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Old 04-12-2011, 19:51   #1
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My Marlin 336 Customized Survival Rifle

This is a copy of a thread I started on SurvivalistBoards.com about the modifications I made to my 336.... I will be adding the rest of the pictures and info over the next few weeks.

First a little info on the rifle. It's a Marlin 336W in 30.30 that I bought in 02'
I have made several modifications to it like adding an XS systems sight rail, an Aimpoint red dot sight, an Aimpoint 3X magnifier and a custom made paracord rifle sling. I also replaced the stock with a Ramline synthetic stock. This is a cool change that I recommend because the butt stock is hollow. It allows you to store stuff inside the butt stock. I have had a magnesium fire starter, emergency blanket, and signal mirror in my stock for awhile now and decided this weekend to redo my rifle survival kit.

This is what I put in the kit: a signal mirror, a Swedish fire steel, a fishing yo yo, a water filter straw, some tin foil, and some bubble wrap. I stuffed it into a couple of Ziploc bags and put all of it inside the hollow area of the butt stock.

The pics at the bottom of this post show the process and how everything worked out.

As for the items I put in the kit... the fire steel, signal mirror, and water filter should be pretty self explanatory, the fishing yo yo I can use for fishing, snares, or a make shift alarm system trip wire to warn of larger animals coming to visit while I sleep if I'm stuck in the woods. The tin foil (aside from blocking mind control rays) can used for making a temporary cup for boiling water or wrapping food in for cooking. The bubble wrap can be used for emergency bandages but I mainly put it in so the yo yo wouldn't scratch the mirror.

I put these things in my rifle after considering what I would need to have with me if I got lost while hunting. When I go out in the woods I always carry a first aid kit and at least a small pack with essentials but thought what if I get separated from my pack while scouting tracks or whatever. What items would help me the most if I just had me and my rifle.

Now I can signal, start a fire, hunt, cook, trap, and have an alarm just by having my rifle with me.

I am not happy with the screwdriver but until I find a better solution it will work. I don't want to have to use my multi-tool but I will probably get a camo pouch for it and attach it to the rifle too.

The paracord rifle sling lets me carry 80' of usable 550 paracord.
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Old 04-14-2011, 07:35   #2
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Old 04-15-2011, 18:04   #3
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I added a couple of small throwing knives to the rifle. I don't plan on using them as throwing knives though, I figure they will make a good spear point when lashed to a small tree limb in an emergency.

I have also finally taken some pictures of the red dot scope and magnifier.

It's an Aimpoint red dot scope and an Aimpoint 3x magnifier. The red dot scope allows you to keep both eyes open when aiming. when it is zeroed in properly, whatever the red dot is on is what you will hit (within reason and taking into account distance, wind, bullet drop etc...) and I love it. It makes target acquisition very fast.

The 3x magnifier is removable thanks to a quick detach mount. It gives me the ability to use the red dot for close shots or longer range shots with just a simple twist to attach the magnifier.

It's all held in place by a XSsystems Sight rail, which I also love. I can go from scout type sighting to a more traditional scope set up in just seconds.

I got some vinyl camo tape and an exacto knife and camo'ed everything not for any real value to it but just because I love camo...

I still haven't got around to doing the trigger kit or the big loop lever but I will one day.

Below are some pictures of everything.
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How did I miss this thread? That is one nice looking rifle.
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Very nice set up.


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Great job and a LOT of good ideas! I've already made a para cord sling and have been meaning to get a new stock for my beater 336. This just gives me motivation! I'd make a suggestion of content for your stock, though. I make, and really enjoy shooting, squib loads. While reloading, I load a .311 round ball into the neck of a .30-30 case over ~ 3 grains of Trail Boss powder. For me, this has always made for an enjoyable, accurate plinking load with plenty of power for taking small game and not ruining any more meat than needed. From the looks, you could probably figure a way to wedge 5-10 of these cartridges in your rifles buttstock.
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I love it. Its one part Cowboy Assault Rifle and one part Survival Rifle.

