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Have some family history with a Marlin that is long gone.

Now we have a teenage son and are going to the range on occasion, killing paper targets & clay pigeons. I have explained to him how beautiful that old .357 was that my Gramp had and was stolen. It pleased the eye, even when I was a boy.

So, started looking a few weeks ago now and am learning about the 'Remlin' issue...sad. Got very interested in that big bore 1895 Cowboy 26" 45-70, but old, apparently more desirable 'JM' rifles are hard to find and very expensive. New ones are not even in production, as far as I can tell.

I opened a new in box 336 today, while shopping at a local dealer (didn't buy, will continue looking) and found what Marlin calls Walnut in the stock had been sawed with either a not fine enough or dull bladed bandsaw leaving the wood chipped along it's grain. The 'wood' looks and feels more like contact paper on styrofoam than what I remember as solid walnut, and this was not a 'laminate' model. No shine to what might be called a satin-style finish... knock your knuckles on the stock, it has no ring or resilience, seems almost hollow. The checkering appears to be pressed into the wood like a Fords' stamped fender rather than filed. I'm far from expert regarding wood, but I know a little bit. Steel looks okay, but not the polished blue I remember... If this is what I could find just looking at the outside of the rifle in a few seconds, wonder what's inside? They want $500.00 for this rifle, which is reasonable, but I would obviously be willing to pay a bit more for something closer to what I remember as quality from that old 1950's Marlin. Nobody who cared looked at this new Marlin before it left New York, I guess. Very sad. And I'm sure not looking forward to a Chinese Marlin (nothing against the Chinese, my wife is part, & our kids!) But, what has happened to our country?

Found this forum tonight to learn from, and sincerely appreciate being able to read and maybe pick the brains and experiences of all you folks willing to share knowledge, thanks and God Bless all.
 
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Welcome to MO, this is a great place for old geezers to visit and drool over the gun porn. Seriously, if you are on a PC, scroll all the way done through the lengthy menu of topics and stickies, there is a wealth of information available. Read and enjoy.

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welcome from Texas

good luck on your search
 
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Welcome to MO, this is a great place for old geezers to visit and drool over the gun porn. Seriously, if you are on a PC, scroll all the way done through the lengthy menu of topics and stickies, there is a wealth of information available. Read and enjoy.

Uncle Sid

Thanks sir, will do that as time allows.
 

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Welcome from the southside of ATL. If you ever come up to Georgia stop by some gun stores. I see a few JM 336's around when I visit.
 
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Used Marlins that are in new condition are out there but you have to hunt for them. I only own three Marlins ,one I bought brand new a few years back, then Remington took over and the quality of the new Remlins took a dive. I was on the lookout for a "real Marlin" 1894 44 mag (Found at a small local gun show) and a 39a 22 rimfire (Found in a small local Bow shop that sells a few guns) and I finally found them. Just keep looking and you will find one in new condition at a decent price,I did.

I actually found JM Marlins that had the beauty you describe cheaper then a new Remlin. Welcome to the site and good luck finding that rifle that you seek.
 

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Welcome from Goldthwaite, TX! John
 
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Welcome from Texas. Nothing here to be nervous about. Everyone has been pretty friendly to me. Be sure and scroll to the bottom of the forum menu and keep an eye on the for sale items here. You have to have a post count of 25 to sell, but I don't think it's a problem to buy, and I would trust everyone that I have seen there. Good luck with the search.
 
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Welcome from the Republic of Texas...
 
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Welcome from Anchorage near Alaska. This is a crew both knowledgable about things Marlin and firearms in general. Very helpful and friendly. Relationship advice, politics and fiscal advice take with humor and your own grain of salt.
 

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thanks, will continue.
 

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Welcome from the Republic of Texas...
Will take under consideration, already receiving many responses, many from Texas.
I always did like Texas! Even as a boy I thought much could be learned from Texas rules of honor and respect. Our family had many railroaders, and they took us to Dallas and Ft. Worth, the old fashioned way, on the train. It was an experience few now could understand.

I wish the Washington folks could appreciate it too, but we sometimes seem to be losing Washington. I'm not certain it's part of the United States anymore.

Will be on my slow Marlin search. Thank you.
 

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45-70 a good caliber in Alaska to consider for safety? Always wondered.
Thanks!
 

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Welcome to the forums from southern Wisconsin.
 

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Welcome aboard Ol Geezer... glad you joined us...
 

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Welcome from South Carolina!! The older Marlins are around, a lot of them very reasonable with earned "character", but still shooters, so go find them, ask questions here and I'm sure you'll get just what you are looking for!! Lots of styles and calibers to choose from, just beware the "marlinitis" for it is known to make you part with way more money than you expect to!!!! Trust me, I know from first hand experience!!
 

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Welcome from Long Island farm country, happy shootin'. Cheers:beerglass:
 
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