For well over a century, Marlin has been producing some highly shootable--and collectible--long guns. When one thinks of the guns of the Old West, the names that immediately come to mind are Colt and Winchester. And while there's no doubt those companies' wares certainly had a considerable presence on the frontier, there was one brand of long arm that many felt was at least the equal, if not the master, of Winchester, and that was the Marlin lever action. Such notables as "Buffalo Bill" Cody and Annie Oakley--not to mention countless cowboys, buffalo hunters and target shooters--also adopted some sort of Marlin as their gun of choice. Actually, the firm's lever rifles came on the scene well after it produced some derringers, revolvers and single-shot rifles, but it seems that despite these other excellent products--along with some top-notch shotguns--it is the repeaters that stick in the minds of most firearms aficionados. And with good reason: They were, and are, some of the finest sporting rifles ever made.
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What is the differences? Some more knowledgeable will chime in however I have one with a JM stamped barrel. As I understand it indicates it was made by Marlin before being bought out by Remington where the quality control became very questionable.. I would stick with the JM barrel personally. One of many. They moved the old tooling and left behind all the employees that knew how to build a Marlin lever action. The very best Marlins don't have a JM stamp.
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At its introduction the rifle came with a inch barrel and was chambered for a variety of pistol rounds such as. Variants in other chamberings remain in production today. Marlin produced its first lever-action repeating rifle as the Model , a strong but heavy design that could accept powerful large-caliber black powder cartridges similar to those used in single-shot designs used for buffalo, bear, and other big game hunting.
I noticed TWO things that were different and actually made the gun feel a little different. And in my opinion, it was causing the action to have a minor 'catch' while working the action. It was a very clean looking contour but in the 2 rifles I had, the shape of the levers edge and the contoured cuts in the bolt slot DID NOT help in getting a smooth action.