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I have a gentleman who wants to trade me his Model 1897 Delux, verified the following: round barrel, one of 550 made with round barrel, pistol grip, manufactured in 1899, visable case coloring, fair bluing, wood checkering slightly visable but no cracks or gouges in wood. Magazine tube is Marlin model 39. He wants to trade for one of my 39A's and and give me $500.00
What is a resonable value on the model 1897.
 

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Hi wickerdave

A picture would be nice. What is the serial number I can run it for you to see if it was really made in 1899.

If that rifle is in good shape, it is easily worth over a $2K or a lot more. Also check on the condition and the BORE. Bright and shiny or black?

Does it say Marlin Safety on the top of the receiver? Are the screws buggered up? If it is color case hardened how much would you say is left?

Regards PAH
 

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Serial number 192833, verified manufacture date 1899, 23 1/2 inches from muzzel to front of receiver, octagon / round barrel verified configuration to date of manufacture, "Marlin Safety" appears on top of receiver. Delux model with pistol grip, wood checkering only slightly visable, blueing 80%, case coloring apparent on trigger and hammer, not on receiver. slight schratches and a few very small gouges on stock and forearm. Butt plate original and in good condition, screws 80 -85%, standard sights. good bore.
 

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Hey Wicker,

That sounds like a really great '97!

Think you are going to enjoy it.....................immensely!

Later, Mark
 

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Hey:

Yep ran the serial number 1899 it is. Why don't you put a picture of that bad boy up here? I think for one of your 39A and he gives you $500 is a GREAT deal for YOU!!! Especially for a delux. But it is real hard to say without seeing the rifle. Condition is everything.

I am comparing to old Marlins right now in the 25-36 caliber. One has a little more varnish left on the stock, but the color case hardening is a little more pronounced. Over $1k difference in the rifles.

Any rifle is worth what the other buyer is willing to pay for it.

Regards PAH
 

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Welcome to the forum check on gun broker and such for a price range
 

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Hey Dave,

That is a real beauty!!:cool:

Need to take you along, to negotiate any future "trade deals".......for me!!:)

Later, Mark
 

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Ok, here's the crutch of the deal. I have pretty much verified that the mag. tube is from an early Marlin 39. I have verified with Marlin Support and the Cody Ranch people that Marlin started putting the 39 tubes on the model 1897s when they were tooling up to switch from the 1897 to the 39. So either I have an original piece or I have a "Period correct piece " just not a date original piece. What are your thoughts on this and how much do you think it affects value.
 
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