Model 1888 Marlin parts

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Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by jkirk49 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:46 am

Are there any common parts between a model 1888 and model 1889? Finding parts for an 1889 are possible but 1888 parts are like hen's teeth. I'd like to get my 1888 up and running have come to a stand still on finding parts.

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Re: Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by marlinman93 » Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:19 pm

Very little, and those few that could be used can't be used without modification. I purchased an 1888 .38-40 years ago, and it was missing some parts. I was able to reshape an 1889/1894 loading gate to make it fit. I used a later mag tube with very minor fitting. The rest the parts I had to make from scratch.
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Re: Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by jkirk49 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:34 am

Thanks for that info. It looked to me like the locking bolt might be similar but I'm not sure about the lever or hammer. I do know that the spring is a little longer on the loading gate and it appears that it didn't have a lever catch like the 1889.

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Re: Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by marlinman93 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:59 pm

The loading gate is different, and if I recall I removed metal off the rear edge of the gate to make it fit the opening of the 1888 perfectly. But OAL from mounting hole to forward edge of the gate is the same, so it worked fine after modification. No idea on lever as mine was fine.
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Re: Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by jkirk49 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:52 pm

Well that's odd. I just measured the gate on a 1889 model in 32W and it's 1.15 from the center of the screw hole the the back of the gate opening, The 1888 I have in 32W measures 1.56

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Re: Model 1888 Marlin parts

Post by marlinman93 » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:59 am

Sorry. I believe I modified a 1893 or 336 gate to use on my 1888.
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