I have been wanting a short, lever action carbine for some time. I really wanted a Rossi 92 in .44 Mag or .45 Long Colt but they are outside of my gun budget right now. I already had this Marlin 30AW for the last few years and it shoots well. I decided not to buy another rifle and ammo and just use what I have. So I did some research and reading and started looking at modifying this rifle. Marlin makes/made a neat little carbine called a Spike Horn. It is actually a 336Y youth model. My end goal is to replicate this little Spike Horn. I have to locate a few tools for the barrel trimming project before I begin that portion. So today I just did the straight grip modification. This is different than the 336Y, I know. I just like the straight grip.
The finish on the stock looks like poo. The "hardwood" must need a special stain to get even coverage.
Then I practiced cutting a few dovetails because I will have to cut a new dovetail for the front sight when I trim the barrel to 16.25". I did this on a scrap piece of barrel I had in the parts bin. They turned out ok but I would rather wait till I can get a jig to cut it straight.