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Mike, The 1895's had a reverse curve in the forearm, and the top of the bolt had a hole in it where you could see the firing pin with two letters to say cocked or fired ,the 1899's had a little lever on the bolt top to tell if it was cocked or not. the barrels on the 1895's said Savage repeating arms co. also the serial numbers ran from a little over 3000 to a little over 8000.they also had the long cheek pads on the buttstock. The 1899's started at 10,000. Don
 

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Don, those are some very nice Savages. I have an 1895 myself that is not to bad of shape and I guess it was made in the middle of the production run with serial 5091. My earliest 1899 is 1266X. I don't know if that is a first year or not. It does have a JM barrel on it so Marlin was still supplying parts to Savage.

I would have to say my other rare or scarce Marlins would be my Model 1895 carbine, Model 1895 rifle with a 20" octagon barrel and my Model 32. Also I did not realize the prices they are getting for the 336 Cowboy in 38-55. I have seen them reported that they have been selling well above a $1000.
 

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Parley, a 1894D Cowboy Carbine Limited in 44-40 (limited run of 325 in 2000 and the last 44-40s built by Marlin) sold for over $1200 several months ago. Those Cowboy rifles can bring in some money.
 

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There were a few 1899's with marlin barrels, they were definitely parts use up ! barrels made for the 1899's were marked savage arms co. instead of savage repeating arms co. i have a deluxe 1899 rifle s/n around 18.xxx that has a savage repeating arms hard rubber buttplate, those are extremely rare. i'm pretty sure savage just used up any marlin parts whenever. Don
 

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Halwg said:
I'd be drilling and tapping those bad boys and installing 6-18X50 scopes! ;D
Tsk, tsk, if we didn't know you better, Hal....

Loggah, thanks so much for sharing your collection with us. I knew nothing about the Savage 1895's until I saw your post --- now I'm interested in reading some more about the.
 

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If looked at from a gunsmith perspective, of a high velocity round, (compared to the vintage rounds) and over all simplicity of a lever gun, (in comparison to "improved" lever guns such as the 71 Win, or the 55 Win), the 99 was a trip to Mars, compared to a trip to CA in a covered wagon. ;D

I have worked on actually very few, as the design is so simple, little major ever goes wrong, but from the old ones, to the ones made more recently, the changes are very few, the design was that well thought out.

And those early ones, were fitted and finished as well as any Win or Remington made. They just never got the reputation deserved. I guess if John Wayne one of the classic western stars, ever would have packed one, things would have been different? ;D
 

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RGR,The savages were more expensive ,than the average Winchester or Marlin !!, maybe "Joe Kidd" will become a classic and everyone will want the rifle that Harlen" Robert Duvall had . ;D Don
 

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loggah, I found them pages you referred to in Brophys' book, took some pics, resized and cropped and here they are. They way I posted them is the way they would appear in the book. Nice irons! Mr fixit


 

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Had forgotten about "joe kidd" :D Another movie where Marlins are shown, is the one based on "the mad trapper" cant think of the name, with Bronson. I have heard that was based on a real event.

Anyway, several Marlins are seen.

How much more did the Savages cost?
 

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RGR, The mad trapper of rat river ,based on a true story in the Canadian North west. the trappers name was Albert Johnson,The basic Savages were $20-$25 in the teens, around $5 more then the Marlins and winchesters were. Don
 
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