Marlin Saefty 30-30

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by 26131, Mar 12, 2004.

  1. 26131

    26131 New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    Marlin Safety 30-30

    Does anyone know about this rifle and what a value would be for one in very good shape??

    Last edited: Mar 13, 2004
  2. JohnK3

    JohnK3 New Member

    May 5, 2003
    Need more info. Markings? (don't give full serial number) Is there a model number anywhere on the rifle? What year?

  3. 26131

    26131 New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    As far as I can tell there is no model number on the gun. The "Safety" is written in cursive, the gun is 20/22" long and more of a carbine type, lever action rifle. I would suspect Model 36 but not sure. Rifle is in very good condition with a small spot of rust. DOnt know how far in it is though. The seller is looking for $300 for it, but Im tempted to think that it may be worth a little more.

  4. 45Smashemflat

    45Smashemflat Active Member

    Oct 6, 2003
    Doesn't the "safety" moniker make it on the old side? Seems I read somewhere that Marlin made blackpowder and smokeless rifles at the same time and the "safety" indicated it was a smokeless variant.
  5. We are just guessing here. There are more markings on the rifle, that is certain. Information like patent date markings on the barrel, the barrel legend itself, and the serial number will allow us to accurately identify the rifle and begin an approximation of its value.

    I also seriously doubt that the entire rifle is 20"-22" long. I'd imagine he is referring to the barrel length, which would almost certaily make it a Model 36.

    The term 'Marlin Safety' was coined in 1889 to indicate the solid-top receivers with side ejection which was said to be safer than the Winchester top-ejection. It predates the introduction of the smokeless powder .30-30 which was in 1893.

    Since information seems to be so scarce, I dont think we can help much further.
  6. 26131

    26131 New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    Well apparently my father in law may have found te answer. Here is the reply.

    "Dear Mr. Mccormack -

    Thank you for your inquiry regarding the Marlin rifle you have.

    I believe that your model information was transposed in your message however, I think your firearm is a Marlin Model 1897 rifle. Marlin made the Model 1897 from 1897 to 1917 with an estimated production total of 125,000. For further information on this historic firearm, might I suggest the book Flayderman's Guide to Antique American Firearms by Norm Flayderman; Krause Publications, Iola, WI (All Dates). You should be able to get this publication from your local public library.

    For valuations, please see the following information from our website:"

    It is a 30-30 and not a .22LR

  7. Well, THAT makes no sense. The Marlin Model 1897 was only chambered in .22 rimfire, not .30-30.

    If the rifle is chambered for .30-30, it is either a Model 1893 or a Model 36.

    We would be happy to help further, but unless you provide us with just a LITTLE more information I dont see how we can.
  8. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    Agreed! Definitely not an 1897 which was .22 rimfire only.

    Not an 1894 or 1895.....which were marked "Marlin Safety" but not made in .30-30.

    Please give us ALL of the writing on the gun, exactly as it's written, and where it's written.

    We should be able to nail it down from that.
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