Looking at guns on GB, and some "JM" guns don't have the serial # on the receiver, but some do. What year did Marlin, at least on 45/70s or Guide Guns specifically, move the serial # to the receiver from the tang?
I see a 45-70 Cowboy for sale in Tulsa. The long Octagonal barrel, and Ballard rifling are a temptation, but at $750 I'm going to let that one walk. I'll have to just get by with the XLR. It's on Armslist if anyone cares to look into it. Maybe a Marlin man in Ohio needs it?I don't know when they moved it, but my 1895 JM Cowboy is marked on the side of the receiver.
Marlin moved them on some of their guns so we could put tang sights on them when we play Cowboy and not disturb the serial number.
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I've seen some 91 prefix Guide Guns with the serial on the receiver, so perhaps after Remington changed the North Haven assembly line in 2009, they started stamping them on the receiver instead...just a guess.Marlin didn't move the serial #, Remington did. The ones on the left side of the receiver start with "MR" and come from Illion, NY. Some of the older Marlins LG have the serial# on the bottom of the tang, inside of the top.