Need info on Marlin lever action

Discussion in 'Lever Action' started by steve8512, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. steve8512

    steve8512 Member

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    Hello
    I just purchased a Marlin lever action that I can't find any info about online or from my friend who knows a lot and has the Marlin hardback book all about Marlins. Maybe someone here can help me with information. Here is exactly how and what is marked on the barrel.

    Glenfield Products New Haven Conn USA
    Marlin Model 36 ---------------- 30-30 Cal.

    The serial number starts with a Z which should be for a 1964 production date.
    It has a walnut stock and forearm without the Marlin grip cap and white spacer. The black plastic butt plate doesn't have the the white spacer.
    It doesn't have checkering or sling studs or holes. It has a blued metal forearm cap without sling hole. It is drilled for a scope
    and receiver side mount sight. It has micro groove rifling and a short tube magazine.
    It is in exellent condition, just a little finish wear on 2 sides of muzzle from being in and out of a case. No scratchs or dings on metal or wood.
    Any info would be helpful.
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    The Glenfield line starts right above the Model 36 line, posting wants to line up Glenfield line with Marlin.

    Thanks
     
  2. steve8512

    steve8512 Member

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    post error

    The Marlin and Model 36 are not close together like post made it.
     

  3. MattNH

    MattNH Well-Known Member

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    I'm simplifying, in the early 60's Marlin started the "Glenfield Products" line for chain stores to be the more budget line as opposed the the Marlin name reserved for dealers. The rifles are identical function wise just birch wood for stocks instead of walnut. Most even have the "JM" stamp on the barrel. I have a Marlin 80G stamped Glenfield Products which is from 1960 or 1961 because it doesn't have a serial number and in 1962 there are date codes for month/year of manufacture stamped on the barrel. My Marlin 80G became the Glenfield 25 in 1966 when the Marlin Glenfield Products, became the Glenfield line.

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    Are you sure yours isn't stamped Marlin 36G? How do you know the stock is Walnut? Does it have the Marlin bullseye in the toe?

    The Marlin 36G Glenfield Products was produced 1964 and 1965, which coincides with your "Z" prefix on the serial number. In 1966 it became the Glenfield 30. They are the same as the Marlin 336 with exception of the furniture, front sight and the shorter magazine tube.
     
  4. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Moderator Moderator

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    Call Marlin and give them the serial number
     
  5. steve8512

    steve8512 Member

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    My Marlin's markings are lined up like in your picture.
    No G, it is just marked Model 36. That is what is confusing. When you do a look up or search it either gives you the 1936 pre and post war gun or 336 model or 36G model.
    On another forum there was the same question asked and no one knew the answer but three people on that forum had a rifle just like mine.
    My friend, who is very on up on firearms and wood said he can tell by the grain and look, color etc. that it is Walnut not birch like most Glenfields had. He thought it might be a first run of the Glenfield line that they used walnut wood before they economized more by going to birch but he was just guess on that.
     
  6. steve8512

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    My gun has the JM stamped barrel and all the normal Marlin markings.
     
  7. MattNH

    MattNH Well-Known Member

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    Valid explanation on the no-G as a very early run, also for the walnut, they used what they had so it could very well be a walnut stock without the bullseye. Car guys can get a little weird with "correct" parts, just like gun guys. In reality, it was a manufacturing environment in the 1960's, they needed to get stuff out the door and used whatever parts they had. Either way, you've got a nice Marlin/Glenfield rifle from 1964. I have my 1976 vintage 336 and almost like the idea of the shorter mag tube like yours.

    Now, how about some pictures? I have since added a period correct hammer extension since these pics were taken.

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  8. steve8512

    steve8512 Member

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    Got answer from Marlin

    Thank all of you for your help.
    I did as FOUR4D4 suggested but instead of calling, I email Marlin.
    Marlin got back with me in 2 days, I was surprised they even answer emails, most don't.
    Here is their answer on my rifle:

    Good morning sir,
    Thank you for contacting the Marlin Firearms Company. We appreciate you taking the time to write us with your question. According to the information you provided,
    You have a model 36 made for Montgomery Ward manufactured in 1964. It is basically a model 336 just renamed for sale by Montgomery Ward.

    My problem solved and thank you Marlin.
     
  9. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

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    Still like to see a picture or two...!!
     
  10. aminahyaquin

    aminahyaquin Active Member

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    Yes these pix already on this thread are awesome and edycative!! FASCINATING! Love those 30-30s