Originally Posted by hickracefan
That's very good to know! I looked at a brand new one and wasn't really impressed which is why I was considering the Henry too! Do you know what serial number range I should look for by chance?
Yes. Go to Marlin Owners website and go to "Date of Manufacture" page and look for Serial Number Dates. Then do a printout of serial number/alphabet codes for dates. My 44mag has a starting # of 2202xxx and take this # and start at the year of 2000 and substract 22 from that and you'll get, that my rifle was made in 1978.
On other hand, my 1965 Western Field 30-30(made by Marlin) has a Serial # starting with AAxxx, and using this serial # it was made in 1965. All Marlin's serial # use this Date of Manufacturer list for all it's calibers.