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    Marlin camp 9 opportunity

    So I been kicking around getting a camp 9 for some time..the last few months, I've been watching them on gunbroker and armslist in my area. All the listing state, rare hard to find rifle, etc, etc..prices are $650 to $900. Somechave the box and papers, but most are just the rifle with at least one mag. So here is my dillema: one that was listed on gunbroker four times, reserve not met at the lowest offer of one at 335 and the highest at 450. I found out its listed at a shop about an hour from me..so last weekend my wife and I went and looked at it. The wood is pretty good, and the bluing is in good shape, with no visible rust. It has one mag, an orange front post. I cycled the action open and it's pretty dry. The feed ramp had build up on it along with the bolt. I asked if the spring and buffer had been replaced and he said he would ask the owner and get back to me. I found replacement spring and buffer if needed. Would $450 be a good price not knowing the condition of the internals and if the rifle works? If I can get it for that? I know they are discontinued since 1999, so parts are not sitting on shelves. I did look up brownells and numrich. I own several vintage JM rifles.Honest opinions would be great. Thanks in advance
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    Well it's a good price even if the spring and buffer needs changing! Here locally somebody wants $800 firm for his.

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    It does seem like a great price, just scratching my head it was listed multiple times and high bid was $450, reserve not met. The $800 you mentioned is probably the higher end, but someone has to be willing to pay that..I saw one on gunbroker, like pretty much new, with all the factory papers. Box, tags, everthing. Think it was sitting at $900, but I believe it didnt sell either. Love shooting 9mm and this is a classic rifle!

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    If a 9mm carbine is an itch you must scratch why not the Ruger 9mm carbine?
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    All that I've seen on the auction sites have gone $550 and up. The $550 one had a cracked stock too. Had one at the LGS on consignment here last fall that was well worn but all there and the owner wouldn't take anything less than $700.
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    I am really not sold on the looks of the ruger. Held one at the store, just not for me. I have an AR dedicated in 9mm, love it. Like the looks of the camp 9. Will fit in with my other classic Marlins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitetrain View Post
    I am really not sold on the looks of the ruger. Held one at the store, just not for me. I have an AR dedicated in 9mm, love it. Like the looks of the camp 9. Will fit in with my other classic Marlins.
    I too like the looks of the Marlin over the Ruger. I will say thoughI am sure the Ruger Carbine is a quality weapon.
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    I bought a Marlin Camp 9 about 8 years ago. Paid $300 for it. I had to replace the buffer pad. Other than that, it's been in the safe since I bought. it. I've never even shot it.

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    I have two Ruger PC9s, both of which were made in 1997, so they're the older versions. Personally, I think they're good-looking little carbines. And they shoot very well. I have thought maybe trading one for one of the re-released versions, but I'm not big on "takedown" guns as I just can help but be concerned with consistency in terms of accuracy.

    One thing I will say about Ruger is that their auto-loaders work, and they work well. If you want a fun gun to shoot, I strongly recommend finding an old Ruger model 44RS. Looks similar to a 10/22, but chambered in .44mag. The original models were called the "Deerslayer." Great gun, but certainly far more expensive to shoot than the 9mm, unfortunately.
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    A friend of mine for the equivalent $450 (trade plus cash) last year. It had four magazines (2 high capacity), a cheap Tasco red-dot sight, and a fixed (previously a folder) Ramline stock, along with the factory hardwood stock (never fired). It also needed some work and some parts replaced.

    So, $450 for one in decent shape seems to be a decent price, to me anyway.


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