Help with Marlin 39 birthdate

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Chief-wahoo
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Help with Marlin 39 birthdate

Post by Chief-wahoo » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:03 pm

Hi everyone, picked up a marlin 39 octagon barrel casehardened frame at local pawn shop, need help figuring out the birthdate. Serial # 769-. Has a ivory bead front sight? Thanks

chrifle
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Re: Help with Marlin 39 birthdate

Post by chrifle » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:51 pm

With a 4 digit serial number (and no prefix) as you have written, it's likely from the third or fourth year of production (1924-5). The ivory bead was standard until 1934. The rubber buttplate should have the Marlin name in vertical script. Shoot ONLY standard velocity ammo in this rifle or you will break the bolt! Great find, do enjoy!

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