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Posted: 10/27/2010 4:44:28 PM EDT
Just bought this Marlin, have yet to receive it.  Any ideas on what t may be worth?  Im told its a 1906, original wood, half octagonal, half round barrel.  Im looking to do a full restoration on it but dont want to if its pretty rare or worth a lot as is.  Thanks!

Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:04:31 PM EDT
Judging it from the outside condition alone, your looking at $300 to $400 dollars.  If the bore is a sewer pipe, your looking at less.  You do however have 1 special order feature which is the half oct/ half round barrel.  The front sight also happens to look like a Rocky Mountain blade.  If she still shoots straight, I would leave it alone.  I good restoration (done right) would run you around $1K for metal and wood.  If the bore needs to be relined, your looking at another couple hundred.  If its complete and still shoots, I would say leave it alone and enjoy the character of it.  You have alot of histroy in your hands.  If you feel like dropping some coin into it, I would suggest Doug Turnbull or Hunter Restorations.  I had Hunter do a 76 Win for me and he is good and affordable.  If you choose to go another route on a restoration, DO YOUR HOMEWORK.    Too many people out there that will look cheap, but do a shit job.
Link Posted: 10/27/2010 7:14:33 PM EDT
Thanks for the info.  Pretty much on par with what im hearing on other sites.  Im looking to do most of the work myself, with the exception of bluing, color case hardening.  That alone wont be cheap to have it done well.  Granted Im not on par with those guys but it should turn out pretty well and will be a lot more satisfying for me.  Bought it for a project gun.  I personally HATE the look of the half octagon barrel but will probably keep it because of its scarcity or re barrel it.  Looking at The Firing Pin for case hardening and slow rust bluing.  Not cheap but seems to have good reviews and I like how his CCH turns out.  Should make a great companion to my new 1897 Cowboy, but with a lot more character.

The Firing Pin
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