. “We remain committed to making firearms that are rugged, reliable and can proudly be handed down for many generations. The Model 336 is no exception.”

The Ruger-made Model 336 Classic is marked “Mayodan, NC,” bears an “RM” or Ruger-Made serial number prefix and features the red and white bullseye in the stock.


Additional models, in different calibers and configurations, will be released throughout the coming year. Due to the anticipated strong demand and the limited quantity of Ruger-made Marlin lever-action rifles, Ruger encourages retailers to contact their distributors for availability and advises consumers not to leave deposits with retailers that do not have confirmed shipments.

To stay up-to-date on future Marlin announcements and learn more about the Marlin Model 336 Classic, visit, or


Caliber: 30-30 Win
Capacity: 6+1
Stock: American Black Walnut
Finish: Satin Blued
Front Sight: Brass Bead with Hood
Rear Sight: Semi-Buckhorn
Weight:7.5 lb.
Overall Length: 38.625″
Length of Pull: 13.38″
Barrel Length: 20.25″
Barrel: Cold Hammer-Forged Alloy Steel
Twist1:12″ RH
MSRP: $1,239.00

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  1. I’d like one an would snatch one up- but at msrp of over $1200, I can wait and stick with my old Marlin 336!

    • A cross-bolt safety should be plenty safe to keep it cocked and locked.

      Maybe mine is a much older model bought back in the 70’s but I remember it having no safety at all. It’s currently in deep storage 1500 miles away from where I am now and I haven’t fired it in probably a couple of decades. My memory isn’t what it used to be so I could be wrong. My dad was using it at his place up until last year when he passed away and then I had to scramble to find places to keep everything without having to get rid of it so I didn’t get a chance to do much more than wipe everything down and case them up to move.

      • Bought my first deer gun in 1974 at 15 years old. at the local Western Auto. It was a Marlin 336 30/30. As I remember it cost around $200. Which was a lot of money back then. It rests on the rack in the gun room, haven’t shot it in several years. Even though it has killed many deer over the decades.

    • Yeah, a 300 to 400 dollar rifle for over 1200 bucks, keep it ! Knew that would happen when Ruger bought them.

    • people opted for these over a Winchester because you could easily slap a scope on it…and also because you could get it in .35 Remington…a hard hitter…

  2. Happy to see more options come back but are lever rifles the only type of firearm that got more expensive over the last decade?

    • Revolvers, too.
      Everybody is buying plastics and black rifles so the obvious play here to increase interest in leverguns and revolvers is to pump up the prices and reduce production.

      Lots of retirees in the next 10-15 years with expendable income need something to buy.

      I like the lever action but I want a threaded barrel, adjustable furniture and mlok. I don’t have any attachments to cowboy LARPing or fond memories of when the Western was as pervasive as cape shit is today. Maybe gen Z is really into expensive grandpa guns.

      • Yeah revolvers too but less so ….. typically (grumble Ruger again). I can only guess inflation and lower production numbers compared to various pistols/AR/shotguns/bolt action rifles which have all largely stayed steady if not decreased.

  3. I’ll have one. I let TWO JMs get away from me, I’m still not over it and trying to get at least one back.
    Marlin 30-30s in original are a wood deer slayer, and excellent home defense weapon, I am banking on Ruger to get it right.

  4. I wish they had made threaded barrel a standard feature. Hopefully they will bring back the BLACK model line. Shouldn’t have to spend 900+ dollars to get a threaded barrel like the Henry X line.

    • NFA still a thing and various restricted (but large population) states ban silencers? Unfortunately only so much demand and innovation while the previous question is largely yes.

      • Silencer banning has nothing to do with having a threaded barrel. It wouldn’t make a gun restricted in any state with the other features lever guns have.

        • In absence of a silencer option what practical use is a threaded barrel on a lever action rifle? Pair that with what states have a lot of people, various hunting rifle restrictions, and silencer bans. Those factors greatly reduce any market for a standard threaded barrel option for lever actions (unfortunately).

  5. One of the original “weapons of war”. This was one of the earliest “battle rifles”. Along with weapons like the sharps rilfe, they are “Instruments of Liberty” that the gun grabbers don’t want you to have.

  6. I believe the original from the turn of the century of this rifle had a 9 + 1 capacity.

    • I restored a 1901 Winchester Model 94 for a family member that’s been in our family line since it was first bought new. THAT was a bit of a chore, but very much worth it. Kept everything period-specific, even down to refinishing via the “rust bluing” method common at the time that required a full two weeks to properly apply. Chambered in .30-30

      Still need to restore a 1950 Model 94. Also in .30-30

      I’ve read a lot of comments over the years from haters of the venerable .30-30 who say it’s underpowered and not suitable for today’s needs. But I say…many a deer have fallen to it, and I wouldn’t want to have one pointed at me.

