Well it’s not as “absolutely pristine as I thought. With the exception of a SSN scribed next to the serial number and the sling stud 3” south of the bullseye, it’s pristine. I am definitely not as motivated as I was earlier. Deal breakers?
Dealer won’t budge on the price $649
It appears to be 1953, if it's the original lower tang. 1953, I think would still be a waffle top receiver? If so, is it drilled for a scope mount? If it's a drilled waffle top, then the price, IMHO, is a tad high. If it's not drilled & waffle top, grab it.
Ok, now that I’ve had time to really look her over and give her a nice coat of Ren Wax, she really is in exceptional condition for being 68 years old. She has just enough character to show me it’s not her first prom. Now for a new bullseye, brass, bullets and dies.
It’s not visible with the lever closed and I hit it with a little Perma Blue so it’s even less visible. Once I get a new bullseye, I’ll be content. However, since I work for a firearms/ammo manufacturer, I bet one of guys could probably do as you suggested.
Welcome from PA, that’s a nice find. I have three winchesters chambered in 32 W.S., so I’m always on the lookout for a Marlin to add to that collection.
This should all be in the archives section, but I believe 52 was the last year for the waffletops and 57 was the first year where they came drilled and tapped as a standard feature. However, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere that Marlin offered drilling and tapping as an option from 53 and on, I guess it would depend on the distributor to order it that way.