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Old February 3, 2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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marlin 98

I have a marlin 98 in 243. Does anyone have information on them making a 243? All I can find is the 30-06 & 308.
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Old February 3, 2013, 10:43 AM   #2
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R U sure the gun's marked "Marlin Model 98" ?



The only Marlin Model 98 that I've ever heard of is a 1957-59 .22 Autoloader......

Do you have a Remington Model 798 bolt action ? ?



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Old February 3, 2013, 11:05 AM   #3
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It's a FN action w/ML stamped on the recoil lug and bottom metal. Has a micro-groove barrel w/Marlin proof mark on top just in front of receiver ring & .243 stamped on the bottom under the stock. The model I believe is 455.
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Old February 3, 2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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OK, the Marlin 455 WAS made 1957-59 on an FN Mauser 98 action, with Sako trigger & stainless steel bbls.

Since my resources state that 1,009 were made in .30-06, 59 in .308, and also doesn't mention any chambered in .243 - I'd say that, since your rifle has a Micro-groove .243 barrel, that you have either a rare one-off (which would need a factory verification letter to authenticate), or possibly a Model 455 that's been rebarreled.

FWIW - I've never seen, not heard of, a US factory-issue rifle with it's cartridge/chambering designation stamped anywhere else besides where it's readily visible to anybody handling the rifle, for product liability reasons.

If an American rifle had a barrel with the chambering stamped into a hidden area, I'd have to presume the rifle wasn't born with that particular barrel - but (of course) a letter of authenticity from the manufacturer would put paid to that.


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