OK, let's try another one! Met a guy at a gun show who has a model 1894 from the late 1800's from the look. The gun is straight gripped, checkered, and marked "Model 1894" on the top tang. Buttplate is a stamped steel "S" type. Gun looks near pefect on the metal, with brilliant case colors, and rust blue. The checkering is 18LPI (lines per inch) and the barrel is marked Marlin Firearms Corporation, in a 20" round. Caliber is .25-20.