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    Need help with Marlin 1887 Revolver value.

    I have a chance to do some trading for a Marlin 1887 revolver, and I am looking for what it's value is.

    It appears to be a 2nd variation, serial 89xx, with original grips. Nickel plated with about 65-70% nickel left.
    It's a shooter. I have no pics to post.

    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Last edited by Okie4Life; 01-15-2012 at 10:51 AM.

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    I payed $459 for mine, and saw others going for twice as much, that were in worse shape. Mine is the 1st variation.Ser# 16xxMarlin 1887 Pic 3.jpgMarlin 1887 Pic 1.jpg

    P.S. If the main spring is broken, you can use a S&W double action spring to replace it. And maybe other parts, but that is the only part that I needed so far.
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    I have a 1889 nickel with wood grips looks like new
    Picked it up at a gun shop for $375.00DSC02165.JPGserial number is 50XX
    I have seen them up to $600.00 ++ at shows ..
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    What caliber/calibers were these offered in ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ia1727 View Post
    What caliber/calibers were these offered in ?

    Steve
    32 and 38 S&W. Mine is a 38.
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    Mine is also 38 S&W
    I have two older top breaks in 32 rim fire..
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    Thanks for the help guys. Really nice revolvers.

    The one I am trading for isn't that nice but, I think it's worth what I am getting it for. (Under $300 with ammo)
    I'll post pics when I get it, and you can let me know what you think.

    It's my understanding that it is ok to shoot modern factory 38 S&W ammo in the older guns since they are mild loads.
    What is your opinion on using modern ammo in these?

    I definately plan on shooting it, as long as it is in good condition, and I am getting 200 rounds of ammo with it.

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    Hope this is useful to someone..

    For what it's worth, I paid about $120 for mine in '06 at a show in PA. This may have been the current value (I thought I paid about the normal rate for a fairly decent non-S&W top-break) but there was less data on them then than now. Also, the seller thought that the action needed some serious work because the trigger "sometimes" didn't reset. I figured correctly that all it needed to cure this was some fresh oil. Works great and reliably now. I happen to know that the next number up was all-blued: These don't turn up too often, but the first one I encountered when looking for more information just happened to be it's immediate sibling. The seller wanted about $200-odd or maybe less. I can't remember for sure, only that it was a bit more than I paid for mine. And when I came across this post topic via Google, I saw that a Marlin 1887 Revolver had recently sold for over $1,000 which seems a bit extreme. I'd sell mine for half that any day.

    Mine is serial number is 135xx. What year/series was that? Nickel plated frame, barrel and cylinder with blued trigger guard and frame latch, color case trigger and hammer. Gutta percha grips that would be almost new if it weren't for an unfortunate chip behind the left panel where the pin engages on the bottom, looking at it normally, you can't see it. You can only really see it when you flip it over to see the serial number on the butt.

    The nickel plating is worn here and there, but there's no flaking. There's numerous little dings and scratches, but nothing too severe. All the parts are there and it generally works. The bore and chambers are surprisingly clean, very-good or better (excellent?). The action could use some gunsmith work to tighten-up but I think it could still be shot a few times without any great danger. It's merely the going cost of .38 S&W that has kept me from trying it out - I remembered when it was common and cheap otherwise I'd have not bothered with such an "enthusiast" caliber arm.

    I'm actually at a crossroad between selling it and keeping it and having it restored one day to pristine (or close to). I'd gladly sell it if it's worth it to me. Anyone know of the ideal place to sell a shoot-able Marlin 1887 for an honorable price? I have no experience with selling at shows, just buying. And now that I live in CT, there's only 2-3 shows per year and I haven't heard much good about them. TIA.

    Adam

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    Quote Originally Posted by retroflow View Post
    Mine is serial number is 135xx. What year/series was that?
    Adam
    First as to series, about the first 2000 had a hinge that was the same as the S&W. After that marlin came up with there own patented. You will see a screw on the side of the hinge, this is the second series.

    Next there was around 15000 made from 1887-1899. So yours should be late 1898 to 99.
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    Here are a few pics I took of the old gal.

    Second Variation - Serial # 8956
    1887 Marlin - 3.jpg 1887 Marlin - 2.jpg 1887 Marlin - 1.jpg
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