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 Marlin 357 lever guns at Palmetto State Armory.
twistedcomrade  [Team Member]
6/22/2011 9:55:19 PM
Palmetto has Marlin 357 in stainless for $610. I would really like to have one, but I am very leary of buying, especially sight unseen, given Marlin's horid QC as of late. Has anyone purchased one of these recently and if so, how was it? Thanks
dbd870  [Team Member]
6/23/2011 5:30:28 AM
I would not buy any new Marlin without being able to inspect it first.
twistedcomrade  [Team Member]
6/23/2011 12:17:06 PM
Originally Posted By dbd870:
I would not buy any new Marlin without being able to inspect it first.


I've heard the actions feel gritty. Is this the main issue or are there other issues as well?
TUMOR  [Member]
6/23/2011 7:04:23 PM
Buy one.......I am!
dbd870  [Team Member]
6/24/2011 5:37:38 AM
Originally Posted By twistedcomrade:
Originally Posted By dbd870:
I would not buy any new Marlin without being able to inspect it first.


I've heard the actions feel gritty. Is this the main issue or are there other issues as well?


I wish that was the only issue, horrible fit and finish, guns that won't feed; multiple examples of front sights put on off center, you name it. They know they have a problem, they say they are retoolong (again ). The turnaround time seems to be growing on rifles sent back according to those on Marlinowners. They took almost no one from the Marlin factory when they moved and it shows - another example of waht happens when bean counters take control - thanks Cerberus!
scromer  [Team Member]
7/8/2011 8:53:41 PM
I've got a 2008 Marlin that is smooth as silk. Today I looked at a new Remlin 336BL. The action is gritty and you can see the visible tool marks inside the receiver. Other than that, it "looked" ok, but I still look for the ones with JM on the barrel.
MagnusM4  [Member]
7/10/2011 9:34:08 PM
Originally Posted By dbd870:
I would not buy any new Marlin without being able to inspect it first.


+1
RoyDamnMercer  [Team Member]
8/6/2011 4:49:00 PM
I've got an '09 Marlin 1894 in.357 that is perfect. Looks nice and acts nice too. I've shot many different loads from white box .38's and .357 to the good stuff and it has never given me a problem. I did look and handle a few before I bought and all of them had a gap in the receiver where it interfaces with the bolt. On the Marlin Owners website, the conclusion was they all had that to allow gas to vent rather than having the relief cuts like the old ones. My gap is almost un-noticeable though.


roy d...hope I don't have a kaboom because they didn't leave a gap