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I posted on another thread that I may becoming into a 1893 30/30. Well, today I got it and need some help with dating it. The only numbers I can find on it are on the bottom of the receiver and it is D2XX. I tried a collector site some one else suggested but no results.

Also what ammo would you suggest using in it, and is it best to limit the amount of ammo fired thru it?

I wiil post pics soon.
 

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I just sold an 1893 32 HPS takedown with a "D" prefix serial number-I think we determined it to be made around 1917 give or take a year. Factory jacketed 30-30 ammo should work fine as the gun was designed for the high speed smokeless rounds that were available. If you reload your own, I would keep the loads under the max (just my opinion-I don't like to beat up my guns)!
 

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Maybe a year or two later than 1917 but right in that time frame.
 

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Thanks fellas.

One more question: I have read other posts where people say they use "cast" bullets, is cast just lead (non-jacketed) rounds?
 

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You can use either. Lead or jacketed.
 

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If it was made around that date, shouldn't the barrel be marked either special smokeless steel or black powder only?

Oh, I almost forgot. Go over to Marlin Collectors and post there. Reigner normally can tell you the DOM.

-Bob George
 

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Yes it is the smokeless barrel.

I will probably be asking a bunch of stupid questions being relatively new to Marlins. A dear friend recently passed and left me this 1893 and a Marlin 30as.
 
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