Remlinized - The story of my 1895CB (pictures added)
I purchased the rifle in October 2019 (03KN date code-May 2019) and after a bit of work cleaning up the action it was nice, smooth and fun to shoot. At this point I started heading down the rabbit hole of upgrades. A RPP lever and mag tube follower were the first items followed by a RPP peep sight. That's when the fun began.....the peep was supposed to help my accuracy improve but it was worse. Then I noticed it felt like something was "loose" when I transitioned rapidly from one steel silhouette to another. Sure enough, by hold the stock firmly in place and grabbing the end of the barrel I could see movement between the receiver and barrel.....WTH?
Pretty sure that's not the way it should be so I call Marlin and get a service request ticket going and shipping label back to the factory.They advised me to remove any accessories I had installed and low and behold when I remove the magazine tube to reinstall the factory follower I find that I can spin the barrel right off the receiver :o:o.
Now with the barrel hand tight to the receiver the top flat is past the point of lining up with top flat of the receiver. It appears to me that whoever assembled it decided to use the front scope mount fill screw to hold the barrel snug instead of getting one that would time correctly with the receiver. When I installed the RPP peep I mounted it in the forward position and in doing so removed the one screw used to keep the barrel in place..... The fact that someone would allow a rifle to leave the factory like this is unsettling and potentially dangerous. Now I have to sit and wait for Marlin to assess the rifle and decide on a course of action and I'm not at all happy.
The rifle is on it's way back to Marlin and we'll see how they decide to handle the situation. I'll post updates as they occur.