Purchased a model 1898 with the factory engraving on it from a yard sale and I want to restore it. It is missing the checked wood forearm and wondering if anyone knows where I could get one. Also, any idea on the manufacture date - the serial numbers are 16341 F and 18341.
I just visited the big gun auction site and did a search for Marlin 1898. You will find your forearm slide and a nice buttstock. There is no forearm wood listed. However, there are a few full shotguns for some pretty low prices. If you're serious about the project, you could buy one of those, have the forearm copied, then resell it. Alternatively, you could keep checking various internet sites for as long as it takes to find one.