I've had the good fortune to pick up three 336's in the past year, all in .35 Remington, and all pre 1983, hence no crossbolt safety. I have a 1960 vintage, a 1972, and a 1980. They are not common here, yet not uncommon. either. These rifles are what I call the "Catskill Rifle Syndrome".
Years ago and still today, you can only use a slug gun or muzzloader in New Jersey. So guys wanted to hunt the Catskills in New York with their friends who had a camp up there go and buy a rifle. They hunt the Catskills a year or 2, then either the trip is too long, or the license is too expensive, or whatever and the rifle sits in a closet for years till either the guy sells it, or he passes and the family wants to get rid of it. My gun shop tells these people that they have very little value here because you can't hunt with a rifle in New Jersey and the people tend to say they don't care, they just want them gone. I won't say what I paid for them, but needless to say I literally stole them, yet everyone was happy.
This one is the 1972. It probably sat in a closet unused outside of it's first few years, and does have a few handling marks from being carried around, but despite that is in excellent condition with very few rounds through it and has some real nice fiddleback in the stock.
Sight hood was missing when I got it, but bullseye was intact. I put sling swivels on it, and used a set of old school Weaver pivot rings and base so the scope swings over and you can use the irons and a new Bushnell Banner 2X7 that I had in the gun cabinet. I cleaned it up thoroughly, used JB Bore Paste to bring the barrel down to clean bare steel, then dyna bore coated the bore. The gun came out pretty nice, I was pleased.
I have not fired it, nor will I be firing it.
If anyone remembers Qtip from this site who passed on over 6 years ago, I am giving this rifle to Qtips (what he called his special nephew) who is actually his first cousins son. Andy always helped Qtip out and added some years to his hunting life by driving him right to his stand on the 4 wheeler after the COPD was so bad that Qtip had a hard time breathing. I will present it to him late next week when I go up to Hartwick NY and visit Qtips cousin Ronnie for a few days. I have a full box of ammo for him too because around here any ammo is pretty scarce, and .35 Remington is about impossible to find.