Marlin Firearms Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
313 Posts
I just picked up a new one, but I’ve never been able to figure out the date of manufacture. Serial number is MR11xxxx. If someone can date this for me, I would appreciate it.

At exactly 450 rounds, the timing of the carrier became so bad, I could no longer work the lever, and had to take the spring out of the magazine tube to take the pressure off the rounds in the magazine tube so I could unload it. Marlin (it actually went to a private company in Portland, OR) currently has it. Monday (3 days from now) will make 3 weeks that they have had the gun. It was supposed to take 2 to 3 weeks. From what I’ve read, Marlin is aware of this problem, and has been for some time, so I wonder if they are just trying to use up old stock and hope nothing goes wrong with it.

Other than that problem, I’ve been happy with the gun. It does have a place where the fit of the stock to the receiver is slightly off, but you have to be looking for it to see it. If you look closely in the photo, it is visible just behind the trigger. It doesn’t bother me. Otherwise, fit and finish of the gun is good. I’m not crazy about the finish on the wood, but it is growing on me. 1894's in .357 are hard to find, JM marked or not. I wanted a JM marked gun, but it became apparent to me after 2 ½ years of searching that if I really want one, I would have to be prepared to pay thru the nose and jump on the first one I saw that looked decent.

 

· Registered
Joined
·
313 Posts
Dating the MR Marlins is the same as dating any other Remington. Look up the date code on the left side of the barrel.
I don’t have the gun here as Marlin has it back, but I have a lot of photos. I never noticed those two letters before, but it looks like a PG. I tried Googling Remington date codes and it looks like “P” stands for June, but the G seemed to mean several different years, but nothing after 2002.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
313 Posts
Looks like 2012 to me. Take a look at this link.

Remington Society of America - questions/barrelcodes
Well, it’s easy to figure out the month. June. “G” seems to stand for 1938, 1960, 1986 and 2012. Since it is a Remlin, it has to be 2012. If it was JM stamped, there must be ways to tell a 1960 from a 1986.

Thanks for that link. I’ve seen a lot of charts, but that’s the only one that made any sense to me for the later models.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
313 Posts
Hey Wingspar - check my response in this thread - http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/1894/142752-i-searched-can-t-find-out-when-my-1894c-made.html - and you should be able to date using remington cryptography. Rem's go by a date code stamped in letters on the left side of the barrel near the receiver.

By the way, anyone reading this thread, or the one I link & have a good MR (I have one & know Momentum does too) make sure to follow the thread in this link above. I suspect that OP is gonna get an earful of REP/MR bashing before he even finds out if he has a good one.

- hutch
I mentioned in my last post that I finally figured out that mine was made in June 2012. That pdf document is also on the Remington Society’s web page and was linked to by bassetman1974 just before my last post, and was the first chart I saw that made sense. Most charts I saw before that either made no sense, or didn’t go past 2002.

With my gun, the second letter was “G” which stands for several different years, but since mine is a Remlin, it was easy to figure out the year.
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top