Hi All, I recently bought a Marlin Model 1889 carbine made in 1891. It was missing a few small parts which I have already replaced, but my problem is that it is missing the buttstock and I am looking for some advice on the best way to replace it. I see two ways forward; The first would be to get a repro stock. After scouring the internet, I found many repro 1889 rifle stocks cut for the cresent buttplate but no carbine stocks. The second way would be to modify a stock (either original or repro) from another Marlin model. I have a buttstock to either a Marlin Model 1893 or 94 (not sure which) and it seems like all that would be needed to fit the 1889 would be to lengthen the lower tang mortise about 3/4th of an inch. I am capable of doing this well. Are any of the other models close? Another problem is finding a buttplate. I doubt that I'll find an original so I was wondering how close a Winchester Model 1892/94 carbine buttplate would be to the Marlin? Any insight would be appreciated.
Hey there jnz -- Welcome to Marlin Owners. Getting old wood squared away can be a tough one. You might drop your query down a couple notches to the collectors thread. There are some knowledgeable folks that could get you pointed in the right direction. I'm a pretty fair hand with the wood mechanics, but those folks have a way better handle on the historical part of things. Hope this helps. Best regards. Wind
Precision Gun Works has the butt plates and the stocks. I tried to go on their site and check on the carbine butt, but I couldn't get on. Check it out! I'm sure it gives the option for all three styles. These are semi inleted and require some work! Finding original parts in good shape would be tough.
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