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Old November 29, 2008, 09:24 AM   #1
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value age of Marlin 30-30 lever SN 07xxx?

I have a Marlin lever action 30-30 sn 07xxx. It looks like the steel is case hardened. great condition. Anyone know how old or value?
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Old November 29, 2008, 09:33 AM   #2
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Summerman, No letter in front of numbers?
http://oldguns.net/sn_php/marlinlookup.php
Here is what I used...
In your case 07 in the top section says 1884 if you enter 07888 or 07999...
But in the second section 07 does not work as a date code for the more modern models...
Let us know more and what you find out...
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Old November 29, 2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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1884 lever action marlin

Thanks I put the number in and 1884 came up. Wow almost 125 years old? Any idea of value or where to get it appraised? Antiques Road Show?

Thanks

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Old November 29, 2008, 10:53 AM   #4
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Forgive my ignorance but I don't think they had 30-30's in 1884 and I think the first guns chambered for the round were the Winchesters.

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Old November 29, 2008, 01:01 PM   #5
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Marlin lever actions in 30-30 were not introduced until at least 1895, when the cartridge was first introduced, probably several years later. And the 1893 Marlin (the first Marlin chambered for 30-30) was not around back in 1884, mostly because it was not introduced until (let's see here, I'll figger this one out, uh, hmmm, oh yeah) 1893. I am not trying to be a smartaleck, I do restorations on old rifles. So, let's try that exercise again. OK?

Now, look at the rifle. It has a model designation on the barrel. What does it say? It has a chambering designation. What does that say? Is the barrel round or octagonal? Is the lever loop squared or rounded? Is the bolt of the rifle round or square? Also, try re-reading the serial number. It may ahve a letter in front, or it may have more than 5 digits to the number. As a last resort, post a photo of the rifle.
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Old November 29, 2008, 02:11 PM   #6
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Is there a model number on the gun somewhere. As others have said the 30-30 was not introduced until 1895 and was marked 30 WCF instead to 30-30 on many early guns. I used www.armscollectors.com and came up with 1884 as well. this does not seem possible. A few more details and perhaps a picture may help.

Marlin has made some special runs of rifles that do not fit into the normal code. It is possible that you have a more modern rifle that was a special run.
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Old November 29, 2008, 03:56 PM   #7
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After thinking about this for a while I am beginning to think your gun was made in 1993. On "MOST", Marlins made from 1969 to the present you subtract the first 2 digits of the SN from 100 to get the year of manufacture. The 2 links above, wwwarmscollectors.com, and wwwoldguns.net are the same but stop at 1990, but the code still applies. For example if the first 2 digits are 22 your gun would have been bade in 1978. If they are 98, then your gun was made in 2002.

On some models this code does not apply however. I have one of the stainless guide guns in .35 rem. Marlin only made 500 of them in 2005 and my SN is 336SS3XX

Marlin made a limited run of 336's and 39's with the color case hardened look on them around that time and you could have one of them. If so they are petty rare although not old.

Does your gun have a crossbolt safety, checkering and round bolt? If so it is a newer gun.
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Old November 25, 2012, 11:14 PM   #8
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My mistake

the gun is 7xxx. not 07xxx. the "0" was a pin,. I think its a model 1936 first run made 1936 to 1940. It has the perch forarm, fluted stock,... If anyone knows anything more specific to year I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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Old November 26, 2012, 12:41 AM   #9
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You'll need the first 2 digits of the serial # to decode date of manufacture if there is no date code (letter) in the serial. From 1968-1972, the first 2 digits were the date of manufacture, after 1972 you subtract the first 2 digits of the serial from 100 to arrive at the date of manufacture. You can also use the list at http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ma...sheet-pdf.html to decode the date of manufacture.

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Old November 26, 2012, 11:18 AM   #10
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The Model ID is needed, beyond "Marlin .30-30", since at least three different Marlin leverguns (made in various eras) were chambered in .30-30.

The Model 1893 ( 1893-1936) had a square bolt, flush with the side of the receiver, and was so marked atop the rear tang.

The Model 1936/36 (1936-47) also had the flush/square bolt, with the model stamped into the rear tang.

The later Model 336's (1948-present) & Glenfield's have a round bolt, inset from the RH side of the receiver wall & the model roll stamped on the barrel.


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Old November 26, 2012, 12:50 PM   #11
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Its 1936-1940

I went to Marlin owners forum. It says model 1936, serial number 7xxx under lever, made in CT, "Marlin Safety" on top of receiver with fancy arrows. Slotted screws on butt plat, fluted stock, perch forearm stock, case colored case hardened receiver, I'm pretty sure its a 1st run model 1936 which came out in 1936 and was made till 1940 when stock, serial number, screws, etc was changed. This is per Marlin owners forum info. Just wondering when in that time period it was made or if anybody else has any ideas. Thanks.

P.S. its for sale if anyone wants to make a fair offer.
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Old November 26, 2012, 05:41 PM   #12
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I would WAG the DOM of your Model 1936 as late 1936 to early 1937.

You may be able to get a Cody letter on it with more details, but (of course) it'll cost ya.


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Old November 26, 2012, 07:43 PM   #13
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The only year the marlin was stamped 1936 was 1936 , from 37 till end of production they were called the Model 36 . It should be clearly stamped on the upper tang !
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Old November 27, 2012, 07:51 AM   #14
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are you sure?

Mine says 1936. but I read that in catalogue it was called 36 but still said model 1936 on gun until 1941. Can you direct me to where you got that info? I would appreciate it. Thanks.
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