Marlin Jam Question


December 3, 2004, 09:06 PM
Which of the Marlin actions is susceptible to the 'Marlin Jam' - 1895 or 36 or both?

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December 3, 2004, 09:52 PM
What's a Marlin Jam?


December 3, 2004, 10:14 PM
Hope this will explain it:


December 3, 2004, 11:39 PM
Yeah, I've seen this - thanks. What I can't tell/don't know is whether this is specific to the '94, '95, or the long-round action (36).

Tom C.
December 4, 2004, 12:40 AM
There is another Marlin jam that the 94 seems to be susceptable to, which is the load 2 jam, where the lifter is a little short and the rim of the next cartridge interfers with the lifter. It is fixed by replacing the lifter.

December 4, 2004, 01:38 AM
Wow learn something new every we are the Marlin Service center for the whole stae of Alaska, weve been working Marlin guns for longer than I ve been there...and Ive never heard of the "Marlin Jam"...hell never even seen more than 10 or so a year that ever even come in for warranty service....and every once in a while its becasue of the fact that they jam...

Hint....carrier dog....

I must be missing something. Guess we should start ripping em up and bending levers or some such....

Preventitive maintenance :neener:


December 4, 2004, 02:40 AM
The 1895 and the 336 are basically the same action.

It's interesting that I can't remember this topic coming up in the Marlin Forum. Rusty Marlin was a regular poster there.

Bob C
December 5, 2004, 05:33 PM
I picked up a used M94P last year, and it was tended to jam initially. Then I checked, and found most of the screws were loose.

After I tightened all the screws it worked fine!

December 5, 2004, 06:01 PM
WA, that's no urban legend and I find your response kinda surprising because you and I discussed it while you were helping me with my hammer following the bolt problem last year (all's "Happy" now, thanks!)

Call Marlin, explain what happened (lever jammed in the wide open state, had to remove lever to unstick) and they offer to send you the new lifter as the solution. Happened to mine and it was easy to see the groove worn into the lifter. I detail strip the gun every time I shoot it (hate gunk in the action), so I can't say it was a maintence problem. I have about 2500 rounds in the gun since getting the second lifter, and it's showing the same groove.

This is my only complant with my favorite gun.

December 5, 2004, 07:08 PM
I ran across this shorty after I got my 1894 in .357. I was not that concerned as hoped it was one of those "one in a million" type problems. I forgot about it and went on with my life and enjoyed shooting the Marlin.

After seeing this post I decided to take to inspect the rifle. Sure enough, the grove has already started. It's not that deep but it is visible. I still wonder if this is a normal wear mark from just using the rifle and perhaps will stop after the parts wear in. Well....At least I can hope that is the case.

No jams yet but I only have about 400 rds through mine (mix of .357 and .38). I guess time will tell.

I would be interested to know if most Marlins have this mark, especially those that high milage on them and no jams.

December 6, 2004, 12:44 AM

How much did they charge you for the new lifter?

December 6, 2004, 02:00 AM
No charge, warranty part. They did ask me for the serial number.

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