Serial Number look up for Marlins?? Camp 45


December 24, 2006, 11:06 AM
I just got a Marlin camp 45 yesterday and I was wondering where I can find a website to look up when it was manufactored based on the serial numbers?

What is the average price range for a used Camp 45?

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December 24, 2006, 11:22 AM
Hope this helps you out.

Starting in 1973, the year of manufacture maybe determined by subtracting the first two digits of the serial number from 100:
Example: SN 2512345 would have been made in 1975 [100 - 25 = 75].

Congratulations on your Camp 45 acquisition. Enjoy! :)

December 24, 2006, 09:51 PM
$350 is the going price for one with a cracked stock around here. (When the buffer gives up, the pounding of that heavy bolt will split the stock at the wrist in pretty short order!) With an uncracked stock it could be a little more. Be sure to strip and clean and check the buffer before you shoot it. Gun Parts has buffers (the 9mm 45 and 22Mag use the same buffer)

I made a buffer from an old piece of tire tread while waiting for my new buffer to arrive. Also an extra power recoil spring from WolfSprings is worth the few bucks it costs.

And be carful where bystanders are concerned! With the factory recoil spring mine would throw brass fifty feet! The extra power spring cut that down to twenty feet or so.

Happy shooting!!

December 24, 2006, 11:53 PM
I could only find one on gunsamerica. It looks like a neat gun and I have shot a camp 9 a few years ago and really liked it for a plinker. The guns in nice shape,.

What are some good 1911 mags that work in the Camp 45s?

December 25, 2006, 09:57 AM
What are some good 1911 mags that work in the Camp 45s?
Good question. I bought one when they were still in production for the mag interchangability with my 1911's. I have Wilson, McCormick, and Colt factory mags. All are reliable in my handguns, but only 4 or 5 (out of around 20 or so)would function in the Marlin. Traded it off. Mine seemed to be the exception.

Local shop has 3 9mm carbines in the $350 range. No .45's though.

December 25, 2006, 07:06 PM
how do I know if my camp 45 can use 1911 mags?

December 25, 2006, 07:14 PM
99% seem to work fine with any 1911 mag (according to internet posts, anyaway). Mine didn't.

Be aware that some aftermarket companies modified them to work with other mags, such as the double stack Para-Ordnance or the Sig 220 mags.

Dave Markowitz
December 25, 2006, 07:49 PM
Not all 1911 mags will work in a Camp 45. You need mags with a squared off notch in the top rear. Some 1911 mags have a rounded notch, and these won't lock into a Camp 45.

I've had good results with Chip McCormick mags in mind.

Definitely replace the OEM recoil spring with a Wolff 21# spring.

Blackjack Buffers sells newly made replacement buffers.

December 25, 2006, 08:57 PM
I have the 45 and never really found it that reliable. The first thing I had to do was remove the magazine safety mechanism as it was constantly binding up.

The mag release and bolt hold-open are ridiculous and certainly not designed for intuitive use.

Detail stripping is a nightmare, but doable.

If I was to suggest anything other than the above tips, it would be to watch the condition of your hammer strut and hammer strut bridge. Flimsy sheet metal bends like you wouldn't believe!

Were I to do it again, I would save the money for an AR or SKS.

December 25, 2006, 09:47 PM
I traded my Marlin for a Rem 870.

If you want a carbine reliable with 1911 mags, try this one:

Mechtech CCU:

December 26, 2006, 09:40 PM
The 45's sell for 5-600 on the online auctions, they are highly sought after to the nfa guys to SBR and suppress.

November 18, 2007, 04:29 PM
I hate to bump really old threads, but its mine .

Is there any other way to look up my camps serial number? The subtraction from 100 does not work as it comes out to 55. Any suggestions?

Marlin 45 carbine
November 20, 2007, 08:57 AM
pull the mag safety linkage out of it to improve the trigger some. make sure the buffer is in good shape and get heavy recoil spring. I haven't had trouble with the hammer strut bridge - yet. I think it's linked to the buffer condition. wondered about silver soldering 2 together to strengthen. shoot hard cast slugs out of it and save the rifling, it's dirty and requires some cleaning but they shoot good. post if you find the mag conversions for the .45

November 27, 2007, 06:40 PM
You can try this site

Good luck!

November 29, 2007, 08:55 PM
my serial number starts with 45...........I dont get it?

November 30, 2007, 11:18 AM
I bought one of those on a whim like 10 years ago. Kinda fun to shoot. Only problem I've ever had is the hood on the front sight doesn't want to stay there.

This listing from gunbroker: :what: Do they really sell for those prices???

November 30, 2007, 04:25 PM
Do they really sell for those prices???

Not to my knowledge, no. They don't -sell- for that price.

November 30, 2007, 08:53 PM
Does your serial number start with a zero? As in "045xxxxxx"? If it does yours is from 1996.

My Marlin Camp Carbine .45 serial number starts with "05". Made in 1995

Blue Book says the Camp .45 was made 1986-1999.
Last MSRP WAS $443.00
High visibility orange front sight post with cutaway hood was added in 1989

November 30, 2007, 09:22 PM
Beware of the Camp .45 breaking your wood stock if your recoil spring is weak and/or your bolt buffer is old and beat up. The wood will crack at the back of the receiver area on top.

I bought a Choate folding stock for mine so I don't bust my wood stock (Which is no longer made). It's not bad for a folding stock
Choate Stock (

Get the 21 lb spring. Look under Rifles tab at bottom. Marlin tab at side
Wolff Gunsprings (

Call Marlin and buy a new bolt buffer. 1-800-544-8892
Or from Numrich Gun Parts Diagram - Part #7 (

Good WebSite on the Camp Carbines (

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