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  1. Ballard Rifling vs Microgroove

    Marlin started using Microgroove rifling in the early 50's and before that they used Ballard rifling. As I understand the Microgroove was cheaper and easier to manufacture, plus it made the rifles more accurate. Ballard rifling featured fewer grooves but they were more deeply cut into the...
  2. Help ID my Ballard

    Sporting/Target and Single Shot Rifles
    Hello, I'm new to the forum and I know this is a tough question without pics - hope to have some tomorrow. I just came in to a Ballard 22 but it doesn't fit any description Ive seen of Ballards. It has a 31xxx serial so it's a later gun. the Action appears to be a #3 gallery - it has the...
  3. Newbie Marlin Ballard owner

    Marlin Collectors
    I happened upon this site while searching for information on a rifle that my Dad and I picked up at a show last week. It is a Marlin Ballard, serial number 35XXX. The barrel is 30" long, tapered octagon and it is 45-70. I am pretty sure that the sights are not original and would like help...
  4. Ballard/Marlin Question

    Marlin Collectors
    I am trying to confirm the model, year and calibre of this rifle. With recent posts and info on the web I believe it to be a Ballard No. 5 Pacific which may be a .40-63 calibre. It has a 5 digit serial number and in the lower half of the 5 digit spectrum. Would anyone have any info on this...
  5. Help needed: Marlin/Ballard Rifle

    Marlin Collectors
    Hello, I was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me exactly what this rifle is, when it was made, it's value, and anything that should/shouldn't be done to protect it's value. I recieved the gun from my grandfather whogot the gun from his uncle. I don't know much more history of the gun...