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Offline Kent Shootwell

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1881 care
« on: December 11, 2022, 01:19:29 PM »
This rifle came to me for a cleaning and assessment about firing. The bore looked like a sewer pipe and the action wouldn’t close. It had set in a closet for at least 50 years and he didn’t know what cartridge it used. I have no notes on how to disassemble but found it to be easy enough once the main spring is clamped down. A LOT of cleaning with warm soapy water then solvent followed by penetrating oil reviled a remarkably solid rifle. The bore has cleaned to a fairly shiny finish with strong rifling as well. The calibre is 40/60 Marlin with a 28” barrel and it works like watch now. If he wants to buy brass and dies I would be happy to load for it and shoot a few. This is an early rifle and I would of been a customer back in the day if choosing between it and a Winchester. It sold for $32 originally.
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Offline Niederlander

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Re: 1881 care
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2022, 04:33:56 PM »
Isn't in fun to bring these old girls back to service?!  Did the same with a '94 Winchester recently.  Nice work and nice rifle!
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Re: 1881 care
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2022, 07:07:53 AM »
I consider the 1881's to be a superb handling rifle and a big step up from the Win. '76. I have one in 45-70 with the Ballard style double set triggers, tang sight,  it is a fine shooter. Yours is a beautiful find. Too bad Marlin fell behind Winchester in advertising and promoting these great rifles.

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Re: 1881 care
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2022, 12:56:18 PM »
Kent,
Been meaning to come in when I first read this posting.  That is one nice looking original.  Its' too bad that does not belong to you.

Enjoy it while you have it in your possession.
Black River Smith

 

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