I have a Marlin 336, .35 rem. Same as the model in this picture (not mine). This gun was my grandfathers and it was passed down to myself a number of years ago when he passed. Its quite beat up from spending long amounts of time in the woods throughout the last 25 years. He bought it once he got older and wanted a caliber that would just drop a deer. He was getting too old to be tracking for hours. This was the kinda guy that would pass up whitetail for five years straight until a trophy came walking by. This isn't my style of hunting, Ill take any decent sized deer, buck or doe, because I like the lean meat and deer jerky. Before you get all PETA on my a$$, your words are falling on deaf ears, go eat some string beans and drink up on the green tea before you faint from frustration in your cubicle.
Now onto the point of this post. This lever-action beast has seen better days. The stock is banged up and there is surface rust throughout different areas. Ill be sending it out to be re-blued. Meanwhile I have a friend of mine custom making a stock for the Marlin. We have chose a beautiful English/French Walnut for the project, and it will be a laminated type. Problem is, I've started the tear-down and can't figure out how to remove the handguard. Anyone have any experience with this? Or anything similar? If not share your related stories, I'd love to hear them!