.40-63 Everlasting Ballard

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.40-63 Everlasting Ballard

Post by marlinman93 » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:08 pm

Picked up an old JM Marlin marked Ballard today in .40-63 Everlasting. It is the #1 1/2 model, which is the first forged action Ballard built by Marlin, and also the first Marlin Ballard to be completely built from new parts, and not leftovers from Brown Mfg. Co. Most #1 1/2 Ballards were pretty used up, so they rarely show up with much, if any finish, but this one is better than most I've found. It's also got a very nice bore, with deep rifling, and shiny. Only alteration is a hole through the forearm for a old sling someone must have had on it at some point.
I've searched for a 1 1/2 model Ballard for a very long time, and glad to have this one show up at our local gun show today, and get it before anyone who knew what it was saw it!

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Re: .40-63 Everlasting Ballard

Post by Road King » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:25 pm

Looks like a rare find, congratulations.
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Re: .40-63 Everlasting Ballard

Post by marlinman93 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:28 am

Road King wrote:Looks like a rare find, congratulations.
Thanks! Pretty exciting to finally find a decent 1 1/2! Now I need to get started reloading. I have a Hepburn in .40-70 Sharps Straight, so a lot of what I have for it will work in the Ballard without much changes.
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