There are many different animals and types of hunting that you can do, each one requiring different kinds of techniques and tools. For example, if you’re hunting duck or other water fowl, you’ll need a specific type of shotgun that delivers a certain shot spread. But, if you’re walking through the thick woods, stalking your prey, you may need what’s known as a brush gun to make sure that you’re as effective as possible on your hunt.
A brush gun has a shorter barrel than most of the other hunting rifles/shotguns on the market do, enhancing its maneuverability through the thicket. Because, let’s face it, the last thing you’re going to want to happen, is to have your rifle snag on something when a big buck walks 50 yards in front of you.
One such brush gun is the Marlin lever action 336C. This hunting rifle comes chambered in .30-30 or the devastating .35 Remington cartridge. Make no mistake, these rifles are for taking deer and bear home for dinner.
Generally speaking, for it to qualify as a brush gun, it needs to have a shorter barrel—with 20 inches being the most common. Some hunters utilize a shorter barreled shotgun for hunting in the brush, but this can come at a disadvantage.
While it is possible to be accurate at 50 yards, or more, with a shotgun slug, there are a lot of variables that come into play that can cause issues. For example, most shotgun barrels are not rifled. They can be, but for the sake of shooting different types of ammo, most are not.
However, this is not true of a brush gun like the Marlin 336C lever action. The rifling grooves on these guns are precise enough that the bullet actually hits where the shooter wants it to, more often than not. This causes the rifle to shoot more accurate at longer distances as well.
When you decide that you want to stalk your prey when you hunt, or just make it easy getting to your tree stand in the wee hours of the morning, a brush gun like the ones Marlin makes are a great option. They get the job done with a devastating round and are superbly accurate firearms that are designed to kill the bigger animals that you need to feed your family.
When bringing food home is paramount, what is your go-to gun? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and make sure you check out and like the Gun Carrier Facebook page.