Hello. I'm new so please forgive me if I can't find exactly what I'm looking for. I picked up a cherry 1895SS vintage '97. I sure hope someone can settle my confusion. After much research about Ballard and Microgroove barrels, it seemed that some believed that the rifle just had to be Microgroove. Others said no...it's Ballard. Then someone confirmed that if it had 6 grooves, it must be Ballard. So....upon close exam, my rifle indeed has 6 grooves. Is this then a Ballard barrel for sure? I heard that this vintage rifle was made with Micro. No "micro" appears on the barrel, just the normal info and 4 stars. I know this is a tired and worn subject but I cannot seem to get a definite answer and I cannot reach Marlin. Thanks for your patience.