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1893 32-40

Post by smoore » Fri Oct 26, 2007 6:13 pm

My grandmother gave her old hunting rifle to my dad. I believe it is a model 1893 32-40 takedown. It is stamped with 32-40. I think the serial number is 134006.( That is from memory so it may be wrong) The gun has a 1/2 octogon and 1/2 round barrel. It has a scene of two deer engraved on one side and there is engraving over most of the gun. It has a pistol grip and a tang sight. It appears to be in very good condition. I would like to find out what year the gun was made and an approximate value for insurance purposes.

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Post by SteveW » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:13 pm

What a sweet rifle!!! :D Sorry I can't offer much in the way of value, but with your pics, someone here will be able to help you out.

Pics are very helpful - thanks for including them! SW
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Post by Hunt4em » Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:27 pm

If you can get the actual serial number to Regnier, he just may be able to help you with the factory records! Nice rifle and I think Val gave you a pretty realistic value over on Marlin Owners. Could easily exceed $10,000 at auction! You can't insure sentimental value, so unless your insurance requires some sort of official document stating value, insure on the high side.


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Post by smoore » Fri Oct 26, 2007 8:14 pm

Thanks Hunt4em,
Val's post was very helpful and a little suprising. I agree there is no price on the sentimental value and with the family history I'm sure the rifle will continue to stay in the family for a long time. Most homeowners policies have sublimits on firearms so I want to make sure we get the proper policy to insure this baby.

I was incorrect on my recollection of the serial number. The correct number is 134002. Not off by much. :wink:

Hopefully Regnier will check the factory records for me.

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Post by Don Anderson » Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:40 pm

Hi Smoore:

Your rifle was made in 1896 and has a number of factory special order features. It is a Number 3 engraved, "B" checkered with pistol grip, take-down, hard rubber buttplate, and a half-round half-octagon barrel. It does have a tang sight, but in order for it to be a correct fit to the Model 1893 .32-40 rifle, it should have a "J" stamped on the bottom side of it. I would insure it for a minimum of $10,000. It's a beautiful old Marlin and one you can really be proud of.


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Post by marlinman93 » Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:47 pm

I tend to be a bit conservative, and I'd guess Don is probably a bit closer to real value at 10k.-Vall
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Post by mobydoug » Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:26 pm

Your Granny has wonderful taste in firearms. Doug

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Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:41 pm


Don is correct, your very fine Marlin Model 1893 left the factory in early 1896 with a 26 inch half octagon barrel in .32-40 caliber, half magazine, takedown, pistol grip stock.
Frankly, with prices currently seen at auction, $10,000.00 is way to conservative. I would expect to see it closer to $12,000.00 and maybe a little more. If it were mine, I would insure it for a minimun of $15,000.00. You should be able to contact your household insurance company and get a "Fine Arts Floater" policy to cover this piece separately. Prices vary from $1.00 per $1,000.00 of value and up depending upon the company. The NRA offers gun insurance too if you are a member.
Good luck........

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