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How can I tell if a Marlin 336W is pre or post freedom group?
 

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The real Marlins will have "JM" stamped on the right side of the barrel near the receiver.

Serial number will NOT start with "MR".
 

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Ok mine has that and the ser # starts w a 94. I have heard the older ones before freedom group are better than the new ones
 

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Ok mine has that and the ser # starts w a 94. I have heard the older ones before freedom group are better than the new ones
I've seen a few made at the end of Marlin that weren't all that good either.

I wouldn't worry about it unless there is a problem. Most of the complaints were fit and finish, not so much about function. If it shoots good and cycles rounds without jamming shoot and enjoy it.
 

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The fit is fine, it has some rust but just small surface spots , I probably did ok for 150 bucks .
 
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