Remington-Produced Marlin Rifles
All bets are off for Marlin rifles produced by Remington. Most, but not all, of these rifles have a serial number beginning with the “MR” prefix. Issues that I have seen in the shop range from excessive headspace to sights out of alignment, to loading and ejection ports that would not permit a round to pass through, among others. Recently they have been heavily buffing/polishing the outer surfaces (commonly known as “melting”) so much that they visibly change the contour. On some of these I would not be able to properly fill the rear sight dovetail because the surrounding surfaces are too low.
This is not to say that all of the rifles have problems, they do not. It is simply impossible to predict without a detailed inspection.
Update June 25, 2017 – I just purchased my first new Marlin since before the Remington takeover. I was extremely hesitant to say the least. As it turns out, it was a pretty nice rifle, not perfect, but nice. I have just ordered two more 1895’s, a 336, and an 1894 to see if they are similar in form & function. I hope so. If I supply the rifle for your project and there are issues, I will fix them. If you supply the rifle, I may charge you (or not), depending on the severity of the problem, especially if the rifle was early in the Remington days of production. I will update this after I see the next few rifles.
Update July 26, 2017 – I have had a chance to build the 336BL, the 1894, and the 1895GBL, as well as another 1895SBL that I purchased recently. While not perfect, they were very nice rifles. The machining quality was better than I am used to seeing on the older rifles. Just a few tweaks here and there were all that was needed. I will continue to buy new rifles for the Outback series of rifles I am building, they work very well.
Also, it appears that Remington inherited a quantity of “JM” stamped barrels when it purchased Marlin. These barrels were then use to build rifles by Remington. A “JM” stamped barrel is NOT necessarily a sign of the Holy Grail.
A 50% deposit (payable by Cashier’s Check, Money Order, personal check, or cash) will be required to begin your project, with the balance due when the project is completed, prior to delivery. A full refund will be available until work on your project begins, after that the deposit will be non-refundable.
Final payment is due upon completion of the project, prior to delivery. I accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to personal checks, Cashier’s checks, Money Orders and cash. After final payment is received your completed project will ship within 10 days.
If you have a hunt scheduled, or a deadline for project completion, please discuss this with me prior to placing your order so that I may determine if it is feasible.
Shipping & Returns
I can ship virtually anywhere in the 50 United States. If you have a firearm and would like me to work on it, you are within your rights to ship it to me directly without utilizing the services of a local FFL (there is the possibility that if you live in one of the more “Liberal” states, that you may need to send & receive through an FFL. Please check your local requirements to be sure. You are responsible for knowing your local laws & regulations!).
If you are purchasing a firearm from me, I will need to ship it to a local FFL of your choosing, who will then transfer it to you. I will need a copy of their FFL emailed to me as early in the process as possible. Please be sure your name is on the FFL copy for reference! If your rifle arrives without a case, I will provide one for the return shipment at a nominal additional cost.
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Please pack your long gun securely in a plastic gun case, and then in a box. This will help protect the contents from damage and possibly theft. Insure for full value and ship via either FedEx/UPS Ground service or U.S. Postal Service. Get insurance coverage verification in writing from the carrier and retain for reference. If you don’t think that packages gets damaged, lost, or stolen every day, you are kidding yourself. If your rifle arrives without a case, I will provide one for the return shipment at a nominal additional cost.
Prior to shipping any firearm to me I ask that you place a letter of instruction, or copies of correspondence, inside the package with your firearm, and include your shipping address on it as well as ours, in case the label becomes lost or damaged.
Law Enforcement – Please include a signed copy of your NFA Exemption Certificates, if appropriate.
Also, please address the package to Grizzly Custom, not Grizzly Custom Guns. The less the shipping company employees know, the better.
If your shipping company requires proof that we are a licensed FFL, follow this link https://www.atfonline.gov/fflezcheck/ and insert the following number in the appropriate blanks. 9-81-00958. You may print the information for your shipper if necessary. Shipping will occur as soon after the project is completed as possible, but only after payment is received and (if appropriate) checks have cleared.
If it becomes necessary for you to return a product to me, please contact me to coordinate shipping.
Importing / Exporting
Grizzly Custom Guns, LLC does not import or export directly. If we are building a rifle for you and you live outside the US, we will send the finished product to a dealer that will export it for you.
Delivery Times & Estimates
I work very hard to meet time estimates, especially where a deadline is concerned. Please let me know if you have a class or a hunt scheduled. I will do my best for you. Frankly, sometimes my time estimates suck, and I are completely off base! Please bear with me. I am giving the current project on the bench as much time & attention as it takes to do the job to the best of my ability, just as I will when it is your turn. Thanks in advance for your understanding.
I take pride in each and every job I do, and I am not satisfied until you are. I use the best parts and materials available for a particular job, and within your budget. If you are ever dissatisfied with my work for any reason, please let me know at your earliest convenience. I will work with you to resolve the issue to your satisfaction and mine. No exceptions.
I have many requests for photographs of customer’s projects, either throughout the process or after it is complete. While I don’t mind doing this, it does take quite a bit of time. To be able to continue to offer this service, it will be necessary to begin charging the shop rate of $75 per hour. Thank you for your understanding.
If you want to make a change to a project that I already have in-house, email me as soon as possible so that I can make the appropriate arrangements. If you want to receive some or all of your old parts back, please let me know, in writing, when you send your gun in. If not, they will not be available after-the-fact. Ultimately, I must have any changes in writing (email) so that they may be documented. If it is not in writing, I will forget.
Ammunition brands and loads used on individual projects will vary depending on what is available at the time. If you have a specific factory load or loads that you will be using, please send me two new boxes (shipped in a separate package! via UPS or FedEx) so that I may include it in the development of your project. Do not send me reloads of any flavor, I absolutely will not shoot your reloads. I also stock Garrett ammunition for sighting-in and function testing. Let me know if you would like to go that route. I DO NOT SELL ANY AMMUNITION OUTRIGHT.
Please include your phone number in your emails to me. Quite often I get emails bounced back to me when responding to you due to the settings on your SPAM filters or your IP settings. I then have no choice but to hope that you contact me again.
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