Marlin 1889 in 38-40

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by MPinkston, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. MPinkston

    MPinkston New Member

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    A co-worker has a Marlin in 38-40. I believe it is a model 1889. It has a 24" octogonal bbl, no checkering on the wood, straight stock. S/N 1081XX. Top of bbl says "38 W". I'm guessing the condition to be very good to fine. Any thoughts on its rarity and value? Thanks.

    Mark
  2. CountryGunsmith

    CountryGunsmith New Member

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    Sorry for the delay, been a tad busy...

    The Marlin 1889 was Marlin's first solid-top side-ejection rifle and is relatively scarce as only about 55000 were made in the 10 years of production. You are right in that '38 W' would stand for .38 Winchester or .38-40 WCF.

    Unfortunately, this is one of those areas were a generalization like 'fine' (even though it's an official NRA grade) just wont cut it. These rifles fluctuate from around $400 to well over $1000 based just on the amount of casehardening left on the receiver, much less any special order features. The 24" barrel was standard, however. That's a 'hands-on' evaluation rifle, or at least several close up well-detailed pictures, to even get in a suitable ballpark.

    That said, these are heavily collected and are a SOLID investment provided the original condition is high and the gun is well cared for.
  3. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

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    Decent article on the 1889 in last mo's G&A.....
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