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I purchased A nice pre-safety Marlin 1895 about 6 months ago. It is a 45-70.
I was looking at the serial number today and wanted to confirm the year of manufacture.

The problem is that the serial number LOOKS to me like it starts with a letter B. If this is so, the Marlin table would place it as 1941. Wow.......thats old. The gun did arrive with an ancient , side scope mount. I had to get #10 plugs to fill the 3 holes in the left side of receiver. See pic

If the first digit of the serial number is not a letter B.... then it must be a number 8. That would make it 8004204. Does this mean it was made in 1980 ?

The barrel markings give " Model 1895 45-70 Govt."
There is no lawyer safety warning on barrel , thank the lord....

Thanks for any help you can give .......


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That is likely a first year 1972 with the BO start on the serial number. Except for the extra scope mount holes it is identical to mine which has a slightly lower number. This is a favorite hunting rifle and with moderate loads it is a pleasure to shoot and very accurate. It will be the last gun I sell.
 

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On a 1941 gun the Bxxxx would be on the trigger plate. Nice looking rifle.
 

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Look at it this way as well. That is a "round bolt" receiver, which did not start until the model 336 in 1948. So you can assume the first letter being a B. First year. Fun rifle no matter.
 

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I also have a first or second year rifle, B002502. I have heard that the early rifles had conventional rifling as oppose to the micro groove which came on later rifles. Perhaps someone can confirm that. Anyway mine does very well with cast lead bullets. This rifle and caliber are great as you can load it either mild or wild.
 

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Congrats on a very nice rifle!
 

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The B and B0 rifles came Micro-Groove and six groove conventional rifling 1972 and 1973. Long ago I read an article by Brian Pearce that said Marlin bought a number of six groove barrels for the newly released 1895's from Douglas, and of course the MIcro Groove barrels were made in-house.
 
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