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Help Identifying Shotguns

Post by Marlinman » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:11 am

I recently purchased two early Marlin shotguns:

Model 1898 (serial number 39058)
Model 16 (serial number 116911)

Does anyone have factory info on these?

Thank you.

Also, the 1898 has a chipped butt plate, any ideas on where to get an original replacement?

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Re: Help Identifying Shotguns

Post by Wishbone » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:50 pm

Greetings, has repo buttplates for Marlins. IDK if the will fit your particular model or not, but it is worth a look. I think you will be able to make one work. They list the dimensions of their plates, so that will help.
As far as an original, you can watch ebay for a very long time and MAYBE find one. But you have to remember you are looking for a part that was fragile to begin with, thus easily damaged. Those models have not been produced in over 100 years, so I think your best bet is a quality repo, which Vintage Gun Grips makes. Some minor fitting will be necessary, but that is no big deal.

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Re: Help Identifying Shotguns

Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Tue Aug 09, 2016 9:16 pm


Even if you were to find an original, it probably would not fit your stock. The butt plates were in place when the butt stock was finish sanded to size and ready for finish. And, since it was all pretty much hand work then, old, hard rubber butt plates seldom interchange as it is nearly impossible to make things the exact same size and shape each and every time. Same for steel butt plates, which is why they were serial numbered to the gun and stock.
If the butt plate is only chipped, it is an easy repair using epoxy putty. Add the epoxy putty to the damaged area and shape correctly. Then take black Fusion paint and paint the entire butt plate. After it has dried completely, take fine steel wool and buff lightly until it takes on the correct look (it should have a slight dull look to it). Just be careful not to take too much paint off. If done properly, you cannot tell the butt plate was ever damaged. I have done a number of butt plates for myself and a few for others and each looks original when done.
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