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Old 07-04-2019, 06:55 PM
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Is $300good for a Marlin 1897 a good deal?



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Local shop has a Marlin M97, take a chance on it??

the shop tag on it notes: M97 / m39...

Receiver has a 'Nickled finish" on it.

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Old 07-04-2019, 07:00 PM
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any pics?
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Old 07-04-2019, 07:57 PM
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I would hate myself if I passed it up for $300. How does the action feel, is the bore bright? E.
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Old 07-05-2019, 09:44 AM
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Condition is everything. You don't state anything about that.

Without pictures we can't help you because based on the tag description "97/39", it's a parts gun.

The bore could be a sewer pipe.

The wood could be sanded down below the tangs.

If the magazine tube assembly is busted it's useless.

The finish could be brown, pitted, cold blued, etc.

That "nickel" receiver could just be polished metal.

Just remember, "if you buy junk it stays junk".

It's your money, but a decent, completely original condition, 1897 (with a very good shootable bore) will average $800.

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Old 07-20-2019, 07:52 PM
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Are you asking if $300 is a good price for a 1897 just to get a reaction on how great a deal it is?
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Old 07-21-2019, 10:45 AM
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Seems like a great price, but like everyone says depends on condition. another thing to look at is the magazine tube. Sometimes the latch or spring on them go bad, and a tough to repair.

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Old 07-21-2019, 01:28 PM
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Don't miss that it could be the front half of a 97 and the rear end of a 39 or vice versa.... The action splits in half with the takedown screw... Easy to mix them up.... May not run right that way...
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Old 07-21-2019, 09:47 PM
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It would have to be in very bad condition that it wouldn’t be worth $300.

Buy it and worry about everything else later.
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