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.
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.