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Thread: Marlin pistol grip to straight grip?

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    Marlin pistol grip to straight grip?

    Can a pistol grip receiver be converted to straight grip by flattening the lower stock tang?

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    I would say "yes", but the easier way would be to (1) buy a straight buttstock, (2) buy a straight tang, (3) buy a straight lever. Check the parts houses.

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    Too much more to reshape factory. Replace parts or swap with someone

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    Agreed on buying the parts. Some take a hack saw an cut the tang but then it is not worth anything after than. Honestly, you would be better off to find a beater straight stock rifle and change out parts. If you are thinking a Model 336, most all parts interchange.

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    FWIW, I've done several via cutting, re-shaping the sides of the cut & refinishing the buttstock; grinding/filing the outside of the lower tang flat, polishing & re-bluing & then heating/re-shaping the curved lever.

    No disrespect to any here, but the conversion's not for a beginner...……….. Why most shooters prefer to be parts-changers.


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    Great info from all, thanks. I'm going to get a set of parts.

    I just got back into a machine shop again, running the CNC milling department. I'll look in to making some after I get a set in my hands. They are not common, but I found a set. I'm pretty sure the levers could be laser cut, then machined. We have 3 lasers, two will cut up to 3/4". Not sure of the effect as far as edge hardening on cutting 4140 with a laser, either. The trigger guard plate could be machined.

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    REMarlin should bring the Texan back. I don't care if it comes with Matte black steel and Birch stocks- bring it back for those of us who love straight grip lever actions!

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    Just buy a gun with a straight grip and do what you want with it.

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    I have a few laying around the house a 35 rem and a 450 marlin

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    The 35 rem is rechambered to 35 lever power

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post
    REMarlin should bring the Texan back. I don't care if it comes with Matte black steel and Birch stocks- bring it back for those of us who love straight grip lever actions!

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    Exactly! The 336 just doesn't look right with a pistol grip stock, it never has.
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FergusonTO35 View Post
    Exactly! The 336 just doesn't look right with a pistol grip stock, it never has.
    I must be weird, cause I really like and prefer them.

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    I actually like both, the Win 64 is beautiful. The Savage 99 looks "right" either way, too. In my opinion!

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    I'm one of those guys who can't handle pistol grip stock on lever guns. A couple years ago when Ohio
    got rifle deer season I was caught without much selection of legal rifles. In fact the only legal rifle I
    had was a old Marlin 1895. To me that's a cannon to hunt deer with. I traded up a 1894 in 44mg and
    a Marlin 375Win. The 375 had the pistol grip stock, and gun was mint NIB. I sighted gun in off bench
    and didn't pay that much attention to stock. 1st day of deer season I decided I didn't like the feel of
    it. Most of my deer are shot under 100yds and on the "jump". The pistol grip just wasn't a natural
    pointer for me. When I looked at what new parts would cost to convert to saddle stock I lost interest
    in the rifle and traded it for #3 Ruger/375Win. I just bought a Savage 99 in 250/3000, 1950s vintage
    and it's pistol grip. I wouldn't have bought it but I have been wanting a 99 in 250 because I use to
    have a 99 carbine - straight stock, and it was a quick pointing woods deer rifle. It's not mint but high
    condition. It doesn't feel as ackward as a Marlin or Win does with pistol grip, but still doesn't float like
    a straight stock. I think the pistol grips may be a little easier for most to use especially with scopes.
    Maybe Im nuts because pistol grips don't bother me on rifles other than levers. When I get a lever
    with pistol grip instead of spending money to convert it, I just look to swap for one with straight stock. All my stuff is older desirable models and parts switching is expensive and kills value of the
    rifle.

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    I don't mind pistol grips on rifles with button mags or half mags. They just look goofy on a full length mag, especially with a carbine barrel. I never had any interest in the Marlin 39 because, not only does it have a pistol grip stock but, it's friggin' huge and dwarfs the receiver! Now, the Marlin XLR series look great with pistol grip stocks.
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, .30 WCF, .45-70 Gov't.

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