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I fondled a couple of 444 today, now a few questions for the experts. How to tell a real marlin? Also if microgroove, will barrel be marked so? Thanks
 

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Look for the JM proof mark, if the barrel is not marked look down the barrel and count the lands and grooves I think MG has 12 and ballard has only 6.Mine has MG marked on it.
 

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Thanks, will go back check out
 

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If you know the year your rifle was built, I believe the switch from MG was made in 1998.
 
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