SOLD FOR: $1091
Serial Number: D343
Year of Manufacture: 1947, C&R (D Prefix)
Caliber: .30-30 Winchester
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW-HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / PATENTED OCT. 11. 1887. APRIL 2. 1889. AUG. 1. 1893” and “30-30.” at the receiver. The left shoulder of the barrel next to the rear sight is marked “SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL”. The top of the receiver is marked “MARLIN SAFETY”. The upper tang is marked “MODEL / <-1893->”. The bottom of the receiver is marked with the serial number “D343”
Barrel Length: 26″ Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a forward sloping blade slotted in a base that is dovetailed to the receiver. The rear sight is a buckhorn with a U-notch and an elevator piece that is dovetailed to the barrel. The upper tang is drilled, tapped and filled in two places for the installation of a tang sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm, straight grip, straight comb, and a crescent steel buttplate. The stocks have evenly scattered compressions, draglines, dings, and scratches. There is considerable play between the forearm and the barrel. There are no visible chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows scattered minor oxidation with light pitting. The stocks rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark with erosion throughout. The rifling is defined. There is an M.E. of 1.9.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its current metal finish. There is scattered light erosion and pitting under the finish on the barrel, magazine tube, and the left side of the receiver. The case coloring on the sides of the receiver is strong but has mostly gone mute on the lever. There are scattered little dings and scratches about the metal, mostly on the barrel though. The screw heads are slightly disfigured with serviceable slots. The markings are legible. Overall, this gun rates in about Good-Very Good condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is the first rifle Marlin designed for, then new, smokeless powder cartridges. Marlin christened the improved lever-action Model 1893, and offered it as a rifle or a saddle-ring carbine, both featuring case hardened receivers and sporting blued Ballard match-grade barrels. In 1895, Marlin began chambering its Model 1893 for smokeless powder cartridges, including .30-30 Winchester as seen here. This example retains about 85% of its refinish and the mechanics are sound. This would make for a nice collection piece. Please see our photos and good luck!