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Hey everyone!

I just received my first Marlin today, an 1895 with a 22" barrel and 4 capacity magazine tube.
When I picked it up from my FFL transferee, everything looked good and functioned, but when I got it home I noticed a couple of strange things; mind you, this gun was purchased new from a large online dealer...

The bluing on the ejector side of the receiver looks worn, as well as the feed port for the magazine tube. That doesn't really bother me because it's bound to get worn anyway, but I put a couple pictures in...

What might bother me, is when I looked down the barrel and noticed the sights appear canted...
That is the front sight hood (at least) is canted to the left of the barrel's center, and the rear sight post is canted off to the right. It's quite noticeable. I'm hoping this is a normal process, but guessing it's not.
Any advice?
Am I nitpicking?
 

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bizz – welcome to MO :)

No, you’re not nitpicking – those sights are not indexed correctly and not right.
Send it back to the (so called factory) for a replacement barrel.
 

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Crap...I thought so.

So how does this work, I call up Marlin tomorrow for a shipping tag and follow the steps?

This really takes the wind out of my sails with Marlin as a company... I own about 8 brands of guns and even Kel Tecs and Taurus's never came with canted sights.

Hopefully I'm just one of the unlucky ones and I'll be able to move on to enjoying my first lever action.
 

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Rowdy said:
those sights are not indexed correctly and not right.
Send it back to the (so called factory) for a replacement barrel.

+1, Send it back.......... the loading gate should have no bluing loss on a brand new rifle either.
 

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That is totally unacceptable. That type of workmanship is reprehensible. They should make good, and then some. Some kind of restitution is in order for your having to return to factory (money and time) for them to make it right. That is just not right. This is why, I will not buy a remington product. Too much competition out there building a better product by people that really care what goes out the door. This last year I have bought 9 guns, and believe me, none are Remington products. No more Remington made guns for me.
 

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I just looked at a 336DL 30-30 in Cabella's the other day that had beautiful wood but the sights were screwed up exactly the same way. Front sight was off at least a 1/16" to the left. Price on the rifle was $795! I tried to look and see if maybe the barrel was clocked wrong but it appeared correct just based on the location of the roll stamps. Blueing was fine on that one.
 

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On my 336XLR the front sight is out of position and to the left. Not by much, but enough so you can see it. At first I thought it was a crocked post and changed to one from mr Skinner, but it's the base that is out of position. This is a true Marlin from the old plant and not a Remlin, Marlington or what ever. At first I thought about chopping a few inches of the barrel, but it doesn't seem affect my shooting much since I keep hitting the 200 meter gong when sighted dead on -for windage- at 100 meters. It is still something that really annoys me.
 

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Malle said:
It is still something that really annoys me.


And probably will as long as you own it unless you hold Marlin responsible and make them fix it........
 

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I really appreciate the quick feedback everybody.

I have never had to deal with a gun manufacturer, but I'll hold complete faith in their competency until my experience tells me otherwise.
Hopefully I got one of a few lemons, and it will be resolved soon.

I shouldn't hold back from saying the wood is beautiful and the action is acceptable. I really do like the gun, the butt pad leaves a little to be desired and had some 'filaments' of rubber dangling that weren't touched up, but it doesn't really bother me.

I'm pretty laid back in regards to appearances of my guns, I just want proper function; especially from a hunting gun!

I contacted the online store I bought it from, but I think I violated their return policy by completing the transfer. In any case, I don't blame them, they sell huge volumes of guns and I didn't even notice this problem until I had spent about 3-4 minutes inspecting and feeling it out.
I'll keep everyone posted on the entire process from first contact, to waiting, to finished product. I'll also have pictures updated when need be.
I think a deal breaker for me is if I'm expected to pay shipping, I don't feel the want or need to have to pay any more to get the complete product then what I was charged.

As they say, a deal's a deal.
 

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You shouldn't have to pay shipping. I haven't had to send anything back since Remington took over but I can tell you when I sent my 308MXLR back, Marlin sent me a shipping tag. All I had to do was box it up and take it to UPS.

Oh, if you want your original box, don't send the rifle in with it 'cause you probably won't ever see that box again.

-Bob George
 

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I hate to say it, but it looks like a gun someone returned! I can't tell from the pics, but does the rear sight just need to be tapped over a bit or was the dovetail cut incorectly? Might be the barrel is not indexed properly. What are the first two didgets of the serial #? Probably MR! SEND IT BACK!
 

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I did the measurements to the top of the writing on each side first. I was impressed they were both stamped almost exactly the same in height. But clearly the dovetail is about 0.1" canted from to the right side of the gun. I'm calling Marlin right now.
 

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They're sending me a shipping tag and were very friendly.

For anyone else who ever has to call repairs, call the 1-800-544-8892, then press extension 4 and wait, then press extension 3. I only had to hold for maybe a minute and my tag was in the mail after about 3 minutes of conversation.

Nice folks.
 

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They're sending me a shipping tag and were very friendly.

For anyone else who ever has to call repairs, call the 1-800-544-8892, then press extension 4 and wait, then press extension 3. I only had to hold for maybe a minute and my tag was in the mail after about 3 minutes of conversation.

Nice folks.
They are getting used to it by now..
 

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It looks like it was built by a rank amatuer fresh off the street ....I too think they are recycling guns returned to the factory hoping to get a dumber or blinder customer on the the 2nd or 3rd go around until someone is finally able to be stuck with it due something in the small print....pretty obvious QC is totally out to lunch on these guns...super sad state of affairs...they all need melting down and start again from scratch :p
 

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Well, it's been a week now since I spoke to the man at Marlin who stated he would send me a shipping tag for UPS.
I have received nothing...
Ironically, I received a midwayusa package that I had ordered a day earlier via UPS ground already.
Guess I'll call tomorrow and see what's up.
It's looking like the customer service is about as good as the gun I was sold.
 
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