Not a rant but an update on my Remington Marlin purchases!
So as some of you know, as an FFL dealer, I decided to try selling the new Remington Marlins. To date my first Marlin purchase was an 1895 GBL, it was very nice. I inspected it, put it out for sale, and it sold with zero issues. Have not heard anything from the customer so no news is good news! They just need to fill out the registration form I gave them so that the rifle is covered by Davidsons (my distributor).
So, based on that experience I ordered two more, a Marlin 336 stainless in 30-30, and received it today, it is very nice, the lever is a little sharper than I'd like but overall fit and finish are satisfactory. The factory checkering isn't wonderful, but it seemed pretty deep and if you did not have a JM stamped to put up against it as I do, I think you would be satisfied!
I also ordered a 1895G 45-70 blued. It also arrived today with the Marlin 336 SS. This one when I inspected it was VERY nice looking, wood was dark fit and finish looked great, except when I shouldered it. It LOOKED like it had a canted barrel, but I think it might be either a bent rear buckhorn sight OR the dovetail is not cut straight. I have seen where the dovetail on the buckhorn itself is welded on crooked, but bottom line, it is going back. Not going to chance to scratch it trying to fix it myself. So, the current score! mazer 2 to Remington Marlin 1
Things are still going in my favor! I am going to keep track here of the Marlins I send back, which, if I get a good one on the second go around is fine, but it would NOT be fine if I needed that rifle by to say, the weekend that I have a show!
That said, I will get a new rifle in a few days and we'll see if the next candidate passes muster. Worse case, if it appears that the 1895G's are having issues, I'll not purchase them again.
6/6/19 Fixed the issue myself! All good now, pulled the screws in the 1894, cleaned them again, and this time soaked them in Ballistol. :). Cheers!