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Marlin is closed?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by squarepants33889, Apr 3, 2013.

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  1. squarepants33889

    squarepants33889 Member

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    Hi all. I know there has bee talk and banter about it before, but is Marlin actually closed now. I read an article from about a week ago that said the factory was closed.
    Does this mean no more Marlins? Or do they intend to tool up somewhere else?
    Might be time to get down to the lgs and buy the 45-70 I've been ogling for a while.
     
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    The plant closed, however, Marlin is owned by Remington, (which is owned by Freedom Group, which is owned by Cerberus lol) and they are still being produced by Remington in both their Kentucky factory, and their New York factory.
     
  4. Scooter22

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    Marlin's original factory in New Haven CT, has been closed a couple years now. Production was moved into the Remington plants. Unfortunately the quality isn't very good. If you want a Marlin lever gun look for New Haven and the (JM) stamp on the barrel.
     
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    "Marlin's original factory in New Haven CT, has been closed a couple years now. Production was moved into the Remington plants. Unfortunately the quality isn't very good. If you want a Marlin lever gun look for New Haven and the (JM) stamp on the barrel."

    I am a long time Marlin user. The quality of most Marlin branded products have returned to their previous level. Especially the ones that come out of the Mayfield Kentucky plant. I have a new XT-22M that is perfect in every way.
     
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    ^^glad to hear this. ( about the quality, that is)
    Can anyone confirm this?
    Greetz
    Peter
     
  7. Thursday45

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    I purchased a new 1895 GBL a couple of months ago that has great fit and finish and none of the issues that has plagued Marlin rifles after moving to Remington. Like any gun though I still think it prudent to give them a thorough look over.
     
  8. Fast Frank

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    A friend of mine just bought a Kentucky Marlin 60.

    I shot it yesterday. Nice rifle. The blue and polishing is first class, the stock is nice, it feeds and fires just fine, and it shoots straight.

    I don't know what more I could expect for $150.00

    It gets my seal of approval. Maybe there's hope?
     
  9. mberoose

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    The new Marlin rimfires are generally fine...it's the lever actions that lost that lovin' feeling.
     
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    How are the new guns marked? (No that it matters, I have two .22 Model 60s and a 39A Mountie, and a .30-30 336W marked "New Haven".)
     
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    I have been thinking about picking up a Marlin in .30-30 for some time now but was concerned about all of the quality issues I was hearing about. Maybe now is the time to start looking again.
     
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    The lever actions coming out of Ilion aren,t up to the old Marlin fit and finish. I haven,t heard much praise for them. I live in CNY and travel to Ilion for work. Locals love Remingtons but not the Remlins. I hope they get the quality back.
     
  13. Cosmoline

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    I have a favor to ask. If possible can folks note SN's (just enough to establish date, not the full SN) of the poor production Marlins and esp. the SN's of the ones getting better? There should be a prefix or other indication that we could use in the future to separate wheat from chaff.
     
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    Marlin just sent me an on-line survey with regard to the quality of the Model 60 Anniversary Model I purchased last year. So I'm assuming their still up and running and looking for new markets.
     
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    I bought a 795 in 2011 and it is the most accurate rifle I own.have had two jams in the past two years and over 1000 rounds later it's still running like new
     
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    I don't have much to worry about with the quality of any of my Marlin Lever Actions.

    336 1963, 2-39A mounties 1964, 1965 and a 1978 39A.

    They are all great quality wise. ;)
     
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    Boy ain't that the truth... What a shame.
     
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    Thanks for the correction guys. I was a little confused because the story's I was reading are dated from only a few days ago. I guess there was a small administrative staff still on site up until a few days ago. Try googleing with a search filter for the last week and see what comes up.
    I wonder what made it newsworthy this week considering it happened so long ago?
     
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    Well, I recently (few weeks ago) bought a Marlin XT22 and it has already been sent back for repair. The gun simply would not fire. Looks like light primer strikes.

    Now, I am not condeming Marlin based on one firearm purchase, but this is the first time I have ever had to send any gun back to the maker for any type of malfunction. I try not to base my opinions on information I read on these boards, but after hearing that Marlin has quiality issues and now experiencing it first hand, I have to believe it is more than just a coincidence.

    I am confident that they will make it right, but wanted to share my experience.
     
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    My Kentucky built XT has been perfect. But then again my "North Haven" Marlin 60 has been great too. It was never New Haven guys. It was North Haven for over 140 years though. Again it's "North" not "New" Haven.
     
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    Yeah Scooter they were in Conn. for 141 years but it was NORTH Haven, not NEW Haven. Not that it really matters. It was a shame they moved and fired all those workers who had served them so well. But time marches on I guess.

    There was a series of the XT's that had the problem with the canted sights but from what I understand they got it under control and are back to making guns that are almost always perfect.
     
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    I've had 2 recent Marlins, 795's from Kentucky. The first one had a crooked rear sight dovetail and so-so accuracy. The second one is straight and a better shooter.
     
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    I have a 2012 production Marlin 1894 and I absolutely love it.
     
  25. 19-3Ben

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    Yes they are closed. A pic I took this past fall as I was driving past the old plant in North Haven along Route 91.

    Marlin.jpg

    It was sad to see the factory with the availability sign, and graffiti on the building.
     
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