      • Good for you!!!
        A 100-year-old well maintained repeater is just as effective as a modern rifle. It will feed your family. And it will protect your family. But I would not use +p ammo in it.

      • trying to remember what I paid for my .32 special back in the day…but I sure as hell know it was a lot less than this…..

      • did my original ’94 up in 4 different finishes..bright chrome, satin chrome, bright blue, satin blue…refinished the stock and slapped a 2x Leopold up forward…much too gaudy for the field, but a hell of a wall hanger!……not really sure what a pre ’64 like this is worth now….

  7. Very nice ingredients including the looks to be ample recoil pad. If I were in the market the hardest part would be where to find the the Ruger-Marlin and a Henry steel together for a hands on comparison.

  8. Lotta $ for a caliber I’ll never use(not a hunter).357 or 44magnum might be a go though. I do like this a lot🙄

    • Some of the hotter .44 mag loads will meet or exceed .30-30 energy at the muzzle but .30-30 has much better range, especially with some of the modern more aerodynamic (relatively speaking) bullets. Range vs. capacity (and with .357 economy). But if it’s the latter you seek Marlin is supposed to be releasing the 1894 yet this year.

      • .30-30 fine out to about 200 yds…but in its day it was described as a “brush gun”….

      • 44M, 444, 357 will do well in the straight wall deer states. I would like to buy one but Im not dragging a JM thru the timber and over barb wire fences


    7 dead in Nashville, Tennessee school shooting.

    3 students, 3 adult staff and the teenage female shooter are dead :

    “Nashville Covenant School shooting: Three children and suspect dead”

    • Nashville PD responded immediately and neutralized the shooter, who was armed with 2 AR-pattern rifles and 1 handgun…

  10. I have an old model 30AS, which is an early 336. Mine and the 336’s have a common problem with the loading gate. The gate is attached by one tiny screw on the right side. This allows the load gate to get crooked, and when that happens, the gate blocks the elevator that lifts the next round up in front of the bolt. Yeah, literally takes the rifle out of service.
    Easy to fix once you understand the problem, but still a major annoyance. A small improvement would to have two mounting screws, making it nearly impossible for the gate to get misaligned. I’d like to see Ruger fix this problem. Call it the 336-A1.

    • always thought the ’94 was smoother…these two were low end guns for the beginners and easily affordable…

      • Apparently a female with a penis as per the cop doing the presser around 4pm CT. He admitted said shooter was “transgender”, which I assumed from the start. Of course they are still referring to the shooter as “she”…

        I’d also like to see if there is some link between the shooter and the jerk chick (claiming to be in Nashville on vacation) who grabbed the mic at the end of the initial presser and started in on the Republicrats allowing people to have guns, and the usual leftist agenda language. On vacation and just happened to be at the church/school, and the press conference???

        I’m thinking there’ll be a couple more such shootings soon as the NRA Annual Meetings will be in Indy in 3 weeks. Uvalde was what? 3 days before last year’s.

  11. 6 grooves. Looks like they did a faithful reproduction in every way except for the micro-groove rifling. Micro-groove rifling nets better velocities. I get (advertised) 24″ velocities on a lot of loads with my 18-1/2″ Remlin 336BL. Probably limits barrel life but in .30-30 that’s virtually forever anyway. Have to say I’m a bit disappointed.

    • “Probably limits barrel life but in .30-30 that’s virtually forever anyway”

      Agree with all you said but this really stood out to me. I assume you meant the round’s pressure, but also with the cost of 30-30 it feels like an extravagance to shoot more than a couple at a time anyway.

      • Yes, if you can afford the ammo to shoot out a micro-groove barrel you can easily afford to have it rebarreled. Or buy another.

  12. passed on a 94 in this cal forty years ago.
    i like the curved pistol grip on the 336, but they are hard to find in a different chambering.
    let’s see what they bring.

    • micro-groove was a selling point…but this gun was the only one in .35 Remington….also a selling point…

  13. That’s a handsome shootin’ iron. Up to about a year ago, I would have said, let’s see one in 357 Max and sold. I likely did write that here at some point prior. However, now that I have an AR pistol in 350 Legend, I suppose I put that horse out to pasture. Still, if the planets align and all…that is one handsome gun. I don’t know why, but the Henrys just don’t draw my eye like this one does.

    • One in 9mm or even 10mm would make a pretty damn awesome PCC. .357 and .44 would make the cowboy shooters happy but 9 &10mm would be more real-world useful. .45ACP might be pretty cool too.

      • I want one in .41 mag (Marlin used to make them!) to go with my Dan Wesson .41 mag pistol pack. Awesome round.

