Old .30-30

Discussion in 'General Marlin Discussion' started by JVReich, Jul 28, 2018.

  1. JVReich

    JVReich New Member

    Hi Gang, my first post here so bear with me. I recently inherited my great grandpas .30-30. As far as I know it hasn’t been shot in probably 60years. I know it hasn’t as long as I have been alive. (42 years). The serial number shows it was manufactured in 1904. I’m curious if it would be safe to use with modern ammo?

    Some pics.




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  2. mm93

    mm93 Well-Known Member

    It's probably unlikely anyone can look at your pictures and tell you if your 1893 Marlin is safe to shoot with any ammo; modern or not. It's best to take it to a local gunsmith and have him check it to ensure it's in good working order.
    If it is in good working order it will handle modern smokeless ammo. That's not to say I'd shoot a steady diet of jacketed modern ammo, as I don't in my guns. But it is a Smokeless Steel barrel, and made for that ammo.
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  3. FordTruck

    FordTruck Well-Known Member

    I'm with mm93. Gotta love a square bolt.