Bear Tracks – Southwest Marlin 336 .35 Rem.

Started out with this rifle:

The 1952 Marlin's fat forend leaves me feeling slightly unsettled, like seeing someone's beer-belly hanging out below his shirt.

1952 Marlin

Weaver K2.2-C3 scope mounted on a 1952 Marlin 336

Marlin 336 awaiting a transformation.

Marlin 336 awaiting a transformation.

Reshaped the original wood:

Bulky 1952 Marlin 336 furniture in the midst of a transformation to an 1890s style.

Bulky 1952 Marlin 336 furniture in the midst of a transformation to a sleek 1890s style.

Black DuraCoat and gloss clear coat on the metal, hand-rubbed oil finish on the stock and forend, and the character of the rifle is completely transformed. This was one of my favorite projects. Click any image to enlarge:

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