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My new (to me) Marlin 81 (PICS)

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Hey all, figured you guys might enjoy seeing this. I picked up this J.C. Higgins Model 103.13 which from what I understand is a Marlin Model 81 sold by Sears Roebuck. Anyhow, I picked it up along with a Remington 511 for $250 out the door. I figured these guns would make for a great set of project rifles.

The Marlin has a very interesting rear sight that appears to be the factory peep sight base with a home made peep sight attached. With some searching, I found what the original looks like but have been coming up with nothing as far as a replacement part. I also found the Williams replacement, but would prefer factory for a few dollars more. Figured I would show you guys what it has and see what you think!

So far I have found a few parts on both that need replacing, mostly springs. A quick function check shows they work fine, though the Marlin has a little trouble feeding and extracting. Feeding, it points the round a little too high and the driving band catches on the top of the chamber. Extracting, well it just doesn't, the extractor is intact, but the hook seems bent out a bit too far so I am going to try tweaking it a bit tonight to see what I can come up with.
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