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    Marlin 1892 22 identification

    Hi I have a 1899 marlin 1892. I’m trying to find a complete magazine assembly.... but ran into a odd dilemma. It’s a round barrel with 2 dovetails under the muzzle. Has anyone seen this before
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    Congrats on your first post! Just a wild guess, but my Model 1893 (made in 1893) was re-barreled, probably in the 40's with a model 36 barrel. It has an extra dovetail. I have read that this was common on rifles that the barrel had been shot out, or corroded due to black powder. Probably not an issue on the 22's but have no other even close explanation. Someone should come along with a much better answer than mine.
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    Makes sense. Thank you for the response. Follow up would a 36 barrel have the caliber marked? This one does not

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    Something is amiss there. The rear dovetail location would be the correct position for an 1892, as they had the mag tube hanger farther back. But the front location is not correct for the gun, but might be a newer barrel installed on it. The mag tube also looks incorrect for an 1892 from the little bit I can see in your picture.
    Can you tell us what the markings are on the barrel rollstamp? I'm guessing this has had some parts swapped, and an original mag tube might not fix it. But even if it could fix it, they are extremely rare, and often cost more than a decent gun when one shows up.

    Wisners sells a replacement tube to make these early Marlins work like newer 39a tubes do. It's a good fix, and a bunch cheaper. Takes some minor fitting to make it work.

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    The markings I can find include:
    • "176679" forward of the trigger/lever action area
    •"Marlin Safety" on top of the receiver
    •"Model 1892" rear of the hammer
    •"Marlin Fire-Arms Co. New Haven, CT. U.S.A.
    Pat'd Nov. 19. 1878. April. 2. 1889. Aug. 12. 1890. March. 1. 1892." on top of the barrel

    There are no caliber markings.,I’m posting all the pictures I have

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    Those barrel marking would make it an original 1892 barrel. But the extra dovetail, and magazine tube are not correct. Considering the condition, I wouldn't put much money into it, and would make sure everything in the action functions perfectly before spending any more money elsewhere. These old guns can become money pits quickly, and often it's better to sell a gun that has a poor bore, and missing parts, and use those funds towards a better condition gun. It will save money in the long run, as often a complete shooting gun costs less than getting a rough one working well.
    If the bore isn't great on your gun, I'd hesitate to put anymore money into the rest of the gun.
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    Couldn’t agree more with MM. Unless the gun has some special sentimental value , the $ needed to get them going is usually not a good investment. Might be worth much more as a parts gun, especially if the bore is toast.
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    Thank you everyone for the suggestions and advice. Have an update: after reading posts I decided to diassameble and inspect parts. Everything is good working condition internally. Out side is trashed. I did the old string trigger test and fired 3 shots... seems to function fine as a single shot ( getting rounds in chamber was the challenge). Bought this at a estate sale so no sentimental value. Planned to refinish it myself or use as a wall hanger. Know that I know it fires I’ll just put some spare sights on it and a weisners tube and be done.
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