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If I were going to spend that kind of money. I would want verification from the factory that it was in fact a mistake and not some kind of parts gun. Also you should be able to pick up a very nice JM stamped 1894 .357 for around $700. You can buy a lot of ammo for $300.

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The JM stamp looks OK to me. Serial No. sets it as a 1999 build.
As for the lack of roll stamp, perhaps a factory re-barrel.
Hard to say how it could go through proofing and leave the factory like that but when production is flat out and and people are super busy sometimes they miss stuff.

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I agree with Oz, it's a factory barrel that just got out without the markings. I have seen one or two others without markings. If it were a replacement barrel what gunsmith or other whomever would apply the marlin warning on the right side of the barrel and not apply the other factory markings?

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