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I am looking at a new 357 with serial numbers that start with 91 and has New Haven on the barrel, but it also has REP stamped on it as well. Does this mean it was made by Remington or was it done by the real Marlin gunmakers in Conn. Please advise. Thank you for your time & info. God Bless.
 

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My .357 1894 is a 9109 with the old address and REP on right side of barrel. I have been informed on this site that it is Illion assembled but may or may not have some left over parts. My wood was very nice also and the receiver looked and operates well. How is mag tube aligned to barrel on yours? Mine shoots very well especially with the williams receiver sight. My buck horn was maxed out for height at 50 yards using 125gr JHP+P. The williams is easier to use for me although others here use other receiver and tang rear sights.
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I bought my 1894C back in december 2010. ser# 91xxxxxx.Mine is marked the same way. I bought the Skinner tactical sight and added a fire glow sight front sight. I kept the front sight hood. But I drilled a hole in the center of the hood and took a round file until some of the metal was gone on the sides of the hood. I chose the peep sight over the scope because I'm going to use the rifle for shots less than seventy five yards at deer.Right now I'm shooting 158 JSP bullets and its accurate.Its really a fun gun to shoot. But I'm guessing Remington used left over parts from marlin .To assemble my rifle too.
 

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If they have the REP proof mark on the RIGHT SIDE of the barrel they are most definitely made by Remington in Ilion, NY. AS you have said Remington is using the barrels they have left over from Connecticut but the Receivers are not from Marlin - they are made by/for Remington. I guess once they use up the Marlin barrels they will begin using their own Ilion stamp. The PROOF MARK is the last thing that goes on a rifle when it has been assembled and test fired. It is supposed to be the stamp of approval that the rifle is ready to use. At some point Marlin has cut in new serial numbers on their receivers that begin with an Mxxxxxx.

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As for the barrels saying North Haven on them, Remington asked for and recieved a waiver from BATF to continue to use the old Marlin barrel rollstamps with that address. Remington is making the barrels in Ilion, but just putting the old address on them.
 

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The rifle looks very nice seems to be smooth. The wood to metal finish is nice and all indications looks like it will be a nice addition to my Marlin's. The only problem was that the front sight was not on there tight, it moved a little and the shop took off the the front round sight to see if it could be repaired. Should I be concerned about his or just order a new front sight and get the rifle. I will have to put it on lay-a-way as the price is a little more than I have in my slush fund. Thanks for your advise ahead of time. Take care & God Bless.
 

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Mikeflies said:
The rifle looks very nice seems to be smooth. The only problem was that the front sight was not on there tight, it moved a little and the shop took off the the front round sight to see if it could be repaired.
I have no idea what you are trying to say here. By "the front round sight" do you mean the hood or the entire front sight including the hood? If the only problem was it wasn't on tight, I guess you'd need to ask why. Are the threads in the barrel stripped? Or just the screws? Is the sight sitting correctly? If the threads in the barrel are stripped or if the sight is crooked, I would pass. If not, I'd likely buy. It sounds like it is probably a fine gun. I haven't handled many new "JM" stamped Marlins that didn't have a few issues in the last few years, so it's not just a Remington thing. Good luck!
 

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Sorry, let me clear it up. The hood was removed because the sight that slides in was able to move with just a touch of a finger. Hope this helps.
 

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Mikeflies said:
Sorry, let me clear it up. The hood was removed because the sight that slides in was able to move with just a touch of a finger. Hope this helps.
Okay, gotcha! This doesn't sound like a big deal at all. It could be shimmed. OR I bet Parson over at Skinner sights could sell you a new dovetailed post that is just a tad over-sized. Now you shouldn't need to do this on a new gun, but that's the kind of thing I've grown to expect the last few years on new Marlins. If everything else is good, this isn't a big deal, IMHO. The other option is to call Marlington and see if they won't just send you a new front sight base and post. They should, but I have no idea if they will. It's pretty easy to install if the do.
 

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A phone call will be made this morning to put a down payment on this rifle. Marlinitis is killing me. This should be it for the year...I hope (2 in 2 months). My wife does not mind this one as she can shoot it with no Problems and likes that it is smaller than my other rifles. I will post up pic's once she comes out of the dark & into the light.
 

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Jayhawkhuntclub said:
You might want to have your name engraved on it, to help your wife remember who it belongs to. ;)
I had a couple of guns that I should have done that to.
 

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Her guns all have pink, like the Walther P380 I bought her last week. I will "give" her this one if she lets me buy the 44.
 
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