I have owned several Marlin firearms thru the years. i think they are fine firearms, at least the REAL Marlins. I have only read horror stories about Rem-lins. anyway, I was looking on Gun Broker, and found several firearms that the owner is talking about a stamp on the gun of " JM ". what does this mean? and how would it influence a guns value, everything else being equal. and where would the stamp be found? i at some point, would like to buy an 1895CB model. I have an 1895G, which i bought because of the price tag. i was trying to decide which i wanted, a short barrel or long barrel, when i stumbled across the "G" gun, so i let that decide. it does everything i could ever ask it to do. but i have always liked long barreled guns. so until i own a "CB", i will never be happy. and for some reason, which i can not even come close to explaining, a 25-20 is something i have become interested in. other than small game or paper targets, i have no idea what for, but that little cartridge is just so cute. it would make an awesome gun for my daughter. infusing lever guns into my kids blood is a goal i have set. and while i already have my son hooked with my 30-30, my 9 year old daughter is still in the 22 stage. for some reason, she loves my Marlin 783 22 magnum. she has her own 22 bolt action (cz452), but after shooting the magnum, it seems to have lost most of its appeal to her. anyway, getting back to the reason for my post, i am just an average shooter, but ran across the JM stamp, and was curious. any information would be appreciated. thanks!
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The JM stamp is found on the left (port) side of the barrel at the point where the barrel meets the receiver. The Rem-lins have a REM stamp on the right (starboard) side of the barrel, again, just above where the barrel meets the receiver. The JM marks a weapon built by the old , veteran Marlin team—the ones who built quality weapons before Remington bought the company and fired the ones who new what they were doing.
The Remlins were built by inexperienced personnel so the quality suffered. At present, therefore, a wise man will look for a JM-stamped Marlin, and be willing to pay a premium for its quality. If one does purchase a REM-stamped rifle, one will examine very, very carefully to be sure the stock's fit and finish are good, that the barrel is straight and has the sights properly aligned. I had the opportunity of comparing a new JM with a new REM Marlin last year. Both were on the rack at my local Gander Mountain. Even I, a rookie in the Marlin camp—and to shooting, really, could see the difference between the two pieces. The JM was clearly a superior product.
Given another two years, Remington may be able to make a quality weapon. We are beginning to see reports of good weapons, already. But the good ones are too rare to think that Remlins are equal to Marlins, at least not yet.
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That JM stamp could be on either the right or left side, it depends if the stamper was right handed or left handed and which way the gun was running... This was told to me from an employee from Marlin plant...
Also, sometimes it can be a light hit and look a little deformed or not a complete JM
I also like the CZ452/453 rifles, i have the 452 22mag and would like to get a 452 22LR in the future.
An early Remlin could also have a "JM" stamp on the barrel. The only way to know for sure if it's a Remlin is the serial # will begin with "MR"!
The jm on my 336 has the oval and is more on top tha on either side.
I was not impressed with the new Marlins with the REP stamp. They just did not feel right. I would get a JM stamped one and be happy for a long time.
It seems from what I'm seeing in posts here on MOF from mid 2011 on the "Remlin reviews" were much improved. I think guys like you, and others have helped our members know what to look for and avoid. I also think there are a LOT of lemon's floating around out there, and LGS owners who are too greedy to send back obviously bad ones, since even the Remlin's are scarce. Searching for a "good" relin is like hunting for anything else . . . but their resale value isn't. Find a good one and it's a woods gun you can not worry about beating up. - hutch