Marlin 1881 comes home

jbohiojbohio Senior MemberPosts: 5,509 Senior Member
Just liberated from the LGS. Marlin 1881, 24" 45 Govt.
I gotta say, I'm more excited about this gun than I have been about a new gun in a long time.
It is what it is, the bore has some pitting. I don't really care. If it'll hit a pie plate at 50 yards, great. At 100, even better.
Anyway, the previous owner didn't do his homework, he thought it was an 1895. Whoops. So did I, actually, until you guys figured it out.
Thanks, that really threw some fuel on the fire.
Also, I didn't look at the serial # closely enough. I was off by 5000. It's actually 35xx.:cool2:
And, uh, I talked him down a good bit, because of the pitting.

Sorry about the pics, I'm in a hurry. I'll get some proper pictures later.

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  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,440 Senior Member
    VERY NICE. I was expecting much worse by your description.

    Yea, you suck!
  • MichakavMichakav Senior Member Posts: 2,440 Senior Member
    There is one on Gunbroker bid to $650 that is in MUCH rougher shape. You got a deal.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 11,003 Senior Member
    Looks pretty good from the pictures, did it load and cycle some ammo ok?
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,509 Senior Member
    Michakav wrote: »
    VERY NICE. I was expecting much worse by your description.

    Yea, you suck!

    Thanks! It's been reblued, so that hurts the value. Doesn't really matter to me, I think it's pretty sweet for ~130 years old.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,284 Senior Member
    Nice find:up: Looks like my 1895 cowboy models great gran-dad.


    Sako
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,509 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Looks pretty good from the pictures, did it load and cycle some ammo ok?

    Yep. I gotta figure out how to strip it, it needs a thorough cleaning. Gotta gather up some brass, dies, etc. before I can get down to business.
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,706 Senior Member
    That thing looks quite a bit better than you described. You really do suck. Oh, and thanks for the list. Now I'm considering a detour through Ohio when I drive up to Wisconsin to visit my family in February. I just have to try and scrounge up about two grand as there's three guns on that list that I'd like to own.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,174 Senior Member
    OK..it's official...I hate you...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,509 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    That thing looks quite a bit better than you described. You really do suck. Oh, and thanks for the list. Now I'm considering a detour through Ohio when I drive up to Wisconsin to visit my family in February. I just have to try and scrounge up about two grand as there's three guns on that list that I'd like to own.

    Thanks. He sold one earlier today, I didn't tell you guys about. A Marlin 1895 octagon, 40-60.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,509 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    OK..it's official...I hate you...

    Aw, shucks!
  • farm boyfarm boy Senior Member Posts: 987 Senior Member
    That is sweet, you scored big.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Nice rifle!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I do love those old guns!!!!!!!!!!!! good deal!
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 23,982 Senior Member
    :yousuck:
    A Veteran is someone that served in the Military, it does not matter where they served.
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,165 Senior Member
    Meh.





























    sorry, someone had to say it. Nice rifle. Seriously nice rifle. You did well.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 26,180 Senior Member
    You just snagged a very classic lever rifle! And it looks to be in very decent shootable condition. Since you plan on reloading for it, I'd advise you set up for lead bullets only. I'd expect it to have Ballard cut rifling, and that is really good for cast lead pills. Jacketed bullets will accelerate wear on the bore, as the steel isn't going to be as hard as after the turn of the century rifles. Don't know what year it was manufactured, so I'd be a little cautious with the jacketed bullets.
    If the U.S. Congress was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in under six months.



  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 10,305 Senior Member
    Seriously nice rifle! A little pittng is no major problem.
    Not too many problems you can't fix
    With a 1911 and a 30-06
  • wizard78wizard78 Senior Member Posts: 1,004 Senior Member
    Great find and great score. It was said before but worth saying again, YOU SUCK! Enjoy it.

    “When guns are outlawed, only patriots will have guns.”
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,073 Senior Member
    Great find!!! That's my kind of rifle. Now I need to find a lever 45/70 to suppliment all the single shots!!:worthy:
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,757 Senior Member
    That is REALLY nice. Congrats!
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • Medicine HatMedicine Hat Member Posts: 106 Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    That is REALLY nice. Congrats!
    Your Mo-Jo is really working overtime. Great rifle, great score.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,509 Senior Member
    Thanks, everyone.

    I'm pretty stoked. Can't wait to get some loads loaded up, get her back in action.

    Point taken, Mike. I plan on only using lead in this one. Hopefully, I can get set up casting soon, switch over all the big bores to lead.
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