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tone59
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Posted - 01/07/2018 :  03:47:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I was planning to bid on one of these 1 of 1500 limited edition rifles.
After a close up view of the gold horse and rider I am not so sure.
The rider has a small black hole in the chin area.
All of them have it.





Edited by - tone59 on 01/07/2018 2:34:18 PM

charliemeyer007
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Posted - 01/07/2018 :  3:38:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hard to find good pic's but the one I saw had that issue. Not sure why it's there - perhaps has to do with mounting the inlay?

I sure wouldn't pay 2x for one over the regular rifle but I'm not a collector. As a reloader and a shooter 45 Colt doesn't have enough rim.
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fordsix
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Posted - 01/07/2018 :  10:50:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
older JM marked or a remlin wanabe
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tone59
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  10:31:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
remlin

Edited by - tone59 on 01/08/2018 1:19:15 PM
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tone59
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Posted - 01/08/2018 :  1:38:54 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If I consider the black spot as a space between the riders long beard and thin neck it looks okay.
The furniture is really nice on these rifles.

I had heard a few years ago that the wood to metal fit was not good on the remlins.
Also heard the problem had been remedied.

Has there been other downgrades since Remington bought Marlin?
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toad67
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Posted - 01/09/2018 :  12:05:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tone59

If I consider the black spot as a space between the riders long beard and thin neck it looks okay.
The furniture is really nice on these rifles.

I had heard a few years ago that the wood to metal fit was not good on the remlins.
Also heard the problem had been remedied.

Has there been other downgrades since Remington bought Marlin?



I spend a bit of time on Marlin Owners, and this topic comes up quite often. In the early days the Remlin's were pretty crude in terms of wood to metal fit and function. I heard that this was due to most of the Marlin guys being replaced by Remington employees since the plant was relocated, and also that Remington had never really produced lever action rifles. It seems that as time went on things have gotten better, both in terms of function and fit. However, I've still heard of problems with new guns, mostly with function, due to the rumor that Remington changed some of the metal hardness in some of the action parts to save some $$. Overall, most of the new Marlins seem to be pretty good, but there is always the one that makes the pot spoil. The rule of thumb is that if it looks good, and you can, run some action snap caps thru the gun to see how it functions. If they work, you're good to go. I'm looking for one in 45 too, and am holding out for an original JM stamped one to match my 357, 41 and 44...but hey, that's just me..
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tone59
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Posted - 01/09/2018 :  07:35:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks toad.

I have a 410 bore remlin I bought new in 2011 and have never fired the wood to metal fit is good.
I also have JM stamped 30-30 and 308MXLR in SS.Both function fine.

A friend has a later remlin 30-30 that shoots as well as my 30-30.

Edit:
That's not to say that I feel they are of the same quality.
I know a Pre-64 Winchester lever action is better made than later ones yet post models can and usually do function just as well.

Edited by - tone59 on 01/09/2018 9:42:13 PM
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tone59
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Posted - 01/13/2018 :  8:24:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you toad67.
I get the feeling Remlins may never be sought after by collectors regardless of how limited they are.
I think I will pass on this one.

Edited by - tone59 on 01/13/2018 8:27:16 PM
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toad67
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Posted - 01/13/2018 :  10:00:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tone59

Thank you toad67.
I get the feeling Remlins may never be sought after by collectors regardless of how limited they are.
I think I will pass on this one.



Glad I could help. IMO, if you can still find a good JM Marlin you should buy it..IMO, this one is a pretty decent deal, and really don't understand why it is still not sold. The 20" octagon barrels balance really nice..Good luck in your search..

Todd

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