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Upon inspection of the barrel today I could find neither a jm or rep stamp where it should be on the barrel of these guns. Since I was unable to take it home today "grrrr" for further inspection, is there another place this stamp would be or another way to tell? I'm assuming it's a rem barrel since it is new...
 

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I've seen them on the right side of the barrel in front of the receiver showing the REP stamp.
 

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Me too but there is nothing there. If it's a jm is it in same spot? Theres a small proof mark on the left side of the barrel in the mirror image spot of where the rep stamp should be but I couldn't quite make it out. Is it possible this is a jm stamp or is that even where the jm stamp is located?
 

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If it's on the left side of the barrel it's most probably a JM proofmark. On mine it's pretty small, and kind of hard to ID due to its oval shape.
 

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It did have an oval shape to it! Hopefully this means I managed to get one of the original marlin guns somehow. Not that I'm exactly sure there is any real difference between the two I just enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the marlin barrel as opposed to the remington barrel.
 

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Yeah, MarlinXL7 is spot on, here, they're generally stamped on the left side of the barrel, even for other Marlins made in Connecticut such as lever actions. They're not always fully stamped, either, sometimes you'll get the full JM, other times you'll only get a J or a M or a partial. We had a thread about this a little while back. This could explain why you weren't able to make it out.
 

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Excellent! Well if this is the case it more than makes up for them deciding they wanted to do a little more in depth background check on me. All I have to say is if they ordered more than one of these in they better not end up selling this one and me getting a different one when I come back to get it. Unfortunately I have learned over the years that thats my luck and would not be shocked if that is exactly what happens! Lol
 

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Mine's one of the earlier ones before they put the "M" or "W" (depending on how you look at it) on the grip cap, and there's that Famous ID!. I picked this one up in November of 2008, they were only out for a short while. Mr fixit
 

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^^^I will never stop kicking my rear for picking the one at Gander Mtn with an "M" just because my name is Max. I was so stupid I only checked the proofmark, my little brain never thought about checking the serial number. Alas, now my dreams are haunted by the XL7 that mighthave had a really, really low serial number. Oh well, I'll have to be satisfied with the 5,728th XL7 ever made. :'(
 

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It did have an oval shape to it! Hopefully this means I managed to get one of the original marlin guns somehow. Not that I'm exactly sure there is any real difference between the two I just enjoy the peace of mind that comes with the marlin barrel as opposed to the remington barrel.
on my .308 you can't read it at all, its just a little circle that doesn't look like anything.
 

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my xl7 is about half stamped, you see half the oval and the j real good and the m is barely on there
 

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Well I'm glad to hear about what everyone has to say about this stamp. The week I ordered it there was a 30-06 w/scope that was there and the stamp that it had was very clear and visible as a rep stamp on the right side of barrel so this one being on left side oval shaped and barely visible has my hopes high that this is a marlin barrel.
 

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Well after further inspection now that it is home I have decided that there is no way to make out exactly what the stamp on the left side of barrel is. Is there any other method of identifying whether this is a marlin or rem barrel other than the stamp? Possibly by serial #?
 

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Well after further inspection now that it is home I have decided that there is no way to make out exactly what the stamp on the left side of barrel is. Is there any other method of identifying whether this is a marlin or rem barrel other than the stamp? Possibly by serial #?
Serial # XL7XXXXX is definitely Marlin, I'm not sure what you have, though. Any way you can post a pic of the stamp? And post the first three digits of the serial #?
 

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starts 917 but has no XL7 prefix. looks similar to one pictured in this thread with walnut stock but it is very hard to identify. will try to get a good picture asap and post it here.
 

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Looks like you have a "JM"-stamped Marlin. You can just see the edge of the "J". :)

That's what I think, anyway...it clearly has an "M" so it can't be a "REP" proofmark. I'm not sure if any X7s had the "REM" one. If you've got bigger pics PM me for my email address and I'll let you know for sure.

Here's how mine looks:
 

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Will do when I can get a bigger more clear pic I will pm you and see what we can figure out. Thanks a lot I really appreciate all the help and input! Can't wait for some range time this is one nice piece. Completely satisfied so far!
 

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So why you no like a Remlin
 

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So why you no like a Remlin
Me, that's a fine-looking gun you've got there. It kind of reminds of those Krummlauf thingys... :D :eek: ::) :-X ;) :D
 
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