Marlin model 989 MR .22 cal rifle

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  1. Shooter45

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  2. 775barber

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    thanks for the info. out of all the older model rifles i have it seems the marlins always look and still shoot the best! ive been reading some reviews on the 25 round magazine and am reading that some dont feed right. IT seems its either hit or miss because some say it works great and others not so well. Any insight? much appretiated guys! glad to have found this awesome forum
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    btw wasnt sure now if you where talking about mine, or if there was one in the picture, since my computer said there was an error loading it. so to clarify mine is march or 65 right?
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    http://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php

    http://www.marlin-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2288

    In 1969 the first two numbers are your date of manufacture...hence the 69xxxx serial.

    Now a CI barrel comes back to 1965...so that's weird.
    As the 989M2 was made from 1966-1979...so maybe it is a CL/March, 1968??

    So we could use a few nice rollstamp pics to clarify matters...might be a replaced barrel in the past...
    might be other things...ya never know until you start digging a bit ;)

    The 25-rd Champion mags work fine in my 989-M2...and my 795, so far.
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    Correction to my code. serial number was correct but the code inside the reciver says c1 and also says newton newhaven. as soon as i learn to post pictures i will as i am new to forums and such. Thank you for your quick responces
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    the link shows no known date for c1 though. i will learn to post pics so you can see, i am thinking maybe barrel replacement from a similar model
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    sorry to flood the forum but im just gonna have to post pics asap because the reciver says C1 which the link cant find, but the barrell is stamped model 989m2 by the front sight. weird
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    The two letter code should be On the Barrel...not on the receiver...
    it should be to the Right of the Barrel rollstamp and slightly below...

    If its on the reciever...ignore it...
    the only thing that should be in the reciever would be the serial number on the left side...
    The first two years 1966 & 67, No Serial Number, as the 1968 GCA hdn't passed yet, so serials were not required...
    in 1968, the Gun Control Act was passed, and all firearms were required to have a serial number...so after that point, all Marlins had serials.

    [​IMG]

    Remove the top cover, see what's underneath...
    probably need to remove the barreled action from the stock as well...
    note how many twists of the screwdriver each screw takes...
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    well took it apart, the only code was in the reciver, but i did how ever recive my champion 25 round mag! was awesome! but i have seen factory marlin hi cap mags, are they still avalible to buy anywhere?
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    Nope, those old Marlin Mags stopped production when Bill Clinton signed the AWB into law in 1994...
    pretty much screwed everyone for hi-caps...
    That law sunsetted in 2004, and hicaps returned...but only until Obama gets re-elected...as he promised during the debate to re-instate it if re-elected.

    That being said...those Champion mags are fun :)
    I've got three of 'em so far, will grab a few more before the election...
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    ok. so i am cleaning my rifle and looking for what you said. my roll stamp is on the left. there is no code. my serial is on the left side as well. like i said there is a code inside the receiver. but the site provided is not recognizing it. no code under the roll stamp. at first i figured it was a replacement but my stamp does indicate it is a 989m2. the mags are fun. i am working with it so it works properly.
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    I'd go with the 69xxxxx/1969 as being the date of production.

    After further thought, it might have very well been a 1965 60/99 reciever that wasn't used/serial-stamped until 1969...
    it ain't unheard of for someone to sit something under a bench for a few years and forget about it, then find it when cleaning a few years/decades later ;)

    I've found my fair share of hidden leftovers from the past cleaning up after an employee left the company...
    Five 25 year old 1.75 bottles of Crown Royal stuck on top of a defunct cooler...talk about some niiiiiiiice Crown :)
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    aaahhh you are probably right! i agree. thanks!
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    i just got a this rifle that use to be my grandfathers before he passed its a marlin model 989 m2 the serial number is 69251312 i assume the first two numbers on it is the year which would mean it was made in 1969 i was wondering if im correct with the year and what else you guys could tell me about this rifle
    thanks
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    Yep, 1969.
    Heck, there's plenty of info in this thread alone to keep one busy...
    Basically they are the same as the Marlin 70/70HC/995/795...just a few minor differences over the years...

    I will note that in the matter of Hi-Cap mags...
    a few months ago I finally had the issue so many complain about with the Shooter's Ridge/Champion 25-rd mags...
    I had kept the rifles & mags in locked hard cases inside my van for several hours...
    then went to the range on a nice 85-degree day...where the mags started springing apart...
    2 out of 3 Champion mags completely failed, right at the top where the sections were glued together...
    the Promags, due to a better design, had Zero Issues.

    Since that time I've Epoxy'd the Champion Mags so that they will likely never fail again...
    so if one has the Shooter's Ridge/Champion mags, be aware that plastic epoxy is in your future...
    on the upside, after you use a Quality epoxy, it is unlikely you'll ever have issues with them again :)
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