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    Model 1936 in 32 WS

    New here. Just bought this carbine at a gun show last weekend and I'm looking for information on it. This is my second marlin. The first one was a 336 that was so inaccurate, it put me off of marlins for nearly 20 years. I did not take very good pictures. My first round of pictures on a new gun is usually just to get the markings. I'll do some gun porn this weekend.

    I'm betting there's an awesome post around here somewhere chocked full of info about the 1936 / 36 but I haven't found it yet. If someone wants to post a link to it, I'd appreciate it. I usually gravitate towards winchesters, but along the way I've picked up a little (very little) about marlins. So I have a couple of questions that might sound dumb.

    1. I can't find the JM marking on the barrel anywhere. Did they not do that from the beginning?
    2. I don't see the marlin bullseye. Does that mean the stock was replaced, or did they not do that from the beginning?
    3. I note that the lever doesn't sit flush with the stock. I did not notice that at the gun show because with the requirements to keep guns zip tied, I'm used to looking at guns that aren't completely closed. Not that the seller did anything to hide it, it just didn't register to me that the lever looked slightly open. Looking at some pictures posted here, that doesn't look to be uncommon. What's the reason for this? Does it indicate either a lever or stock was replaced, was it just poor quality control? I don't think the lever got bent. If feels solid and the curve looks smooth to me. I'm thinking I would need a lot of heat if I wanted to reshape the lever. (Something I would never do myself).

    Now lets see if I can figure out how to attach files.
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    man ain't that a beauty! get some ammo and let us know how she shoots. My 1952 32 spl is very accurate.
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    Welcome ! Nice old square bolt Marlin. I don’t think they used the bullseye back then, but I’m sure others with more expertise will chime in. Don’t understand your accuracy problems with your old 336 as they are usually as good as one would expect from the cartridge and rifle type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shawlerbrook View Post
    Welcome ! Nice old square bolt Marlin. I don’t think they used the bullseye back then, but I’m sure others with more expertise will chime in. Don’t understand your accuracy problems with your old 336 as they are usually as good as one would expect from the cartridge and rifle type.
    I was a teenager back then, but I always blamed it on the microgroove barrel. Mainly because it was the first time I'd ever heard of it and logically it seemed like if the bullet didn't grab the rifling well enough you'd have bad accuracy. It's been a while but I think it keyholed too. This was at either 50 or 75 yards because I could barely hit the hundred yard target. I was using factory 30-30 ammo. Probably core lokt. Now that I know a little more, I realize the barrel was probably buggered up. I just didn't know to look for that back then.

    Anyway, I'll be shooting it in a couple weeks. I already have a winchester mod 94 in 32 special, so I'll do a little competition. The winny is a whippernsapper in comparison, it was made in 1955. I figure this marlin was made in 1936 or 1937.

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    The JM may be on the bottom of the barrel. That is where it is on my 1894 made in 1895.
    It is in the usual positions on my 19489 336 and 39.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve_In View Post
    The JM may be on the bottom of the barrel. That is where it is on my 1894 made in 1895.
    It is in the usual positions on my 19489 336 and 39.
    Bottom as in, I need to remove the handguard? I looked all over the exposed parts of the barrel and can't find it.
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    I agree with you that your pictures are no good. However, that being said, you did yourself a favour. You are a lucky man. From your terrible pictures you have acquired a Marlin Model of 1936 in it's 1st variation with an unprefixed serial number and the coveted 'perchbelly' forestock. The Model 1936 was produced in late 1936 for the 1937 sale year and in rifle, sporting carbine and real carbine iterations, and in .30-30 W. and .32 Winchester Special calibres. I can't tell from your pictures what you have. Forget about 'JM' markings;they're a later feature. The Model of 1936 in it's two variations, and especially the 1st one are highly regarded and sought after. There just aren't that many that come up for sale. Your firearm has Ballard cut rifling and which has a reputation for very good accuracy. No Marlin Bullseye was placed on this model. There is a special section in this Forum started by Swany devoted to the Model of 1936 and other square bolts prior to the 336. Well done. We need more pictures.
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    Thank you Smithywess, especially for the information about the bullseye and JM marking. I'll get better pictures this weekend at the latest. I know it's a regular carbine, but of course the pictures don't show that.

    I think you should add a line to your sig.

    "If my wife asks....all guns cost five bucks and ammo is free !!!

    Unless I'm dead. Then for God's sake someone please get to her quick and tell her what they're really worth. "
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambler View Post
    Bottom as in, I need to remove the handguard? I looked all over the exposed parts of the barrel and can't find it.
    Yes the handguard needed to be removed.
    Mine is on the bottom flat. If it does not have one it is no big deal.
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    Better Pictures with sunlight and everything!
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