Marlin 38W S/N 79496, Ammo Avail?

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TomH3

Marlin 38W S/N 79496, Ammo Avail?

Post by TomH3 » Mon Dec 17, 2012 10:21 pm

I have inherited a Marlin Lever Action 38W, Side Action "Marlin Safety" inscribed on top of chamber area, Octagonal 24" Barrel, Patented Oct 11, 1887 & April 2, 1889. Searching the internet I found this gun is 38-40 cal. and of the black powder, lower pressure ammo. Can ammo be found for this gun, so we can shoot it? Thanks, Tom

TomH3

Re: Marlin 38W S/N 79496, Ammo Avail?

Post by TomH3 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:25 pm

The S/N indicates it was built 1892 or 1893. Not sure they built the 38W until 1893 - someone may know which. No fancy stuff, but in really good condition. Still curious what folks do with guns of this era other than display them.

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Re: Marlin 38W S/N 79496, Ammo Avail?

Post by cj57 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:53 pm

Tom,

Sounds like you have a model 1889, and if its in good shape, you can shoot it. I would use lead over jacketed ammo as the steel is softer in the old guns.You can find ammo pretty easy. Congrats on having fine old Marlin passed down.

Clark

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