I inherited a rifle from my grandfather. Marked on the side is:
JM Marlin New Haven Conn. USA
Patented Feb. 9, 1875
Ballards patent No 5, 1861
The serial number on the bottom is 2878
It has a 28" barrel. There are no caliber markings on it. I did get 2 boxes of cartridges with it and they are marked:
US Target Cartridges
Cal. 38 short
So I am assuming the caliber is .38 short rimfire.
The condition looks good, all markings are readable, the stock is intact and no cracks. The rifling looks good too.
Any idea what this rifle is and it's worth? Are the cartirdges worth anything?