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marlin ballard .22 lr

Post by tjk » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:18 pm

I have a .22 lr marlin ballard with straight wrist. #'s match. Ser. # 17xxx, Not been re-lined. I am in the process of doing that now. Could anyone tell me what model this could be? Thanks for the consideration. tk.

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Re: marlin ballard .22 lr

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:35 pm

TJK;

If your Ballard is an original .22 caliber gun, then it is a Number 3 Gallery Gun. If it is an original .22 Balllard, then the top of the receiver will be concave over the section where the barrel screws into the receiver.
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Re: marlin ballard .22 lr

Post by tjk » Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:45 pm

After I posted this question, I realized that I should have given more info.

#1. 22 1/2 " bbl. muzzle to receiver.
#2. 3/4 " across the flats. (octagon bbl.).
#3. Nickled receiver and lever, and buttplate.
#4. single trigger.
#5. srtaight wrist ( no pistol grip).
#6. Marlin firearms, New Haven, 3-line address.
#7.Octagon bbl with no caliber designation. never relined, matching ser. # with all other parts.
#8. very low, simple , sights. rear with very-very , fine notch. Front sight simple blade with flat top , no bead.
#9. just finished re-lining bbl. stock needs refinish. Probably will case-harden myself. wrap with leather scraps, surround with bone-meal, put in large cast pipe, heat pipe for fifteen min. Keep heated bright red. unscrew cap and dump into pail of cold water, Hope for the best. Any other suggestions appreciated. threw an old lyman peep in the factory "tang holes". shot three subsonics into 3/4" off bags at 45 yds. with the original front sights . Sight that came with gun , don't know if original.
The top of the receiver is perfectly flat , not concave. Forend has a small "Schnabble" front.

Thanks for any consideration.

tk Randall, Mn.

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Re: marlin ballard .22 lr

Post by marlinman93 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:07 pm

I have two original #3's with flat top receivers. The concave top started later in production, although I'm not sure at what serial number. Mine also have the heavier barrel associated with the flat top receivers. When they went to concave the barrels also got lighter with the round portion just at the chamber.
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Re: marlin ballard .22 lr

Post by tjk » Sat Nov 12, 2011 8:25 pm

Thanks for the information on the Marlin-ballard .22 l.r. I am waiting for "the Ballard book to arrive".

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