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Old 11-25-2019, 04:45 PM
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As part of a multiple rifle trade with an individual, I ended up with a pretty nice example (92-95%) of a Marlin 783, .22 mag tube fed bolt. It has real walnut stock with pressed checkering.

I have a lot of bolt rimfires, both scoped and iron sights, but this is my first bolt action Marlin to my knowledge. I may sight-in the iron sights on sand bags and later decorate it with a suitable scope. Am curious to see if it will keep up with an Anschutz 141M and CZ 452 already in the stable.

I would like to know 3 things:

1. Other experiences with this model and ammo that it likes.

2. Approx. date of manufacture. The serial number is: 2652084x

3. While I realize this rifle will probably be worth more than printed values in my 2-year-old Blue Book, I would like an opinion of its current value given the condition stated above..........mostly to see if I allowed too much money for it on the trades.......... Blue Book frequently UNDER values many Remington bolt actions and others that I collect.

Many thanks in advance, Bo in western NC

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Old 11-25-2019, 06:13 PM
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It was made in 1974. First two digits of the serial number subtracted from 100. Probably $250 in that condition plus or minus $50 depending on area or other things. Generally tube fed is more desirable than the 782 mag fed. Still a chance to buy it locally without extra shipping and ffl fees is a plus. Marlins are known for generally good to excellent accuracy but the triggers are usually heavy. I have a 782 which I like a lot including the pressed design in the genuine walnut stock.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:46 PM
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THANKS, Jerryray........... 1974 --Got it!

Whew! My 2 year old Blue Book was listing something like $110 in 100% condition, which I figured was way under valued. While I was never interested enough in Marlin bolt .22's to purchase one, the impulse suddenly hit and the seller I had just dealt with was one of the most genuine guys I had met in a long time. I sort of thought I had seen stickers on similar Marlins in the recent past that were over $200.

He had $295 on the sticker. He knocked it down to $250. Bear in mind I just did him a huge favor in trading my 572 Lightweight to complete his "collection of Three." While I was still studying the Marlin, he said: "$240"

I took the bait!! So maybe it was a fair purchase after all. And I definitely like tube fed better than removable magazine in most .22 rifles.

My experience with Ruger 77/22 mag, Anschutz 141M, and CZ 452 seems to favor the lighter .22 mag ammo like 33 grain pills. I have a variety of .22 mag ammo from 30 grain to 50 grain. I won't have a chance to take it to my range at the cabin for a couple months, so what should I expect it to group best with for the most part?

THANKS, Y'all! Bo

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Old 11-26-2019, 02:51 PM
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Congrats on your new to you 22-mag. Good guns and should be a good shooter. Accuracy wise I would expect 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch groups at 100 yards. Better than that great ,and worse than that not so good. Also as you well know find the ammo that it likes.

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Old 11-26-2019, 03:28 PM
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I would like to know 3 things:

1. Other experiences with this model and ammo that it likes.
My 782 groups best with 50gr. Federals.
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:02 PM
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My Marlin .22 magnums group best with Federal 50 grain also. The microgroove barrels seem to prefer the heavier bullets.
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:46 PM
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Thanks fellers!

Of course I would feed any "new" rifle a varied diet of different brands and bullet weights, but just wanted to see what works for others with this model.

I do have a brick of Federal 50-grain.........several years old but am sure it will work. I used to use them in a Ruger 10/22 magnum, Rem. 597 Mag, Marlin 922, and several bolt rifles.

So will probably start with the Fed. 50's and work my way down through the Win. and CCI 40's, and on down to the 30 grainers I have by Remington and seems like another one.

Y'all have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Bo
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I'm in the Fat Boolits crowd as well...both my Marlin Magnums work best above 39-grains.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:43 PM
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THANKS, Jerryray........... 1974 --Got it!

Whew! My 2 year old Blue Book was listing something like $110 in 100% condition, which I figured was way under valued.
i'd buy them all day long at that price lol
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:04 PM
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Mine shoots about 1 1/4 inch at 100 and 3/8-1/2 at 50. I have tried most 22 mag ammo I can get my hands on and it shoots the Hornady V max the best. Great rifles you shouldn't be disappointed.
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Old 12-13-2019, 08:33 PM
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I have owned several Marlin 22's. Only 1 was a LR, rest were wmr's. (mags). My neighbor picked up a walnut 780 something I think, like new along with another marlin 22 mag with maple or something stock. Both were mag fed and both had cheap scopes.. Got both of them for 250 out the door... at a pawn shop no less.....

I haven't saw anything near that good a deal in the three years since. I got a trade in which the person I was dealing with had a Marlin 22mag. I kinda agreed with the deal based upon a grainy photo. (he owed me $200).

He brought me a mint marlin 25mn, model year 1995, with cheap Bushnell sportview. (mag feed).. Barrel looked clean as a pin. Rust is nowhere on the gun. Not a dimple in the stock. (well it does now).

From my history shooting these rifles they are pretty accurate for a 22mag.. I'm pretty unstable and shaky and I can still hit quarters at 50yrds all day long with my 25mn and cci 40gr maximag hp. at 1875 fps.

I only have knowledge of a couple brands that work well in my rifle. CCI brand anything 30gr and above. Winchester 40gr hp in grey box.. (thats what came with the trade and shoots the quarter at 50 too!) I'm too afraid to even try some of the cheap stuff out there, I hear its literally "hit and miss"..
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