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Old 08-14-2011, 08:46 AM
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John Taffin posted elsewhere this AM:

ON FRIDAY THE FREEDOM GROUP ANNOUNCED THEY WERE SHUTTING DOWN MARLIN PRODUCTION DUE TO QUALITY ISSUES. THEY LOST THEIR KEY PRODUCTION PEOPLE WHEN THEY MOVED. ONE IS NOW AT RUGER AND THE OTHER AT COLT.


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Old 08-14-2011, 09:59 AM
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John Taffin posted elsewhere this AM:

ON FRIDAY THE FREEDOM GROUP ANNOUNCED THEY WERE SHUTTING DOWN MARLIN PRODUCTION DUE TO QUALITY ISSUES. THEY LOST THEIR KEY PRODUCTION PEOPLE WHEN THEY MOVED. ONE IS NOW AT RUGER AND THE OTHER AT COLT.


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I had read, yesterday, that a distributor had shown a message also claiming Marlin was ceasing production on the 12th. I still find no updates, when googling Marlin closing. I will, however, say that after reading the multitude of dissatisfied customers posting on the Marlin Owner's forums, I'm not the least bit surprised. To say this is a shame would be a huge understatement. Up until 2008 and the take-over Marlin was making good profits and giving the shooting public new firearms and cartridges.

Over the last decade or so, Marlin helped provide the shooting public with firearms designed to shoot the new LeverEvolution ammunition, the new .450 Marlin cartridge, the new .338ME cartridge and the new .308ME cartridge. They also gave us a new quality bolt rifle platform in the Marlin XL7.

This is a sad day for American gun enthusiasts and an even sadder legacy for what had been known for well over 100 years as a quality gun maker, Marlin!
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ON FRIDAY THE FREEDOM GROUP ANNOUNCED THEY WERE SHUTTING DOWN MARLIN PRODUCTION DUE TO QUALITY ISSUES.
Sadly, it's very true about the quality issues. I go to Marlinowners.com all the time and it's amazing some of the quality issues reported. Guns that hit several FEET low, crooked sights (I've seen this one myself on what was supposed to be a high grade 336), horribly stiff actions, poor trigger pulls and my favorite... supposedly at least two cases of rifle's making it to stores with NO RIFLING!!!

Talk to ANYONE who likes Marlins and they will say to avoid the new rifles and buy used. Look for the JM stamp on the left side of the barrel and avoid those stamped REP on the right side. To be fair, I've heard of people getting Remington rifles that were good guns but MANY seem to have issues.

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THEY LOST THEIR KEY PRODUCTION PEOPLE WHEN THEY MOVED. ONE IS NOW AT RUGER AND THE OTHER AT COLT.
According to the former employees of Marlin, there wasn't no "lost" about it. They were quite simply "gotten rid of" period. Now it sounds like you are talking about two production executive/manager types and that may be but being as I work in manufacturing myself, I can tell you, two managers or executives will not make the difference. Once you get rid of a certain number of actual experienced workers off the floor, you can NEVER regain that knowledge base. I'm talking those with a lifetime career working on specific equipment, building parts for specific rifles, inspecting quality, people who know all the little quirks of a production line because they've been on it for years (or decades) and who LIKE THEIR JOB because they are treated well and take pride in their work and use the products they build. Cerberous threw all that away on purpose, sped up production and now wonder why their product stinks and nobody will buy it or say anything good about it on a public forum. DUH!
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Old 08-14-2011, 10:06 AM
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By the way, just wishful thinking....

What are the odds that the old Marlin owners would buy it back???
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Old 08-15-2011, 10:05 AM
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I am very sad about the situation with Marlin as overall I liked the product .
I liked the 1895 but it had issues with being over bore. Am afraid too should I buy a 1894 , would I be able to buy lead to fit the bore as I hear I would probably need lead sized to .432 -while the 45/70 had a 459.5 bore and could not buy lead for it .
I would love to have a 308 or 338 MX maybe too, but here we are jumping from the coals into the fire . So right now it is all up to the trusty 336 A 30/30 made in '53.
Hope Remington will get through this and again be able to enjoy a Brand New Marlin lever .

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Old 08-15-2011, 10:52 AM
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No surprise here considering all the people at MarlinOwners who have gotten refunds on guns that can't seem to be fixed. Remington is paying retail prices to get back guns that were sold at wholesale. They sure shot themselves in the foot with that move to Ilion.

I own two Marlin 1894s. One 357 and a 44-40 that will be family heirlooms.
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I hate it when sad rumors turn out to be true.
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