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    Model 55 bolt action 12 gauge

    Found a nice Marlin model 55 12 ga bolt action with 24-26"(guess I did'nt measure)bbl and a poly choke.No serial number or suffix after 55 on the gun.In really nice shape.Guess on age and value please.
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    Re: Model 55 bolt action 12 gauge

    Well, I guess nobody really knows. Mod 55s were made for a while and, since they were relatively cheap shotguns, they didn't have serial numbers, until sometime in the 70's when the govmnt required it. Is the barrel marked for 3" shells? I bought one in 70 and it was suppose to chamber 3" shells, but the barrel wasn't marked so - I got it through a executive at Marlin and he said that it would shoot 3" - the magazine holds them. Best that I can say is that your shotgun is from the early 70's or 60's
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    Re: Model 55 bolt action 12 gauge

    Serial numbers weren't required before the 1968 Gun Control Act, so lack of a serial number isn't a big deal except for the fact that it's almost impossible to pin down a build date. The basic Model 55 Hunter was made from 1954-1965, with either full or adjustable choke. It sounds like that's the one you have although the standard barrel length was 28" on that model. Standard value in in the $100-125 range. There isn't a whole lot of demand for bolt action shotguns and they were built to be used, not admired.

    I have a Glenfield 55G and it's become my trap gun. It raises a lot of eyebrows at the range, but I do rather well with it. It makes a great understudy for rapid bolt action shooting.
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