What is the Marlin 336 in .35 cal. that has a 69 in the serial number, then a space and 6 more numbers. Has walnut stock with the bullseye and the Marlin Man logo in a nickle size medallion with 1970 in it.
bassman 1, the way things used to be done (not sure about now) at Marlin, Winchester, and perhaps others, was receivers and other parts, were built and placed in parts bins. As they were used, others were put in on top. Sometimes the overlap went on for a while. My Octagon, released in 1973 only, is on a 1972 receiver. This is not unusual, as several like dates for octagons have been reported. I also have a Winchester Model 70 with a receiver dating to 1938. The barrel is dated 1940. I doubt it was re barreled at Winchester. The original owner (a family friend) also had a .30-06 purchased at about the same time.
Cousin bought all his Winchesters when the gentleman gave up hunting in the early sixties.