I just saw what I thought was a great deal on a new marlin 336 in .30-30. It was $349 and it comes with a mounted scope (3-9x40). Usually $399, but Dicks sporting goods had a sale for $349. Guess what I have at home now? 3 guesses and the first 2 don't count.
It is a 336A. Looking at marlinfirearms, I see the C is positioned as better than the A in their literature. The only difference I can see is the stock, buttpad, marshield finish and a fluted comb.
Is there any difference between the models that is more than just cosmetics? I really don't want a cheaper firing mechanism or less accurate rifle. The furniture is no problem, that can be updated if I ever feel the need.
So, what differences are there? And what is the functionality of fluting the comb on a stock. I'm guessing it is aesthetics only, but I have been known to be wrong before.
And not related to the differences, but I'll ask anyway. I plan on using this exclusively for short distance deer hunting. Some property I hunt is very limited acreage and I would be shooting at most, 80 yards. I am thinking about removing the scope and putting some type of hi-viz fiber optics on the gun. Any recommendations?