Well for almost 4 years of looking at old Marlins for sale on the on line auctions I see another price change happening. All of the best, correct Marlins with traces of case are selling in the upper 10 - 20,000 range! Were catchin up to the Winchester prices now. Leroy Mertz has some nice ones, if you have that kind of cash. Some of them don't look that good and they are still above GB prices!
Next is the correct guns with less finish. Two years ago they were a grand or so. Now asking prices are in the thousands.
I should have been buying these when I was a kid! Back in the 60's and 70's these old Marlins were dirt cheap!
Note these are asking prices, but it shows where the market is going.
Then theres the crappy looking one's all beat up and rough or modified some how. The asking prices on these rifles is about a grand now!
Who knows what the next few years will bring!!! Even vintage Lyman and Marbles sights that were made for Marlins are commanding high prices.
I would bet that most of all the surviving BEST Marlins are owned by buyers and sellers...even shooters that know exactly what theyre worth!
Get em while ya can boys! Soon they will be all unaffordable!
Well that's my take on it anyway! YMMV!
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I sure don't get anything close to those prices when I have sold some lately. I sold a Model '94 last month in .44-40, with 28" barrel, and excellent condition overall. About 20% case colors, so not really high case, and 95% bluing. Perfect wood, with lots of finish. Also had a nice Lyman tang sight, and it sold for $1500 at our local gun show.
Wish I could cash in on these huge prices. Where are these buyers when I sell?
Old Marlins, and Single Shot Rifles!
Lou- Do you see the same future for Marlins built in the 25-30 year period prior to 2008? These rifles aren't antiques, and they can still be found by a patient shopper, but they are distincitive because they are pre-Remington Marlins.
I suspect JM Marlins built prior to '08 will appreciate at a fairly good rate. Do you see it that way?
Last edited by SwampDude; 08-05-2012 at 11:33 PM.
Prices are already climbing on the newer Marlins made before the Remington take over. The days of finding a $150 - $200 dollar 336 in a pawn shop are pretty much over. I've got a 1982 vintage 1894 Carbine in 357 with a cut down buttstock that I overpaid $250 for 10 years ago and could probably double my money on it now. I would still feel like I could have done a lot better because the 357s are a hot item. Any modern levergun in 357 is bringing a premium now.
Marlins in 44-40. Whacking varmits since 1888
KevinC200M hang in there...hope you find your 45 colt!
Marlinman93 just keep me in mind next time!
SwampDude your right! The JM Marlins will bring good money and even more in time to come.
44-40 Willy those .357's are a sweet little carbine. Funny how certain models have a following. I just doubt I will live long enough to ever double my money! Ha! LoL! No matter. I'd rather play with them anyway!
This one is a shooter and not going anywhere. I got from a cousin who killed 2-3 deer annually with it until her husband got tired of her showing him up deer hunting. She sold it to me to keep peace in the family. I gave her more than I thought it was worth at the time with that shortened up stock (she's 4'11") because of the family history on the gun. Besides, if I was to sell it, Mrs Willy would skin me alive as she's got the idea that it's hers when I paid for it with my money. Funny how that sort of thing works out. One of these days though, I'm going to get around to replacing that stock on it.
Marlins in 44-40. Whacking varmits since 1888
On line dealers and Leroy Merz are putting all sorts of ridiculous prices, on their stuff. I don't see anyone bidding on, hitting blind reserves, or paying the over inflated prices. The non-reserve auctions, realistic priced auctions, and penny auctions are all selling, with real world closing prices. Who in their right mind is going to pay $1300 for a Model 20, from Leroy?
Actually I think Winchester have been inflated for years. Fine Rifles, but from a function standpoint I think Marlin had them beat.
BUT do love them 1886's and 1892's
Prices going up? Back around the summer of '65 I bought an absolutely new 1889 38-40 rifle - deluxe - for $35 from a man I met in a delicatessen! That's a whole story in itself - for another time...
The short (you know what I mean) 1894 SRC 44-40 I'm holding in the picture below cost me the most I ever spent on an early Marlin. I traded it for a new 94 Winchester (one of the first post-'64 guns) which set me back 109 bucks. The Marlins leaning aganst the cabin include (usual order) an 1893 SRC 38-55 - $35 through Shotgun News; an 1894 28" TD in 25-20 - $40 at a gun shop; an 1881 45 Govt with double set triggers - $75 at a NJACC meeting; and an 1893 32" 32-40 with tang sight, part round/part octagon barrel - $35 through Shotgun News. Being able to buy and sell long guns through the mail really made accumulating some neat stuff easy.
Too bad you young guys have to deal with GCA 68 and the internet...