Unlike other lever action rifles which eject and load from the top of the receiver, the Marlin 336 has a solid top receiver, and loads and ejects from the side of the action. This makes it extremely easy to scope, and since the mid 1950’s, the Marlin 336 has been shipping already factory drilled and tapped for scope mounting bases. More modern Marlin 336 rifles come from the factory with scope bases already installed, and simply need your choice of quality optics to mount on it. More recently, some people have even taken to fitting Picatinny scope rails to the top of their Marlin 336, which allows them to take advantage of the huge number of scopes and accessories fitted for that rail system. But no matter which mounting system you choose for optics, there are a great many out there. Let’s look at the best scopes for Marlin 336 rifles:
A Scope as Rugged as The Rifle It’s Mounted On
- Leupold Rifleman 4-12x40mm Riflescope, Wide Duplex (56170)
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Nikon Quality, Wallet Saving Pricing
- Nikon ProStaff 2-7 x 32 Black Matte Riflescope (Nikoplex)
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Simmons Quality, Simmons Pricing
- Simmons Truplex Riflescope (3-9X40, Matte)
- Price: $54.99
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Like any modern scope, it has fully coated optics, is fog, water and recoil proof. Featuring 3-9 power magnification, a 40mm objective lens, and costing about the same price as a decent box of hunting ammo, the Simmons 8 Point Trueplex is a serious budget scope packing big money features and is, bar none, one of the best scopes for Marlin 336 rifles.
An Often Overlooked Accessory
- Uncle Mike's 24580 Hammer Extension for Marlin Lever Actions (1983 and Later), Black
- Price: $9.59
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Why You Should Scope Your Marlin 336
The Marlin 336 is most commonly found in the popular 30-30 cartridge. An American favorite for hunting since the early 1890’s, and famous for being the first commercial smokeless powder round offered to the public, the 30-30 is a hard hitting round that can benefit from being fired from a scoped rifle so, in actuality, the best scope for Marlin 336 is oftentimes the best scope for Marlin 30 30.
The Marlin 336 is a trusted hunting rifle used to harvest countless deer, elk, black bear, and it is said, is even popular among the crack shots of the Eskimo for hunting polar bear. I’m not so sure I’d want to face a polar bear with anything short of a small cannon, but this does demonstrate the wide uses and popularity of the Marlin 336. Given the wide range of optics available, hunters are constantly choosing to scope their Marlin 336’s in order to take longer, cleaner, and easier shots. A scoped rifle can make for a more humane kill, can extend the distance you hunt at, or can make the difference between a difficult shot and one you can easily take.
Whatever your reason, if you have one of the most trusted hunting rifles in America, you owe it to yourself and your sport to scope it, and achieve the optimal performance from a top performing rifle.
Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.