View Full Version : Marlin Model 81-DL ?s

July 24, 2000, 11:53 AM
Below is a repost from Art of the rifle:

Flagstaff Gun Show this last weekend! No exclamation point necessary. Not such a good show.
Anyway... I was able to find a new .22rf rifle, a Marlin model 81-DL. A nice tube fed, bolt action rifle with a nicely shaped walnut stock, 24" bbl and a Redfeild rear micrometer adj. peep sight.
No serial number visable, so I assume it's pre-`68?
Does anyone know about this rifle?
Years of manufacture?
Production quantities?
Average values? This one may be >95%.
I'm told the sight alone is worth $80?
Would the DL suffix denote "Deluxe"?

It is a nice rifle with a nice full size stock. I haven't shot it yet, but will soon.

Thanks for any help!

July 24, 2000, 02:29 PM
The Marlin 81DL was manufactured from 1940 to 1965 and sold under both the Marlin and Glenfield names. They were considered an inexpensive "utility" rifle and prices today range from $65 to $90. At 95% yours would, obviously, command the higher range.


July 25, 2000, 10:09 AM
Gunslinger, Thanks!! Hope to get out with it today!

February 19, 2001, 01:10 PM
My grandfather just gave me a Marlin 81-DL that he bought 57 years ago. It is in really good shape. I may have it re-finished though. Can anyone tell me anything else about it?

February 21, 2001, 07:30 AM
I have my grandfathers 80DL. Is it the same rifle except for being clip fed rather than tube. I also have an old peep site moounted as well. Its a splendid shooter, but most important, it was my grandfather's...

February 21, 2001, 09:41 AM
I can't wait to shoot it. My grandfather told me it was a real tackdriver.