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Old 04-11-2021, 03:17 PM
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Unique Model 1892 Marlin .22 LR Beautiful!



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I have had this beauty for a bunch of years as part of my Marlin Lever Action collection. Love those Marlins! I have never shot it until today, though! What a great pleasure. Even though it is in great condition for a Marlin made in 1895, it cycled and shot smoothly and no problems at all!

There is a vintage Lyman 4X 422 Expert scope sitting in an interesting Mossberg #7 scope mount. The scope apparently harkens from the mid 1930s. The scope is as clear as a modern one and sights in just fine.

I don't believe the magazine tube is original. It is short and there is a filled dove-tail under the front muzzle where, I think, the front of a full length magazine tube was fixed. Hopefully the Marlin experts can help me figure this out.

But the stock checkering is gorgeous and the condition is great. The bore looks new. No rust and little wear at all.

So, how much of this octagonal barreled Marlin is original and what has been done to it?

Thank you for your help in figuring this out. I need to shoot it lots more!

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Old 04-11-2021, 03:20 PM
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:21 PM
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:57 PM
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Some strange things have been done to that stock. The hollowing out of the butt is odd, the border treatment of the checkering seems to have been done with something other than a checkering tool, and that hole in the forend giving a window to the magazine tube is just bizarre. Maybe it was a project in a gunsmithing class, or just some owner's attempts at customization. Overall a nice rifle that I would get new wood for.
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Old 04-11-2021, 04:01 PM
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It is bizarre but the wood design as well as the rifle itself is why I bought it years ago (for very little!). I love it the way it is- an orphan. Very unique. I can leave restoring it to a proper stock to someone in the future. I'll enjoy it now.

But thanks for pointing these things out. I do want to know what's been done to it.

How hard would it be to find an original stock appropriate for this rifle?
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Old 04-11-2021, 04:37 PM
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Your rifle has been extensively customized, but that's OK. The barrel (should read Marlin Firearms Company, not Corporation) and buttstock (has the Marlin trademark "Bullseye") have been replaced. Actually, the magazine may be original, but it is unusual to see such a short one. The original rifle was made in 1895 or 1896. The work was obviously done by someone who cared a lot for it, even though he/she wasn't a true professional. Still, as you say, it is unique, and I would just enjoy it as it is.

If you wanted to replace the stock/forend, I'm fairly certain you could obtain a set that would also fit a Model 39 (not 39A). However, you would still have the problem of the short magazine, which is the reason for the cutout in the one you have.
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Old 04-11-2021, 04:50 PM
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Whig:

" . . . I do want to know what's been done to it. . . . "

I would say:

Receiver blued (not case hardened)
Lever blued (not case hardened)
Receiver drilled and tapped (for single screw on top)
Barrel replaced
Barrel drilled and tapped for scope mounts, front and rear
Front sight replaced
Magazine tubes and springs shortened and modified
Magazine tube dovetail filled w/ blank
Forearm modified to allow feeding into shortened/modified magazine tube
Bullseye added to butt stock (or butt stock replaced?)
Checkering added to butt stock and forearm

Also, I don't believe that any 1892 models were made in 1885. (did you mean 1895?)

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Old 04-11-2021, 05:00 PM
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Thanks for the summary. It's obviously been through a lot.

And, yes, I meant 1895. Correction made!
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Old 04-11-2021, 05:21 PM
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Most Model 1892s came with blued receivers. His receiver appears to be original and in very good condition (much better than most that you find now).
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Old 04-11-2021, 05:50 PM
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None of the metal on this gun looks sanded at all. All lettering and numbers are sharp and clear. Looks original and no evidence of case hardening.
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Old 04-11-2021, 06:11 PM
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That is one amazing looking rifle

Being all custom means it's one of a kind
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:08 AM
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Very curious rifle with lots of mods but I like it.
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Old 04-12-2021, 06:48 AM
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Thanks. Shoots amazing! Love the vintage scope.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:30 AM
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l like it l wouldn't change a thing, the half tube looks like a big bore rifle, it could have been in sad shape before all the work was done and the new owner could have wanted to do something that was pleasing to his eyes.
l have done the same thing to an old Savage 22 visible loader in 1969, the rifle sat in a corner of the garage door opening next to the shop l was working in right next to a mint 1938 Buick Roadmaster it was used to shoot rats a night, it wasn't in the best condition but the bore was good picked it up for 10 dollars, l also refinished the stock and added checkering to the pistol grip l couldn't do anything to the forearm it was grooved.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:03 PM
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Yes alot going on there..But I would keep it as is..It is what it has become now..No going back in my opinion..Or atleast not without alot of expense..Way more than it would be worth.

Enjoy it as is..If you like it..That is the most important thing..Take it out and have fun with it....

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