Im under the impression that the JM stamp is very sought after. This has to do with the sale if Marlin and move that follwed years of quality issues so the JM is a marge of former quality in marlin rifles. Frankly I didnt know any of this and purchesed a 1895 Dark series 45-70 and i love it. Ive not had a single issue with it other then finding a good flash suppressor in thie wierd thread of 11/16 i think. Had a great on bought on Ebay from australia and now noone wants to shoot near me at the range. The action is smooth as butter and easy to cycle and the recoil was suprisingly mild for such a large round. First shot i could feel the stalk cushoin compress and felt nothing. so it may be that the kinks are worked out.Hi All,
My 22 barrel has a stamped JM inside a cricle, What does JM mean?
I tend to agree with you on the ridiculous price that those things are going for nowadays. We get lied to a lot by the industry telling us that that's the cost of doing business in this inflationary environment, but how much of that $1000 ++ price tag is inflation and how much of it is to line the pockets of the suits that ran Marlin into the ground?I generally only buy real Marlins,for two reasons,1 is quality,2 is history,my third pieve is because Remington nearly destroyed the Marlin brand , they put a whole factory of trained Marlin guys out of work,they could have kept operations right there and kept the Marlin factory running just as is with all its faults and also it’s positives,but 5hey moved it putting Marlin guys out of a job,but then ran a brand into the ground AND putting a whole bunch of guys who thought THEY had a job out of work too,when they could not even make thier guns right.I’ll bet all the management guys left with a golden parachute too. Labor got screwed,the product got screwed and Marlin guys have to pay three times as much for Marlins now! I got a grudge,I’m Union too.