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Yes, the stamping on the barrel and a bullseye in the walnut stock on the 56. Otherwise mechanically they are the same incredibly awesome rifle.

 

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^^...What Matt said...^^


BTW...Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum Soccernut !!

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Perhaps a Birch stock instead of Walnut. Maybe the C is for carbine noting that the barrel length was shortened from the first few years.
Probably a birch stock on the JC Higgins. I don't know about the C, could be carbine if down around a 20" barrel, otherwise perhaps just whatever the guy in charge wanted the model number to be.
 

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The main difference is that you have one and I don't. ;)
They are a fine rifle to own. Congrats.
Welcome to the Marlin Forum.
Many years ago, I owned a Marlin model 62 LeverMatic chambered in 30 carbine. Kick myself for ever letting it go. I found one at a gun show a couple years ago but it was chambered in 256 Win Mag. The 256 Win Mag ammo is nearly impossible to find so I passed on it.
 
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