  14. I have one in .35 Remington and it is a fine but outdated rifle. What the new model really needs is a decocking lever that would safely drop the hammer to half-cock without needing to pull the trigger to do so. I’m not sure how much added complexity this would add to the lock mechanism but it would certainly make the gun less “vintage unsafe.” Failing that addition the hammer spur could at least be made much wider, grooved and easier to get a thumb purchase on with wet, cold, numb or gloved hands while dropping the hammer to half-cock.

    This is an ancient design, and while well-loved it does lack a certain degree of modern safety features. Needing to lower the hammer to half-cock by pulling the trigger is so 19th-century. It’s a stupid maneuver on a gun like the 1911 but then it never actually needs to be done since the 1911 can be left cocked and locked behind two safeties. The 336 has NO safety and leaving the hammer cocked on loaded chamber with no safety is even more of a bad idea than lowering the hammer to half-cock on a live round by pulling the trigger.

      • A cross-bolt safety should be plenty safe to keep it cocked and locked.

        Maybe mine is a much older model bought back in the 70’s but I remember it having no safety at all. It’s currently in deep storage 1500 miles away from where I am now and I haven’t fired it in probably a couple of decades. My memory isn’t what it used to be so I could be wrong. My dad was using it at his place up until last year when he passed away and then I had to scramble to find places to keep everything without having to get rid of it so I didn’t get a chance to do much more than wipe everything down and case them up to move.

        • Yes, the older models had no safety. Not sure exactly when they added it but it was decades ago. Of course the lever action purists had a fit about it.

    • yeah,..seem to recall that little gadget that extended the hammer out to the side…seemed to work pretty well and gave you better control…..

    • Crossbolts and transfer bars are not needed.

      Half cock safeties actually work just fine on lever action rifles. They take about ten seconds to learn how to use and anyone who has difficulty with one shouldn’t be allowed out of the mental institution on a day pass.

  15. Sorry guys. I didn’t read the article, or any comments. I only want to say this. First, loose the the cross bolt safety. Next, put walnut on it again. Last, bring back the Texan in all three barrel lengths. Those that understand will pay.

    • You like dropping the hammer to half-cock on a chambered round using the trigger?

      I don’t remember any safety on my old 336.

      Maybe the hammer should automatically follow the bolt safely to half-cock as it chambers the round so that the shooter needs to cock the hammer before firing instead of a cross-block safety.

      • Yes I like dropping the hammer to half cock if I decide not to fire. Why would I want to engage in a second safety? It’s redundant. Cross bolt safties are for stupid people and lawyers.


  17. I had a Model 1936 that I should have hung unto. Picked it u at my local(now closed)gun store. Paid $500. for it. The metal was in very good shape, however, I had to refinish a really screwed up refinishing job. I installed a Skinner peep sight and it was accurate. Unfortunately, My health wouldn’t allow any more deer hunting and of coarse I was broke. So, sold it was. Such is life.

  18. I’d like to have one. However most of my money is being spent on groceries and gasoline.
    Let’s Go Brandon

  19. I have my Daddy’s original with gold trigger and no safety. Still use it for hunting deer and sometimes pig. Put a large loop lever on it because then it doesn’t twist my hand when I work the action. Put a peep sight on it and with .30-30 leverevolution ammo it is a popper. When my son inherits it he will be the third owner and all in our family. It is the saddle ring carbine. Light, handy and is perfect for the Florida piney woods.

  20. “ The alloy steel rifle… “

    Seeing how Ruger is now making these, I assume the receiver block will come from their investment casting plant.

    NBD- just another deviation from the originals.

  21. I had a 30/30 Marlin when I was a kid my dad gave it me when I was eight and passed the hunter safety class. I got my deer every year until I joined the Army. I haven’t hunted since I got back from Vietnam. Gave my son the 30/30 a 300 savage and two shotguns.

  22. MSRP $1,249 …. WOW!
    As I was reading the article, I knew it’d be expensive, but I was really thinking probably $800, but was hoping it’d be less. No way would I have guessed $1,000+!! Definitely not a purchase for an average salaried working class guy or gal!

  23. Enough of this quibbling about what someone bought in 1985, or ’75, or ’65. And no, we’re not going to get the rifle at what people paid in those past years, nor should we expect to. The real issue is that Ruger has announced they were releasing the rifle “in the first quarter of 2023,” which ended in March, and still hasn’t come out with it. Whatever they’re waiting on, whether they’re manufacturing enough rifles, building up an inventory of parts, or waiting until there’s a sufficient amount of 30-30 ammo on shelves (which there isn’t; c’mon manufacturers, we’re not going to buy your excess .223 just because the Army has switched to 6.8; give us the calibers that are useful to us) or whether Ruger is just trying to build up buyers’ demand before releasing — it’s taking too long.

  24. I wanted a ruger marlin 30-30. Got tired of waiting for them to come out so I bought a henry 30-30 for 720.00 brand new. I’m glad I did.
    Good luck ruger for selling yours at that price.

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