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Old March 20th, 2019, 06:06 AM #1
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Current Marlin quality

I know that Remlin/Marlington had uh, quite the reputation to overcone but i understand from some forums and other random threads that the quality is improving. I do understand that that doesnt mean its good, just better, but has anyone here bought one in 2019/late 2018? Is it still only buy if you can lay hands on it in person, as was the common sentiment? Their new 1894CB without that godawful pressed checkering has caught my eye. Thanks for any insight!
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Old March 20th, 2019, 07:03 AM #2
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From what I have read, not seen for myself, the 45-70 caliber rifles appear to have better quality. The other calibers appear to be hit-or-miss on quality. Things like canted sights and jamming actions. Canted sights you should be able to see, but if you're at someplace that won't let you cycle the action before you get out the door, you might be in for some grief. There is a Marlin Owners forum and it has a complaint forum (not just a complaint thread LOL). The thing is if you buy one now, it might be new old stock from the really bad QC run times.

https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/marlin-rant-forum/

In case you haven't seen that site yet.
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It's been discussed before. But, I believe it is better than before. Best recommendation I could give, would be find a store that has one and look for yourself. Wood fit is the most obvious and common. I like that model also.
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I currently have lots of Marlins all JM stamped and wouldn't even consider the marlingtons. But with that being said I hear that they are getting better and I inspected two at the gun show in Fredericksburg a couple weeks ago. They both were newer model 1894's and both seemed to be put together with attention to detail. The furniture fit properly and tight better than I had heard. They were pretty but don't know how they would shoot.
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The issue with a JM Marlin, is cost. They are getting a bit high. Again, best to find a shop that has one and check it out.
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My understanding is that Marlin quality has improved. When Remington purchased Marlin the quality control had already fallen due to worn out tooling. Supposedly that has been addressed and the company is trying to overcome the bad reputation and get back to what they used to produce. How successful they'll be remains to be seen. Gun owners being who they are, can be pretty brutal to a manufacturer they feel has deserted them and it takes a lot to rebuild that trust. I hope Marlin can do that...the only Marlin I own is a 1894 .44 Magnum I've owned for over twenty years and it's been an exceptional piece of ordnance.
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I picked up a Marlin 795 about 6 months ago. It is a simple little .22LR semi-auto in a synthetic stock. I did some work to improve the trigger pull and over travel, but otherwise, the gun was well made IMO.
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I purchased a Marlin 444 around 1980s.
Recently I saw a new 444 and the trigger was not gold plated, no deluxe recoil pad and the barrel ban was black plastic as it was once steel.

I know this has no affect on function or accuracy but the quality was less to cut manufacturing cost.
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I purchased a Marlin 444 around 1980s.
Recently I saw a new 444 and the trigger was not gold plated, no deluxe recoil pad and the barrel ban was black plastic as it was once steel.

I know this has no affect on function or accuracy but the quality was less to cut manufacturing cost.
I think those changes make Marlin a bargain brand. That's sad. I loved the the look of those Marlins. Like the old Remington BDLs. White spacers on butt pads and grip caps. "They dont make them like that now".
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I bought a new 336 .30-30 a few months ago. Fit and finish seem good. Definitely not as nice as past marlins but it shoots well, and the action is fairly slick after oiling and cycling it a few hundred times in front of the tv. The included glass on mine was garbage and the mount was loose out of the box, but overall I'm happy with it for what I paid.
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