I recently bought a 336C, and after checking out a lot of posts on how to determine the age of manufacture of my rifle, I think I've got the age, but I'm not sure. The serial number is 33xxxB. I'm assuming you subtract the 33 from 100 which gives me the date as 1977. But is there any significance to the letter B at the end of the serial number? The rifle was bought "used" at LL. Bean, but looked brand new and had the box and everything that is supposed to come with the rifle still in the box. They had a number of these "used" 336C's at the time, all looking in new condition and with the box. Could this rifle actually be new and maybe just stored in some warehouse or shop for a number of years until LL Bean bought it up at some sort of closeout sale? Any info or opinions would be appreciated.
Using what system of math does 100 - 33 = 77? I must have been asleep when this new math came out.
And the date code for 1967 is AC. There is no 33 code that that I'm aware of, but somebody on here probably is aware of the significance of that one.
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Oh Halwg, we both had got out of school when them folks came up with that "new math" stuff......
Where was the serial number stamped? Receiver, tang, under the lever?
And Halwg, really! 100-33=67+tax=77. There's taxes on EVERYTHING now.
I have heard that the letter at the end was because the number stamping machine at the factory did not advance to the next number, so sometimes two guns got stamped with the same number. When that happened, they added a letter to the end, but it was usually an A. Maybe on that day there was more than one with the same number.
I can't speak to the 33, I'm not at this moment sure where the "Intelligent" system was started, but the fact that there is a B at the end of the # would indicate there are3 guns with the same numerical number, so the Alpha Characters were added............Not unusual at all. and No, there is no additional value, or reduced value.
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This must have been a semi common occurrence as two others of us here have alpha suffixes.
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I'm thinking the "B" might be a "1 8". There should be 7 numbers anyway.
I have a 336 with serial number 23xxxxx....it's a 1977. Now, about the "33" serial number, the only thing I can find is from the "Marlin_Date_Codes.....jpg", which shows that serial numbers 329001 - 355300 were made in 1906. I doubt that's your rifle As Hal said, there is no "33....." serial number to be found (that I know of), but!..........
Just playing with numbers here: If you subtract 33 from 100, you get 67. 1967 models were supposed to begin with AC. An "03xxxxx" serial number was made in 1997, so if your rifle somehow had a "0" as the first digit, followed by a "33", then.......
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...Or maybe... perish the thought... if the serial was stamped on the left side receiver, and Remington figured out they needed to take out the "MR" to sell rifles again...
Both my Remlins 336 BL and C's serial number end with a "B". They have an "MR" followed by 5 numbers and a "B". Oh oh! Don't real Marlins have 7 or 8 numbers? And older ones are stamped on the tang? When stores have new old stock anything here, the price is stratospheric. A NIB 336C from the 70's ought to fetch a pretty good price, if you know what I mean.
Now, all this is meaningless if the serial was not on the receiver...
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