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Hello!
A friend of mine in Germany (not speaking English) needs your help:
He can buy a Marlin 91, serial number with four digits,
stock with pistol grip, barrel half octagonal to round, original
tang sight, and short mag-tube (NOT full length).
Now, please listen:
The caliber is only stamped with .22
Is these caliber (or cartridge) the same as our modern 22 long rifle?
Or has this rifle to be silent, because there is no ammo available?
Thank you very much for your reply!
 

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1891 ammo

Ulrik,

The main ammunition to avoid here is 'hi-speed' 22 long rifle. The bolt of the older Marlin 22 lever-actions has a cut that makes them weak. In other words, if you fire an 1891 Marlin with the more powerful 22 ammo, the bolt will very likely break.

Suitable ammunition for the older lever-actions would be 22 short, 22 CB cap, or 22 long. I have heard of people shooting 22 long rifle sub-sonic ammo in their old rifles but have not done it myself. I'm sure some other members will have further comments on that.

It sounds like you friend has found a very nice old Marlin!

Best regards,

Steve W
 

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I assume the German proof house stamped the ".22" on this gun, as Marlin never marked the caliber on the model 91 anywhere. A half round, half magazine model 1891 is a very rare gun, and quite desireable! Sounds like a great gun!
 

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Hi!
Thank you very much for all replies!
They are very helpful for my friend, and- yes- as he also supposed- this Marlin is indeed a rare model.
My friend will be glad, now knowing, he will be able to fire this fine gun, because ammo for it is still available!
 
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