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1893 marling 25-20

Postby zfunk88 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:58 pm

I recently acquired 1893 lever action marlin 25-20. It was purchase by my wifes grandfather. It has a 26 1/2 inch octagon barrel. Serial number is 266495
I know very little about guns was wondering how old it is and approximate worth.
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Re: 1893 marling 25-20

Postby marlinman93 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 6:30 pm

Sounds like you've either got the caliber, or model wrong. If it's a .25-20, then it should be a model 1894. If by chance it's a model 1893, then it's most likely a .25-36 Marlin, not a .25-20. They didn't make the model 1893 in .25-20.
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Re: 1893 marling 25-20

Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:16 pm

Zfunk88;

The records show that serial number to be a Model 1894 that was shipped in early 1903. It HAD a 28 inch octagon barrel in .25-20 claiber and pistol grip stock. The pistol grip stock adds to the value, but apparently, the shortened barrel will take it away.
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Re: 1893 marling 25-20

Postby carbineone » Tue Jul 07, 2009 1:55 pm

I am no expert but are you meausuring the barrel length from the end of the reciever out or from the inside of the chamber where the cartridge goes? Will make a differance obviously but I do not know if it would make a 1 1/2 inch differnace but maybe....
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