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Slide action, bottom eject.
The guy dont know anything else about it.
Does this sound like something worth persuing
Its complete, and the finish is ok but not great.
Thanks...mike
 

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If it ejects out the bottom, it isn't a Marlin - all the hammer pumps ejected from the side. They load from the bottom, though.

But let's proceed like it's a Marlin model 17. These were made from 1906 to 1907. Marlin's shotguns went through an evolutoinary process in those years, and you will find Model 17, 17S and 17G. These differ only in subtle internal improvements. There was a Grade A - 30 or 32" bbl with a full choke - A Brush model with a 26" cyl bore and a Riot model with a 20" cyl bore bbl.

These are solid frame only with no take-down provision. You don't mention a price, but generally speaking, unaltered specimens are worth buying if the cost is not too high. SW
 

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redshirt said:
Slide action, bottom eject.
The guy dont know anything else about it.
Does this sound like something worth persuing
Its complete, and the finish is ok but not great.
Thanks...mike
Model 17 is a Remington®; was the precursor to the Ithaca® Mdl 37.
 

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would this have value beyond being a good shooter?
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redshirt said:
would this have value beyond being a good shooter?
thanks...mike
Would have to see the gun to tell. If it's a 16 or 20ga it's worth 15-20% more than a 12 Ga.
 

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Mike,

If you're thinking of buying it, closely inspect the cartridge lifter. On this model, it has a tendency to wear to the point of not working. It has intricate surfaces, and replacements are very hard to find. SW
 

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thanks for that
what kind of wear am i lookin for?
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Mike,

It's difficult to describe. The ones I've seen that wouldn't work showed obvious wear. One way to be sure would be to use a couple dummy rounds for a function test.
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If you are going to really find out if this shotgun is safe to fire you will need to disassemble it. The locking bolt lug located on top of the locking bolt that ingages the firinging pin need to be looked for ware, the locking bolt also set the head space, the safety recoil block need to fuction. There is a download on the web that you can search for that has functions that it will take you through to determin if the shotgun is safe to shoot, search for Marlin 1898 and you can print it out.


Good luck


Emmett
 
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