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I am completely new to this forum, or any forum for that matter, so bare with me! Let me start by saying that I believe that a Marlin rifle is as good as they get. Love them. I have been doing some research in regards to the pre/post Remington Marlin lever guns. I have a Model 30AS, from the 1980's. The rifle has the oval-JM stamp on the barrel. Very clear and easy to read. I also have a much newer Model 1894 .44, bought it new around 5 yrs ago. Now I have read that if it is a Remington Marlin, It will have the letters REP stamped on the barrel. I have also read that these "Remlins" are a lesser quality than the older ones. Well it seems that my newer Marlin has neither the oval-JM or the REP stamp. I have attached a picture of the stamp on my 1894. I should mention that it says North Haven, CT, has the ''bullseye'' one the stock, but its lacking the traditional oval-JM stamp. Serial # 910***** Its been a wonderful rifle, harvested 4 Indiana whitetail with it. Any one know why this may be? Is it a pre-remington Marlin? Thanks in advance guys and gals!


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91xxxxxxx could be 2009 or 2010. They carried it over into the next year before starting up with the MR serials. Look for an REP stamp on the other side of the barrel. If it has that it's a Remington.
 

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Gembiz21 and 44-40 Willy thank you both for you replys! I appreciate them! I guess i still have a few unanswered questions. There is no "REP" stamp on the gun. The only stamp is the one pictured above. However, it does not look like the normal JM inside an oval stamp. Why dosent mine have that? The gun was purchased brand new in the fall of 2009.
 

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You have a real Marlin, don't worry, it doesn't seem like the oval around the JM proof mark had been used for several years for rifles coming out of North Haven. If the oval was used, it was very hard to make it out.
 

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Hello and Welcome to MarlinOwners from New York!!!

The JM stamps are quite often distorted or lightly stamped on the barrels, sometimes the stamp is even on the other (Right Side) of the barrel. It just kinda depended on who was doin the stamping! Left handed/ Right handed and which way the gun was running.
Your gun I'm thinking is a Marlin but it's real close to the Rem take over/switchover/moving period. If the fit n finish is good, sights are straight and NOT canted left/right and it shoots n functions correctly your GTG!!!
Have you shot it yet?
Howz the action/lever cycle?

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winterlands and BloodGroove4570 thank you for the added info! The gun functions very well. It is a tac driver. Fit and finish seem good. I have shot 4 deer with it, with 4 bullets. One shot, one kill every time. And they never go more than 20 yds. It is my favorite gun by far. I was just hoping that it was a true Marlin! And so far, that looks to be the case. Thanks again everyone for the comments! Keep them coming, i like to here everyones thoughts. So far im really liking marlinowners.com! Im learning alot!
 

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The difference between the JM stamp being on the left and right side of the barrel is which Marlin factory they were built in. The left side is from the newer North Haven factory. The right side is from the old original Marlin factory in New Haven that closed in the late 60s. That's why you see the JM on the right side on older guns.
 

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winterlands and BloodGroove4570 thank you for the added info! The gun functions very well. It is a tac driver. Fit and finish seem good. I have shot 4 deer with it, with 4 bullets. One shot, one kill every time. And they never go more than 20 yds. It is my favorite gun by far. I was just hoping that it was a true Marlin! And so far, that looks to be the case. Thanks again everyone for the comments! Keep them coming, i like to here everyones thoughts. So far im really liking marlinowners.com! Im learning alot!
Well it sounds like your in good shape than! Hey how about a pic of the whole gun :biggrin:, we All like GUN PORN!!! IMO you have one of the best caliber (44mag) Marlins, well besides the 45-70 :biggrin:. Im a BIG time 44mag and 45-70 FREAK!!!!! Big Lead is Awesome!!! I have a few 44mag guns, Marlin 1894P, S&W 29-2, and a Ruger Super Blackhawk and still lookin for more! :shot:

Do you shoot factory loads or do you roll your own? Jacketed or HC's?

Heres a pic of my 1894P








And the partners!






As it sits now,Not wearing Hogues!




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BloodGroove4570, nice guns man! Do you ever do any hunting with the handguns? I think it would be really neat to shoot a deer with a handgun. We can do that in Indiana with certain caliber and barrel length requirements! My Marlin is the only .44 i have, some day I would like to get a ruger. I use the Hornady LeverEvolution factory loads thru my 1894, works wonders for me. I dont have any "deer legal" handguns but I attached a pic of my other baby (Glock 22 - .40S&W), thought you might like it! also here is that pic of the whole gun you were looking for :biggrin: Sorry i should have attached one in my initial post!! Thanks a million for all this info!
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Awesome! Yes I hunt mostly with my HandGuns (HG's) , both big and small game. I use to hunt with the bow but it never really got in my blood so to speak, I always loved huntin with some kind of gun waaay more! So to make things kind of like bow hunting I started to hunt with a 22 HG for squirrels, well that was that and I loved it! I been HG huntin ever since and that's been about 15 yrs now. I have shot a few deer with the Smith pictured, and it usually goes with me when im deer hunting if I happen to be using a shotgun or rifle. Ive been known to carry both the S&W 44mag and Ruger Single 6 at the same time when in the woods :biggrin:........ I have TC Contenders and Encores that do most of the "heavy lifting" when out for deer, but I hope this year to take a deer with the Ruger Super Blackhawk (1st year owning it during season). Im planning on also trying the 1894P and the 44mag HG's out for squirrel huntin with some reduced power hardcast loads in the next couple weeks! :flute: :biggrin:
So I guess as long as my eyes let me I will keep on HG huntin!!! Besides the TC's are scoped so im good to go!!!


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Thompson Centers; yep I like'em! :biggrin:





Glocks, yeah I like Glocks too!!!


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When U get a chance, look at this thread for your "Gun Viewing Pleasure"!!!!

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