BTW, how is the eye-relief on the Magnifier? I have seen a 3X magnifier from Primary Arms that works well, but the eye-relief is nil, you basically put your eye on the eye-cup - which works fine if you have an AR (.223) with a muzzle brake, but I wouldn't want to try it with a 30-30.
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Wow! I own a 336W myself. I like the way you think..... Nice setup!
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neat......
I love my 336....good rifle.
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I like that camo stock!
I just picked up my new 336w this afternoon its so pretty I'd hate to change the stock already! I guess I'm going to have to start looking for a old one!!!
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Kudos to the OP. It does go to prove a body can make a beautiful mole-skin bag, out of a pig's ear...

So I'm sitting here, looking back at my 336AW on the bed, and then looking at these photos, and dreaming, and maybe even doing a little planning.

Oh! and the paracord sling? I made one for a friend to hang on his AR...took a hundred yards, and LOTS of time to do a double Solomon's Bar weave.

Looks good though.

I do believe however, I will opt for a gen-you-wine leather sling for my 336. It carries the look of the cowboy .30-.30, without offending the tactical look of the OP's gun...in my mind anyhow.
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Originally Posted by jfountain2 View Post
This is a copy of a thread I started on SurvivalistBoards.com about the modifications I made to my 336.... I will be adding the rest of the pictures and info over the next few weeks.

First a little info on the rifle. It's a Marlin 336W in 30.30 that I bought in 02'
I have made several modifications to it like adding an XS systems sight rail, an Aimpoint red dot sight, an Aimpoint 3X magnifier and a custom made paracord rifle sling. I also replaced the stock with a Ramline synthetic stock. This is a cool change that I recommend because the butt stock is hollow. It allows you to store stuff inside the butt stock. I have had a magnesium fire starter, emergency blanket, and signal mirror in my stock for awhile now and decided this weekend to redo my rifle survival kit.

This is what I put in the kit: a signal mirror, a Swedish fire steel, a fishing yo yo, a water filter straw, some tin foil, and some bubble wrap. I stuffed it into a couple of Ziploc bags and put all of it inside the hollow area of the butt stock.

The pics at the bottom of this post show the process and how everything worked out.

As for the items I put in the kit... the fire steel, signal mirror, and water filter should be pretty self explanatory, the fishing yo yo I can use for fishing, snares, or a make shift alarm system trip wire to warn of larger animals coming to visit while I sleep if I'm stuck in the woods. The tin foil (aside from blocking mind control rays) can used for making a temporary cup for boiling water or wrapping food in for cooking. The bubble wrap can be used for emergency bandages but I mainly put it in so the yo yo wouldn't scratch the mirror.

I put these things in my rifle after considering what I would need to have with me if I got lost while hunting. When I go out in the woods I always carry a first aid kit and at least a small pack with essentials but thought what if I get separated from my pack while scouting tracks or whatever. What items would help me the most if I just had me and my rifle.

Now I can signal, start a fire, hunt, cook, trap, and have an alarm just by having my rifle with me.

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The paracord rifle sling lets me carry 80' of usable 550 paracord.
Hey I remember seeing that. That is cool idea awesome. I think I might do that to one rifle sometime. Thanks
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Hey man, I'm not sure how long aim point batteries last (I'm sure very long), but an extra battery for it would be very easy to pack into your butt stock as well. If anything would ever happen.
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Nice set-up. Might consider adding a small magnifing(sp)glass. Great fire starter.
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Very nice!!!
I refinished my 336 furniture when I rescued the rifle, but this actually makes me think about a plastic back-up set! Thanks for postin!
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I call this the "secret decoder ring syndrome". Most men seem to have it, on the gun forums, at least. :-)
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This looks to be a solid concept to me, especially considering the availability of .30-30 in North America. Plenty of firepower to cover most any survival contingency. Personally, I'd be inclined to avoid using the rifle stock to store any items other than spare gunparts, cleaning equipment and spare ammo. I'd keep my other essential survival gear in pocket-sized pouches so that if I lost my rifle I'd still have my other basic needs covered. Also, I'd probably bring along a good .22 handgun to supplement.
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Yeah I remember seeing this thread posted there a while back. Very nice project. Now I am jonesing for a lever action for a simular project. May just have to settle for a handi-shotgun for right now though...
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