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There have been a few waffletops shown on MO that were made in 1953 but Marlin was just using up left over parts. Most of the 1953 production had the smooth topped receiver.
 

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1952 was last year. Where did you see the rifle? 1953 is my birth year and I'm looking for one in 35 Remington. I believe 1957 was the first year for factory D/T, but I could be wrong.
I was previewing an auction that is tomorrow. It was in 35. I am attending but there was a lot of people looking at the guns.
 

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Thank you Ret. Engineer. I knew someone would know about 53's with a waffle top. It must be similar to a 1957 32 special with a ballard barrel when most 30-30 and 35 were changed to micro-groove by 55-56. Using up leftovers.
 

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I saw one of the flat tops in a LGS last year, a 1954, for $325. I passed on it and it was gone in less than a week.
 

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Thank you Ret. Engineer. I knew someone would know about 53's with a waffle top. It must be similar to a 1957 32 special with a ballard barrel when most 30-30 and 35 were changed to micro-groove by 55-56. Using up leftovers.
Marlin used up old parts all the time. It not unusual to find Ballard rifled Mod 336s made in the 1960s. Heck--32 Win SPLs were supposedly ended by Marlin in 1962, but 1963 and 1964 production 32s have shown up on MO.
 

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There have been a few waffletops shown on MO that were made in 1953 but Marlin was just using up left over parts. Most of the 1953 production had the smooth topped receiver.
Now that would be the ultimate birth year 336 for me. If anybody runs across one, let me know. That is if you don't want it.
 

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I have a K prefix with a smooth top and a straight stock. I asked here about it when I bought it and was told it was probably put together with parts. Now I'm wondering. It's a good shooter.
 
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