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    Old Marlin .22 single shot bolt action

    Hello,

    First time poster here.

    My grandpa gave me the .22 he taught me to shoot on recently. It looks similar to the model 65 in this thread:
    http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/ri...s-roebuck.html

    However, it does not have a fancy stock like that one and it has an open-top where the bolt is inserted. It requires manual cocking for each shot by pulling back on a spring-loaded knob located it the back of the bolt group.

    The barrel is stamped "The Marlin Firearms Corporation. NEW HAVEN. CONN. U.S.A-PATENTED" in front of the rear site and "22 S-L & L-R" just behind and to the side of the rear site.

    I'll try to post pics when I can too.

    I'd like to get it restored to the original factory condition to show my grandpa before he passes away and need to know what that original factory condition would have been like.

    Thanks in advance for your time and help!

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    Could be a model 100 made from 1935-59 or 101 made from 1941-77. But will wait for pictures to say for sure.
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    NRA Life-Marlin league#16,Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem#68,32 Special#4, 45-70#28, 1894#94, 30-30#131, 39 #39, 38-55#39, X7#47, 60#120, Shotgun#3, 366-44#2, 44-40#37 , 22 Mag #006
    Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets. - Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69

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    IMG_2649.JPGIMG_2650.JPGIMG_2651.JPGIMG_2652.JPGIMG_2653.JPG

    Here are the pictures I finally got around to taking. Sorry for the delay. Also, I believe that my grandpa would have gotten this in the 20's, 30's, or 40's at the latest, with best guestimate being late 20's or early-mid 30's (in case that helps). Thanks again for your time and help!

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    And a few more... I can take more if a close-up is needed of any specific area or something, but I think these should pretty well cover it.

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    It is a Marlin 100 made between 1935-1938. Then starting in 1939 model had a different triggerguard and it looks like a different buttplate and different sights.
    Here is the Model 100 from the 1935 catalog and a Model 100 from the 1939 catalog. Marlin didn't start making bolt actions until 1935, so the 20's are out.
    And it wouldn't be a 101 because they would have Marlin Firearm Company on them, not Corporation.
    1935-38 Model 100Modle 100 1935.jpg 1939- Model 100 1939 Marlin 100.jpg
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    NRA Life-Marlin league#16,Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem#68,32 Special#4, 45-70#28, 1894#94, 30-30#131, 39 #39, 38-55#39, X7#47, 60#120, Shotgun#3, 366-44#2, 44-40#37 , 22 Mag #006
    Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets. - Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69

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    Awesome! Thank you so much for the info! I think I'll get the rifle refinished according to the description from the catalog and also print out that page from the catalog to have framed and maybe make a little mount for it or something.

    Do you have any additional tips on having it refinished that will help make it as close to factory-new/original as possible?

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    I normally would not refinish the gun. But a good cleaning might help. But it is your gun. So to start with the wood is going to be the easiest, but to get the metal back to original, is not.
    It will require removing all the dirt and rust and original finish that might be left.While trying not to remove the lettering or messing up the screw holes. Then you reblue it. The cold blues can look ok, but never as good a the original. So to get a decent job, you usually will have to have a gunsmith, how knows what he is doing to get it right. Let alone give it the same color as it originally had. Also to have it reblued will cost more than what the gun is
    worth. Unless you are going buy sentimental value, then spend what you want. But if you ever should want to sell it, don't expect to get your money back.

    Now if you just do the stock and only clean up the metal, that wont look right ether. So if it were me I would clean up the rust, do some spot bluing if needed. Then clean up the stock, to remove the old oils,
    that have darkened the wood. I use denatured alcohol, it might take several wipes and several rags. To get were you like it. As to finish, not sure if it was originally an rubbed on oil finish or a varnish.
    Might want to see if other members have an original to compare to.

    Then get some gun oil and if you can find it, some brass wool ( try a paint store ). If not that get some 0000 steel wool.
    Take the wool and the oil and little rub the metal. You only want to remove the rust. See what it looks like after that. And then go from there.

    Here is a spot that you can look over for more ideas. Do It Yourself Gunsmithing

    Hope this helps
    And what ever you decide to do, take pictures alone the way. It will help the next guy, with the same idea.
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    NRA Life-Marlin league#16,Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem#68,32 Special#4, 45-70#28, 1894#94, 30-30#131, 39 #39, 38-55#39, X7#47, 60#120, Shotgun#3, 366-44#2, 44-40#37 , 22 Mag #006
    Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets. - Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69

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    i just bought one just like it a few weeks ago , but the only markings on mine are ( ranger model 35 - .22 short , long , or longrifle ) no other stamps or markings on it at all -



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    There is a post showing that the Ranger was made for Sears, but it doesn't show the Model 35. But yours dos look like a Marlin 100.

    Marlin House-Brand listing
    NRA Life-Marlin league#16,Minnesota MarlinOwners--Team= Marlin Express, Levermatic, 35 Rem#68,32 Special#4, 45-70#28, 1894#94, 30-30#131, 39 #39, 38-55#39, X7#47, 60#120, Shotgun#3, 366-44#2, 44-40#37 , 22 Mag #006
    Finally an Updated Marlin Dates and Production sheets. - Marlin Model 32-38 Pump Project-LEVERMATIC Catalog pages 1955-69


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