I like the Winchester, but I like the Marlin more. IMO, the advantages the Marlin offers are a strong receiver, pure side ejection, simplicity in disassembly, and the incorporation of a pistol grip as opposed to a straight stock. The Winchester will probably hold its value better, so I think you have to decide if this is a keeper/shooter or something that might get sold at a later time.
Hi this is Drop-Shot and I own both the win 94 in 30/30 and a marlin 336 in 35 rem.I like them both in thick cover but prefer the marlin for the side eject,so you can mount a scope.The lever on my 94 rattles and the gunsmith says it's supposed to be loose.It works fine and is as accurate as the marlin but if I had to get rid of one of them it would have to be the win 94.On an ice cold day I ejected a shell and that hot shell landed on my nose and burned it.So for that reason I personaly would have to go with the marlin.
hi rogmatt, i have the marlin 336cs in 30-30 with a bushnell scope 3x9x40 . it is a very good gun ,very accurate, and easy to carry though thick cover .i shoot 2 inch groups at 125 yards. this was my first deer rifle and now i use it as back up just in case something happens to my 270 rem .
i have not shot the winchester so i can not give you opinon on it hope this helps. errol
This is probably not going to help but it is a lot like trying to decide which one of your kids is your favorite. Both are good firearms, I'd get both. I carried a 94 as a kid and have fond memories of it and now that I am a whole lot more older, I find that a lighter firearm like the 94 is much more preferable than my Remington 700. Then too the Marlin has got a lot going for it. Play it safe, get one of each.
Actually it is hard to go wrong with either, particularly that several millions of both have been made in the last 100 years. Not to be overlooked is the fit and what feels best for you along with what your expected use will be. Remember that you are going to be the one using it and if it does not fit or feel comfortable, you are probably going to regret the purchase irrespective of how good my or others experience has been with a particular firearm.
Well, my 14 yr old son is getting Revelation 200 in 30-30 (Marlin 336). It is in excellent condition although he is going to reblue and refinish the wood. He is getting a nice little collection for his age. He loves shooting sports.