Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

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Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:44 am

I just picked up an 1881 in 45-70 cal. The barrel is 28", octagon. The barrel is marked 45 Govt,looks to be an original barrel? The bore is actually very good with fairly strong rifling and no pitting. With black powder I was expecting much worse. After a good cleaning I loaded up some light loads and took it out to the range. A pleasant surprise, shoots like a dream. the serial # is 196x which from what I understand, it would have been made in the first year of production. All of the wood is aged / dark, but no cracks or gouges. The blueing looks to be VG on the barrel and a bit light on the receiver, but still shows good blueing. It's missing the dust cover and some one bobbed the hammer? I found a new Marlin hammer and will install it as soon as it arrives. Not sure what I'm going to do about the dust cover but in time I'm hoping to find one. All in All this was the first 1881 I have seen and after doing some research on this model, I find it has an interesting history. A nice addition to say the least.

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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:30 pm

Bslim;

The serial number of your Marlin Model 1881 is too low for the factory records to check.
It would be interesting to know if your barrel is marked J. M. Marlin or is it marked Marlin Fire-Arms Company?
There is a dust cover on eBay right now along with some other 1881 parts. Search "Marlin" in "Vintage gun parts"
The item number is 382229224844
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:43 am

The Marlin 1881 is marked JM Marlin on the top of the barrel, Thx for the lead on the dust cover.

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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:14 am

AS hard as I tried, I could not find the 1881 dust cover on Ebay? Not sure if it was sold and removed from the listing?

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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:22 pm

Bslim;

I just searched by the item number and it came right up.

Item # is 382229224844

Type that number in the search box and it will come up.
OR; type; Marlin Model 1881 mortise top cover in the search box as that is how it is listed.
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by marlinman93 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:33 am

He actually has two dust covers, and this one is $25 less than the other:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marlin-1881-Mor ... Swk~xZggpr
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:33 pm

Vall;

That one you listed is for a small frame Model 1881, and "Bslim" needs a dust cover for an early large frame Model 1881.
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by marlinman93 » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:53 am

Oops! I'm in the same boat here! Have a DST 1881 with a small frame dust cover on it, and need a large frame cover. But I'm too tight to pay that guy's $175 for the large one! Unless he'd take mine in trade and let me pay the difference! ;)
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:27 am

Thanks for all of the help on the dust cover. I did find it on Ebay, it's in VG condition, I was willing to pay his price, but unfortunately he does not ship to Canada. I am still looking. Thx again.

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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:38 am

Bslim;

Do you know anyone in the U.S. that could buy it for you and then ship to you? Would cost a little more for the extra shipping, but it is an option.
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:11 am

I don't mind the extra shipping costs, just need to find the person willing to do it for me?

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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:12 am

Bslim;

See if the seller will sell it to you, but ship to another person in the U.S. that you know. Then they can ship it to you.
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by bslim » Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:04 pm

When I'm on the web page, there is no contact listing? Does anyone have an email address or some contact info for the seller?
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Road King » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:15 pm

You could have it shipped to my place in Arizona but I won't be there until mid Nov.
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Re: Marlin 1881 45/70 / New Addition

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:56 pm

Bslim;

Click on the sellers name at the top of the page and a new page will come up with his profile and past feedback information. In the upper, right hand corner is an icon with "Contact" to email the seller. Click on that and you can email him.
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