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Just acquired this Marlin Model 1893. Marked "Marlin Safety" and Model 1893 on the receiver. "Special Smokeless Steel" and 30-30 on the barrel. SN# 1803XX. Made in early 1899. It has the hammer spring from he!! and thre are no shims under the spring. The bad thing is some moron "cleaned it up."



 

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Nice looking Marlin Sporter model. Don't see many of them around any more, so nice catch in spite of ====
Actually the rifle was shipped from the factory with a 28" (26" was standard) barrel. Somewhere along the line a very professional job of shortening the barrel was done.
 

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One of my local shops is owned by an expert who cleans up all the old guns with steel wool. Yes sir, he can make a nice old 73 Winchester just glow after he shines it up nice and shiny with his steel wool. He's ruined a number of collectible guns. Of course he still seems to sell them all at above market prices, so it must be working for him :(
 

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One of my local shops is owned by an expert who cleans up all the old guns with steel wool. Yes sir, he can make a nice old 73 Winchester just glow after he shines it up nice and shiny with his steel wool. He's ruined a number of collectible guns. Of course he still seems to sell them all at above market prices, so it must be working for him :(
Like I said before, some moron "cleaned it up" and just because they owned a gun shop does not change the fact they do not know what they are doing.
 

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Theyare still nice rifles...
But remember if you want to fireit (I shoot all my old rifles) the chamber throat is most likely going to be large. So IF you want to shoot cast slug, that area and plan on at least .001 over throat to get good accuracy.
My old Marlins in 38-55 all require .381+ and my two 1881 45´s need .461 + .
 

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Theyare still nice rifles...
But remember if you want to fireit (I shoot all my old rifles) the chamber throat is most likely going to be large. So IF you want to shoot cast slug, that area and plan on at least .001 over throat to get good accuracy.
My old Marlins in 38-55 all require .381+ and my two 1881 45´s need .461 + .
In my old guns I only shoot lead bullets, the softer the better. I make my own and then roll my own, even for my hunting guns. I would never put a jacket bullet down this gun's barrel, for any reason.
 
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