The RPP Flyweight Loading Gate greatly reduces the effort required to stoke your Marlin. It's a masterfully tuned, competition grade part right out of the gate. SASS approved.
Starting with a massive reduction in spring weight, the RPP gate requires only about 1.5 lbs. of force to open fully, while the factory loading gate can require in excess of 5 lbs.
Next, we redesigned the loading gate to offer substantially more clearance for cartridges, further reducing load effort. This is a significant benefit when loading fat, straight wall ammo like the Marlin 444. In fact, during testing we discovered that we could load a .444 dummy through the gate of a typical Marlin 336 .30-30, without benefit of the Model 444's magazine tube clearance bulge. That's first class leg room!
Finally, we paid very careful attention to the inside "feed lip" area of the gate, optimizing geometry to ease gate opening against an on-deck round, and offer smooth feeding, with perfect case head control. With every gate precisely CNC machined from solid bar stock and hand polished, consistent results are assured.
Material is 7057-T6 aluminum, the strongest grade available. Engineered for highly stressed air frames, 7057 has extraordinary fatigue strength for thousands of flex cycles without failure. When anodized, it has a surface hardness exceeding hardened steel, for excellent wear properties.
RPP Flyweight Loading Gate Features:
* Spring weight reduced by up to 70%
* No tuning required, saving you time and hassle
* Greatly increased cartridge clearance
* No knife sharp edges
* Easy loading and smooth, reliable feeding
* Precisely machined from 7075 billet and hard anodized for extreme durability
* Available in black, gold or clear anodized finish to closely match stainless rifles
* 10-15 minute installation time
A couple of good screwdrivers is all that's needed.
The gun will need to be partially disassembled - just go slo, and remember that each screw needs to return to it's original home, so get a piece of cardboard box, draw an approximation of the receiver on it, and poke a hole in your drawing where each screw can rest until reassembly.
1) Clear the rifle & ensure the chamber and magazine are EMPTY.
2) Unscrew/remove the tang screw from the upper/rear receiver tang, and pull off the buttstock to the rear.
3) Partially open bolt/lever, remove lever pivot screw and slide lever out of the bottom of the receiver (no need to remove bolt)
4) De-cock the hammer with the safety disengaged. Push forward on the hammer spring bridge and pull or push out one side of its groove. This will free the hammer spring
5) Remove hammer pivot screw, bottom trigger plate screw and side support screws to free the trigger plate from the receiver.
6) Remove the trigger plate / lower tang from the bottom of the receiver (some gentle prying may be needed).
7) Pull the locking lug out of the bottom of the receiver and swing the carrier out of the receiver (no need to remove the carrier pivot screw)
8) Unscrew the loading gate spring (1” behind he loading gate opening) and install the new gate and screw it in
Reassemble in reverse order.
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I was slightly intimidated watching the installation video, as I’m new to lever guns. The video and instructions are so clear, that I didn’t have any difficulty at all. I was appalled at the sharp, jagged and stiff gate that came with my 1895 Trapper. After installation I can load and unload big 45-70 rounds all day without injury.
Made loading much easer, easy to install. Let's you polish, debur and smooth some of the internal parts. Making the action much slicker.
The installation took me 2 plus hours as this was my first venture beyond field stripping my 336SS and I took a few more steps (filing sharp edges of the receiver, deep cleaning and working with overly tight clearances). I used a detailed YouTube on assembly and disassembly of the 336 to assist me and it helped (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFGYg3IxqgY). This video makes a few suggestions beyond what Navajo gives in his video. Also, while I had the inside of the receiver accessible, I gently filed the edges of the loading gate opening. That really helped minimize pinching/cutting as well. As mentioned, I did a thorough cleaning and lubrication with Ballistol as well.
I found the trigger assembly VERY tightly seated on my "Remlin" and I had to use a small hammer to gently tap it back in. This took some time. The edges of the receiver where the trigger assembly goes in were razor sharp and that warranted a bit of light filing.
Why did I give it a 4 STAR? While loading was easier as advertised, unloading could not be done with one hand as Navajo demonstrated in the instructional video. It seems the bottom forward tip of the new loading gate blocks unloading of either 30-30 snap caps or live rounds. To get around this, a second hand was required to lift the cartridge corner up and that popped it out. A one-handed unload would have earned a 5 STAR rating. Overall, it was a positive morning experience on a snowy Spring day here in Madison, WI.
I had taken my 336 apart and lightened the tension by modding the gate. Still wasn't satisfied so I got this one. What a difference now. Well worth the price. Very happy and so is my thumb. HAHA
Install was super easy. Haven't field tested yet, but rounds load much easier without catch my finger.
Works great, much easier to load. Appears to hold up very well. One problem though, Marlin screws, why only stainless steel? I had to blue mine, stuck out like the moon in the night sky.
I have been shooting my Marlins for over 25 years and have always had to "break-in" the factory Marlin loading gate. They do come very stiff and will eventually get easier to push as time goes on. I just came across your add on Instagram and had to buy an RPP Loading Gate to see and feel what all the reviews were saying.
Well I received the RPP Loading Gate and installed it in 10 minutes. ( I have been working on Marlins for a long time). I was impressed with the quality of the part. It matched the originals shape exactly! I liked that it didn't have sharp edges and felt nice and smooth. to say that my thumb/nail won't get pinched is a blessing!!!! I loaded a Marlin 336W and all I can say is WOW! I even took out an older JM Marlin 336A and put it in that rifle and it was a night and day difference in loading! All these years of busting a thumb are over! The Ease of loading these rifles just went from "ouch" to Alright!!!!
I would highly recommend this product for any of your Marlins! It will make the range more enjoyable!
Night and day difference loading. Quality part.
Couldn't be happier with it. On my girlfriend's little 336 compact 30-30 she managed to cut her finger with the stock loading gate and reloading times were musket-esque. The new gate is a huge improvement in both functionality and comfort.