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Serial number, date and manufacturer question Model 1895 45-70

WOW,
I can't believe how stupid I feel asking this question. I'm sure the answer is right in front of me here, but I can't figure out all the answers.
I have a Marlin Model 1895 in 45-70 that was bought a while back. I was hoping to join a CAS group out here but it didn't work out, so I'm trying to sell it so I can get something else more practical. I've been contacted by an interested party, but he wants to be certain that it's a "Real Marlin" and not a Remington or Remlin built rifle.
There is one proof mark on the left side of the barrel and it looks like "JMM", but the stamp is not even from one side to the other, so it's not absolutely clear reading it. I can't see any markings indicating it is a Remington build. There is no "REM" proof mark, and the serial numbers don't match their pattern.
I have no idea what marks to look for to see if it's a "REMLIN" which seems to be a hybrid build.
So I'm really not sure what I have to answer the other party.

Your help is greatly appreciated.
The serial number is 920018xx. Looking up the serial number makes me believe it was built in 2008, and I'm not sure when Marlin was acquired by Remington.

And here's a photo of the proof mark
JMM Proofmark1.jpg

Thanks in advance,
Gearchecker
 

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It is a 2008. Remington did not come into the picture until 2009. It isn't unusual at all for a double hit like you've shown to happen. You have the genuine article Marlin 45-70.
 

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You're good to go. Remington's influence started to show itself in 2009.
 

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Thanks so very much. I knew I could count on you guys for the help I needed.
 
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