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Marlin model 97

Postby Fishman » Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:20 am

I have inherited a Marlin Model 97 (serial number 411791) and have several questions about it. First, can anybody tell me what year it was manufactured? Second, the gun is in really good shape except the rifling in the barrel is completely corroded. I have shot it but it is terribly inaccurate. I am considering having a barrel lining put in the rifle. I would like the rifle to be usable but don't want to ruin any value it might have. Is a new barrel lining a good idea or not?
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby marlinman93 » Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:11 pm

Your gun probably dates to the era of before WWI, but after 1906, as that's when the records ended with around 355,600. I'd guess at 1914 or so. If it were my gun I'd reline it, but only if the right guy did the work. A good liner will not be visable, and will make it a nice shooting gun. A poor liner will shoot badly, and ruin it's value. I would highly recommend John Taylor, as his liner work is as good as it gets.-Vall

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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:34 pm

Fishman;

I have a Marlin Model '97 with a serial number in the 442,000 range that is known to have been made in late 1913. Your serial number is lower, and should be somewhere in the 1911/1912 period.
I hope this helps.
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby shamanka » Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:26 pm

I have a Marlin model 97 serial number 354108. I don't know a thing about guns, but this has a 22 on the metal plate, so I assume that's what it is. It has some other numbers on it, too: 56 & LR. I was wondering how old it is and what the approximate value might be. I have to list its value for the estate. Thanks.
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:01 pm

Shamanka;

A Model '97 with a serial number in the 354,000 range would have been shipped from the factory in 1906. What you see beside the .22 caliber marking is an S, L, & LR for short, long and long rifle cartridges that can be used in this rifle.
Value of any antique firearm is dictated by the amount and condition of the remaining original factory finish on the wood and metal. Without knowing these conditions, it is not possible to give an accurate estimation of value at this time. The best thing for you to do is go to some of the online internet gun auction sites like Auction Arms, Gun Broker and compare your guns condition to some of those listed and watch to see what they sell for. There is Guns America and Guns International that lists guns for sale too if you want to go there.
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby shamanka » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:45 am

Thanks so much for the great information : )
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby 33268460 » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:01 pm

I have a Marlin Model 97 S,L & LR, Serial Number A7608 that I inherited from my grandfather. Can anyone tell me when this might have been manufactured and what something like this might be worth. It's been up in the attic for 40 years. Thanks, Scott
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby Parley Baer » Thu Feb 10, 2011 7:46 pm

Your Model 97 was most likely made in the 1916 to 1920 era. Unless the serial number is under the lever, has a Marlin Firearms Corporation barrel, a bullseye in the bottom of the buttstock or a star by the Model 97 stamp on the upper tang. Not very likey but If so than it would have been made later on.
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby lhaas45 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:18 pm

I have inherited a model 97 (s/n A300) from my father. From what I can find on the internet, it was built between 1905 and 1922. Can I use high velocity ammo or do I need to stay with low or medium velocity rounds?
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Re: Marlin model 97

Postby Regnier (gunrunner) » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:37 pm

lhaase45;

Like the gun posted just prior to yours, it would have been made in the 1916/1917 era. This rifle was made prior to the high speed ammunition, so you really need to stick with standard velocity or target ammunition for use in it. The high speed ammunition did not come along until the early 1930's, so any .22 caliber rifle made prior to that needs to use the lower velocity ammunition.
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