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I have a 1889 Marlin Lever action rifle shipped in 1890. Octagonal Barrel. It is in outstanding shape. I am questioning the series of very small holes drilled thru the end of the barrel. See attached photo. 14 holes on each side and on the top of barrel. All the same size and spacing. Small enough so that only a paper clip will fit thru there. Are these porting holes? or is there another reason they are there?
 

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Seems like it to me.
Have you shot rifle and does it affect the way it shoots?

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That is different. Try it might work and not effect anything. Getting those holes deburred furthest from the muzzle would have been a chore.
If it does not shoot in that condition and you want to have the barrel lined.
 

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Wow, never seen that. You did say thru the barrel... both sides? Go shot it a bit and let us know what happens.
 
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