I have been working on a couple 1940's model 36's and really appreciated their design. I dont like plastic in my rifles so I changed out the follower. I had a cracked one before and it gave me headaches till I figured it out. I decided to save myself the pain this time. The trigger was a learning process. I am building a "scout/trapper" marlin and wanted experience with it before I attempted it on the short barrel. The ejector was a part I had laying around, I picked up two from a guy for the price on 1 so I thought what the heck. The stock was because I needed the wood off it, actually had walnut to begin with, but thats going on the scout, so I thought I would try the laminate (which is not my favorite by far) and it worked well with the blued.
I had decided to turn the scope mount around and replaced the rings, and then got a wild hair you know where and this is what is the result. Shot it last weekend and the trigger really makes a huge difference for bad shots like me. I actually did very well, and was so happy with myself I posted pics here of her. Removed the sleeve on the stock and actually enjoy the laminate. Its heavier than the birch, and comparable to the walnut, but with a better recoil pad. My best group was 1.53" which is amazing for me. I shoot out in woods, off a rock at about 97 yards.
Mostly this gun arose from the fact that I cant stop tinkering...its how I learn. This was my beater/learner... only in the sense I could take it apart and check out all the pieces and then reassemble with confidence and it still would shoot well. Think its about done now, feels right, and I shoot it better than most of my others.