Help identifying Marlin Ballard rifle


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Help identifying Marlin Ballard rifle

Post by cogden » Sun Oct 04, 2009 10:34 am


I have an old Marlin Ballard Single Shot rifle that I am trying to identify and value.. Looking around on this forum, I can safely say it is a Ballard single shot, but I am not clear on the various differences in models.

The rifle does not have any caliber stamping on it that is visible. The only stamping is the 3 lines on the side of the receiver, identifying it as a Marlin built under the Ballard patent.

Octagonal barrel, 30". Gun is in pretty good shape overall, action is smooth, bore looks pretty good. Stock is in pretty good shape, but is a little loose.

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I tried plugging the SN (12136) into a lookup wizard on Homestead Firearms, but it didn't give me any results.

Any insight into what model gun this is, and what it's approximate value is, would be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Help identifying Marlin Ballard rifle

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:46 pm


Your Ballard rifle has the appearance of a Number 2 Sporting Rifle. The Number 2 was made in several calibers; .32, .38 and .44 Extra Long Ballard and .44-40. Later is it was made in .32-20 caliber as well.
The Number 2 Sporting rifle is about the most common version around and available on the market. In the overall condition you rifle is in, it might be worth around $450.00 to $600.00 depending upon the bore and tightness of the action.
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Re: Help identifying Marlin Ballard rifle

Post by Hunt4em » Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:32 pm

With the reversible firing pin, your rifle is a #2 Sporting Rifle. Have you checked to see if the serial #'s match on the breach block and frame?

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