I inherited a marlin 44-40 and would like a little information about it. Its my favorite rifle except for the fact that I cant find ammo for it. It is a lever action with a 23" octagonal barrel. the tube below falls just short of the end of the barrel. In front of the rear site the roll stamp says Marlin Fire-Arms co. New-Haven. Ct, USA. The second line is Patented. Oct. 11.1887.april.2.1889. August 1.1893. On the top of the barrel behind the rear sight it is stamped with a 44 40. Behind the hammer it says Marlin Model 94, and under the rifle it says 1174 where the wood meets the metal in front of the lever. I'll try to get some pics of it, but have looked everywhere for the past few weeks with no luck. Hope you all can help, and thank you in advance for your time. Oh and there a star stamped in front of the screw behind the model 94 stamp.