That really is very nice Don.The wood is beautiful isn't it? Here's a question.... The receiver looks to be blued rather than case coloured but so does the lever. I couldn't really see the hammer properly and the buttplate isn't visible. I know you could special order these 'smokeless steel' 1893's to have a blued receiver rather than a case coloured one but it was my impression that the lever, hammer and buttplate were all left case coloured even if the receiver was blued. Can you help me out here ?
smithywess,This rifle looks like the receiver was cold blued at one time, now its just a grey color all over. :-[, it has been messed with . the buttplate is silvery, its a good functioning rifle in a kinda rare caliber. Don
Wish Marlin records were better, so we could see if it was special ordered with higher grade wood, or just happened to slip by with hgih grade wood. That's a really pretty stock, and a great looking gun!
"or just happened to slip by with hgih grade wood"
Even today you can find Marlins with a higher grade of walnut for sale. I bought a nice Marlin Model 881 in .22 caliber because of the fancy wood it had. I guess when you buy in bulk like Marlin does you occasionally get a high grade of wood.