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Marlin Serial Numbers

I have found a Marlin lever gun that has a serial number with no JM or REP pre-fix. Made in New Haven, CT. Is it a JM or REP do ya think? I didnt know they were made without the pre-fix. Also do you think it is micro groove or Ballard rifling? Thank you.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-29-2012, 05:34 PM
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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

Whats the first two digits?

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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

My '79 1894 has no prefix...look for a stamp on the left side of the barrel where it meets the receiver.

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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

Any marlin made prior to the move to Elion NY dont have letters in the serial # The GOOD marlins have all numbers in the serial and have a JM rollmark on the barrel ......The BAD marlins have an RM prefix in front of the serial# and dont have a JM rollmark on the barrel

I believe anything after 1953 was micro groove with the exception of some of the BIG BORE rifles
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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

Sometimes you really have to look to see the JM.They are sometimes real faint.
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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

Where the barrel meets the receiver is where you want to look. On the left side is where Marlin stamped theirs with a "JM" If it was made by Remington it is stamped on the right side with "REP" I THINK Marlin used microgrooved barrels in their big bore rifles up to around 2000-2001. The one's I have seen were actually stamped on the barrel "Microgrooved"
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Re: Marlin Serial Numbers

If it is micro-groove the barrel will be marked so.

Subtract the first 2 numbers of the serial # and should have the year it was made.

Remington took over Marlin in 2007.

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