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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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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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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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