Patrick Carter showed up at a recent lever-action training day with Chris Costa with his modified Marlin DARK 336 chambered in .30-30 Winchester. It is his favorite rifle, and he shared with us why. "I carry this one out 99% of the time," said Carter, referring to his heavily modified lever-action rifle. "I absolutely need to have a reason to leave this one at home."
The rifle Carter was referring to is his Marlin DARK 336. It sports a 16-inch barrel that was threaded to accept a suppressor. The can Carter runs is a Silencerco Hybrid 46. "This can fits freaking everything. 46 cal down," he said. He runs it on a lot of his guns.
Down from the can was the Ranger Point Precision rail M-LOK Rail. Carter likes the fact that it has M-LOK attachment points in the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions. This allows him to attach a bunch of accessories. The rail also has QD attachments which allow him to attach a Magpul MS1 sling to the rifle.
"The factory trigger in this thing was atrocious," said Carter, referring to the stock trigger on the Marlin DARK 336. So, he replaced it with the Ranger Point Precision Marlin trigger which breaks at 3.25 pounds.
Carter replaced the Marlin stock with a Ranger Point Precision Modular Butt Stock. It has adjustments for your cheek and length of pull. It has M-LOK and QD attachment points as well as a quiver that holds six extra rounds.
To top off the rifle, he had a Riton Optics X3 Tactix 1-8x24 scope. This was mounted on Contessa by Riton 30mm rings. This setup has allowed Carter to harvest four whitetail deer with his Marlin DARK 336 rifle.
Lever action rifles have certainly come a long way over the last couple of years. What do you think of Carter's setup? Let us know in the comments.