1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

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1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Sarge » 20 Nov 2020 19

The old Marlin 35 came home today. We are about the same age and both showing signs of hard use. It has the early flat-top rear sight, factory bead in good shape and Ballard cut barrel with nice crisp rifling. Pic could be better... I'll shoot it tomorrow if we get a break in the rain.

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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Mad Trapper » 20 Nov 2020 20

Very nice find.
And Ballard rifling to.
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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby GasGuzzler » 21 Nov 2020 05

I have a '51 model in .30-30 WIN, regular stock of course.

Very nice find!
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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Ranch Dog » 21 Nov 2020 07

I bet it shoots good! Is that a synthetic stock?
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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Sarge » 21 Nov 2020 07

No RD, it's the original wood. It could stand cleaning up but looks way better than the pic.

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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Sarge » 21 Nov 2020 11

I shot the old gun a few times this AM with 200 grain LeverEvolution. A minor sight adjustment put it in the middle of a 7" paper bowl at 100 yards. Casual shooting from sitting position suggests 2 MOA from this load and I generally shoot about twice as well from a rest. I really like it and here's a little better pic.

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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Archer » 21 Nov 2020 16

Now that second picture is MUCH better.
Sounds like you've got a good match with the ammo.
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Re: 1955 pre-Texan Marlin 35

Postby Missionary » 21 Nov 2020 19

Nice looking old Marlin !! Good to read it is shooting again.
We also have a couple from the early 50s that will never leave our roost.
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