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!