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I am helping a friend's widow move a number of items he had accumulated over the years. I have three Marlin barrels, one of which is a .38-55, which this thread is all about.
Additional information on the barrel:
On the left side of the barrel, from the top, are three lines of data:
--Marlin Firearms Co. NEW HAVEN, CT. U.S.A.---
--PAT'D OCT 11, 1887,APRIL 2, 1889,AUG 1, 1893.--
<>SPECIAL SMOKELESS STEEL<> note: this line is larger than the other two; the first letter is larger font on each word; the Italics is backward leaning.
The barrel doesn't have a rear sight.
On the heavy paper tube it and the associated magazine tube are in it has that they go to a Model 36 or 336.
The barrel is 20 inches in length and the magazine tube goes almost to the end of the barrel.
There is no rear sight on the barrel and the insert in the front sight ramp is missing.
There is band marks just behind the front sight ramp and about 1-inch forward of the writing.
Can anyone verify that this goes in the Model 36 or 336?
The only gun I see this cartridge in is the 336 Cowboy Model (looking in Blue Book of Gun Values).
In older guns it came in the 1893, also? I'll take all the help I can get.
Thank you.
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It should fit all 1893's, 93's, 1936's, 36's, and 336's. That have the square threads. It will not fit the later XLR's that have the V threads. This barrel was originally off of a 1893 or 93.
 

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There were no 336 Cowboy models with a 20" barrel though. If the barrel is octagon, I think it has to be from a Model 1893. If I understand Brophy's book, the '93 was not offered with octagon barrels. Also I think the special smokeless steel roll marks points to a Model 1893 as well.

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It sounds like a 1893/93 carbine barrel, you stated it has marks from a barrel band, rifles didn't have bands and also the sight ramp would also be a carbine
 

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That barrel pre-dates the 336 or 36 by a few decades probably.
The special smokeless steel marked barrels were common late 1800's through early 1900's
Plus you have to account for the level of service back then was perfect.
If you wanted something and had the money for it you could get it from almost any maker.
But the 1893 is where I would be betting my money on. Also the value is only what someone is willing to pay.
Your best bet for prices is to look at period type collectors who would need a period correct barrel for their firearm.
Just my thought but someone with more knowledge than myself will probably school me and everyone and more power to em I am always willing to learn and expand beyond what I thought was correct.
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There were no 336 Cowboy models with a 20" barrel though. If the barrel is octagon, I think it has to be from a Model 1893. If I understand Brophy's book, the '93 was not offered with octagon barrels. Also I think the special smokeless steel roll marks points to a Model 1893 as well.

-Bob
It is round, tapered barrel.
 

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Sounds modified if it says Special Smokeless Steel and has a dovetail ramp. Don't remember seeing front sight ramps from the factory until maybe the 40's?
 

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Photos of note:
1664 Special Smokless.JPG 1666 Pat'd line.JPG 1665 Marlin line.JPG 1650 F sight.JPG 1653 Threads.JPG
The photos include the three rows stamped by Marlin, the front sight ramp, and the threads for you to be sure this will fit your rifle.
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It is originally from a 1893,93. Someone has added the front sight ramp. But still will work.
 

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If the original barrel length was 26 inches and then cut to 20 the ramp may be required to get a front sight tall enough to keep it on target at ranges under 100 yards. The shorter barrel would require a taller front sight. Just my 2 cents. Shenandoah
 
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Howdy Grampa
If I am understanding.. "you want to move this barrel and others". You would be better to start a thread down in the Marlin Parts section way down the screen towards the bottom.
 

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Howdy Grampa
If I am understanding.. "you want to move this barrel and others". You would be better to start a thread down in the Marlin Parts section way down the screen towards the bottom.
Missionary,
Grampa's problem with that idea is that he does not have enough posts to sell just yet.
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Howdy Grampa
If I am understanding.. "you want to move this barrel and others". You would be better to start a thread down in the Marlin Parts section way down the screen towards the bottom.
Thanks, will do that as soon as I get prices for everything. Not all the barrels are Marlin so I will post them elsewhere.
 
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