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Have any of you seen a Marlin with a two-toned finish, IE: bolt and receiver different? I recall seeing one 1893, in person, and a few in photos that exhibited the aforementioned finish combination. These weren't high grade guns, just standard rifles. I knew a salty old gunsmith on Whidbey Island that told me that it was common many years ago. He may have been referring to refinished rifles, though, I don't recall.
 

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In the later years, say around early 1900's to mid 1930's, many of the model 1893 and 1894 Marlins had a blued bolt and a casehardened receiver. I have a 1894 in .44-40 from the early 1920's, and it is made this way. I see more 1894, and '94 Marlins made this way, than 1893/'93 models.
 
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