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    Could it possibly be a Turnbull Restoration? It looks to be nicely done whoever did it.

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    I'll be different and say it's a model 1881.. mmm... Let's go with 40-65. Edited to add:. Yeah, I might've bothered to look at the pictures more carefully *blush* yep 1888 in 44-40. This is the only model year I don't have and I am trying to hunt one down that's in decent shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sicesp View Post
    I'll be different and say it's a model 1881.. mmm... Let's go with 40-65. Edited to add:. Yeah, I might've bothered to look at the pictures more carefully *blush* yep 1888 in 44-40. This is the only model year I don't have and I am trying to hunt one down that's in decent shape.
    They are the hardest model to find And most have seen hard use. I sold a 32 caliber a few years ago for 800 that was in decent shape. I replaced it with a much nicer one. The 44s bring the most! Good luck hunting for one! They Show up when you least expect it

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    If you plan on shooting it a bore slug is recommended. My first year 1889 in 44W measures .4345. It will chamber notjhing larger than .433.
    Both of my 1889 32-20's I've restored and CC the parts and receivers as neither were original when they came to me so I'm not offended by the CC as it lets one know that it's refinished and not original. As CC was offered , I'd leave it and admire what a special order looks like.
    Nice looking rifle it would be interesting to learn more about it's family history.

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    Beautiful rifle! I have one in 38 Marlin (38-40) but nowhere near as nice. It had a broken extractor and I found out where to send it on this forum, thanks Big Al1! It also had been reblued but nowhere's near the quality of yours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostwalker54 View Post
    Could it possibly be a Turnbull Restoration? It looks to be nicely done whoever did it.
    No, not a Turnbull restoration.
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    Last of the Mohicans!

    Nice 1888 Marlin lever gun! And in 44-40 WCF caliber. If the bore is as nice as the exterior it should shoot like it has eyes! Marlin made one of the most expensive rifles when they made the 1881 in 32-40, 38-55 WCF, 40-60 Marlin, 45-70 Govt, and 45-85 Marlin. They cost $32.50 The factory made 20,000 rifles from 1881 to 1892 Marlin was way ahead of Winchester that did not bring out their big caliber high strength Model 1886 in 1886. The 1881 was a top eject. Then to complement their line they made the 1888 in pistol cartridges: 32-20 WCF, 38-40 WCF, & 44-40 WCF. This model was also a top eject. The 1888 was only made for two years. only 4,800 were produced. The Model 1889 was the new design side eject that set the stage for Marlin. They even added 25-20 WCF to the caliber availability. 25-20's are hard to find! the factory produced 55,000 Model 1889's till Marlin started manufacturing the 1894.

    I took a photo of my 1889. It is 38-40 WCF and is a great shooter! If you look closely you will see the similarities between your 1888 and the 1889. But the most striking change was the side eject! You have a nice scarce Marlin. Your father will be proud that you treasure his rifle!
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