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Old November 3, 2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Not sure if this counts as "Cowboy" (now with PICTURES :)

I picked up a Straight stocked, octagon barreled Marlin "safety" 1897 today at the last croy creek traders fair for the season. Outside has 90% even brown patina on it, stock and forearm are pretty good and crack free, bore is dark but crisp. The ol guy selling it has pretty much the same table of TIRED old stock all year (at VERY high prices), this popped out at me as I went to pass over his booth without looking.

He SWORE up and down that it was a Winchester, even after I pointed out it was clearly marked MARLIN on the top. After some talk (lots of bickering from him) he said "Aw Hell son, give me $250 and take it"


Seems in perfect working order, we'll find out on the next rain day


Pictures inbound as soon as I get home........
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Old November 3, 2013, 08:32 PM   #2
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Cool Beans! You got a steal of a deal.
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Old November 4, 2013, 04:14 PM   #3
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As promised:





Just noticed there is a small chip in the stock, left side. right by the hammer




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Old November 4, 2013, 04:18 PM   #4
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now I'll admit I know literally nothing about this particular model.

Any idea of value? (no, I'm not selling it...I've always wanted a lever action 22 and this is my first one. I love classics, it has a home till I die )

What are these chambered for? Short or LR? (I have bokoo of both)



EDIT> according to an on line S# guide, the rifle was made in 1903
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Old November 4, 2013, 04:24 PM   #5
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Oh, man . . . you got "took"!

Great looking rifle! I'd have snapped that up in a heartbeat - I've never owned a Marlin but if I'd have seen that one, it would have been my first! Congrats on your find . . . you got a great Winchester there . er . . . I mean Marlin!
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Old November 4, 2013, 06:38 PM   #6
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I would say a minimum of 500. It should be chambered for S,L,and LR but it should be marked so.
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Old November 5, 2013, 11:25 PM   #7
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Thanks fellas, well 100% sure there are no markings anywhere telling the chambering. Under the barrel, magazine tube, forearm...natta. Buddy that owns a local gun shop seems to think these were chambered for .22 long and/or short only. It will not cycle. 22LR
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Old November 6, 2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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Sounds to me...

... you got a great rifle & a great deal!!!



Also sounds like the guy who sold it wanted to sell SOMETHING to pay for his trip/booth whatever. Outstanding!

So many things in life are all about "the right place at the right time".

Congrats, sweet rifle!



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Old November 6, 2013, 06:36 PM   #9
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After doing some looking it was only the later ones that were marked but it should still take all three. I looked on several auctions and they were all listed as .22 LR
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