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Old December 17, 2012, 10:25 PM   #6
Sinkhole
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I vote for any Marlin pre-2008. Look for a "JM" stamped in the barrel near the receiver. If it has an "REP" stamped on the right hand side of the barrel near the receiver it is a Remington made Marlin aka a Remlin. The true Marlin guns made in No. Haven CT are much higher quality than the Remlins. I recently picked up a 2003 Marlin 336 in 30-30 with a factory scope for $299 in about 98% condition. Yeah I know GTM (Grand Theft Marlin). You can tell the year buy subtracting the 1st 2 digits of the serial number from 100 for anything 1973 and newer. for older guns they used a letter prefix to determine the year except for 1968-1972 some '68s carried the AD prefix.

Date Prefix(s)
1946 C
1947 D
1948 E
1949 F
1950 G
1951 H
1952 J
1953 K
1954 L
1955 M
1956 N
1957 P
1958 R
1959 S
1960 T
1961 U
1962 V
1963 W
1964 Y, Z
1965 AA
1966 AB
1967 AC
1968 AD, 68
1969 69
1970 70
1971 71
1972 72
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