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    Marlin Model 93

    I just bought my first lever gun in 40 years. I decided I wanted
    a Marlin 30-30 with a cut rifled barrel and have been keeping an eye
    out for one. I found a Marlin Model 93 on Gunbroker that had
    horrible pics on the listing but the seller convinced me over
    the phone that it was really nice and had an excellent bore.
    I bid an opening bid of $550 and nobody raised the ante so
    that's what I got it for. Bore scope proved he was right
    about the bore. Tight action. I don't think this gun has
    been shot much. Can't wait to try it out.


    https://www.gunbroker.com/item/774310620






















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    Nice rifle and you got for a very fair price.

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    I believe you did well!!! Congrats!
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    Very nice, have you figured out the year of production?

    Edit: Just looked at the ad, I see it's 1935.

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    That is a nice rifle at a nice price. A couple years ago I bought a 93 Carbine 32/40 for $350 and
    was really proud of myself. Same kind of shape as OPs. Got dies and brass, loaded 20 and headed
    to shoot it. My ammo had something wrong with it, back home I went. Thought I got excited and
    did something wrong. After checking my loads I saw 32 Win data on next page. Plunked in a 32W
    and it worked perfect. A old rechambered job. I wasn't happy and returned the rifle , wish I had
    kept it now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo66 View Post
    Very nice, have you figured out the year of production?

    Edit: Just looked at the ad, I see it's 1935.

    I've learned from some Marlin collectors that there are no official
    records of production of earlier Marlin rifles. All guesses are from
    inferred knowledge about these rifles. IOW, no exact dates can
    be claimed, only ranges. Most of the hard core Marlin collectors
    I've communicated with say that this gun was built between
    1921 and 1925. The guy that listed the rifle was making his guess.
    But he told me over the phone that it was just a guess from quick
    reads he had made on the internet. It really didn't matter to me,
    but I did search it out after I got it because I was curious.

    Thanks for all the comments on this rifle ! I feel lucky to be
    the current owner.

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    You got an excellent bargain !

    AFAIK, "Marlin Firearms Corporation" marked Model 93's were made from 1921 (when the model designation was changed from Model 1893 to Model 93) to 1924 - so, unless you have a parts gun, I would put it's DOM in the early 1920's.


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    Nice rifle. You did well. I have one of the last Model 1893s made by Marlin before they changed the designation to Model 93. My rifle was originally in 30-30, but is now in 38-55. Brophy states Marlin changed from Model 1893 to Model 93 in 1905. According to Brophy my 1893 has an early Model 93 serial number since it has a letter prefix to it. Marlin Model 1893/Model 93 rifles/carbines are well made firearms. Just not as popular as the Winchesters.

    Bill

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    Very nice !

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    Quote Originally Posted by barkerwc4362 View Post

    Brophy states Marlin changed from Model 1893 to Model 93 in 1905.

    FWIW, it's been proven a few times, that Brophy was sometimes in error when quoting DOM's.


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    Nice buy there. I wasnít familiar with the model 93. I wonder if itís the predecessor to the 1894 Marlin?
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    Wow! Nice score there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grinch View Post
    Nice buy there. I wasnít familiar with the model 93. I wonder if itís the predecessor to the 1894 Marlin?
    It's the forerunner of the model 36; then the 336. That's a very nice gun at a great price.

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    I took it to the range the other day to try it out. Click. It's got a broken firing pin.

    Looks like I get to learn how to do something new.

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    The 1893/ Model 93 has a two piece firing pin. Make sure all the parts are there. There also should be a spring. When the lever is fully closed the front and rear half of the firing pins are aligned.

    Bill

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    Most 93's have good triggers for lever guns. I think your gonna really like it when you get that pin repaired

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Grinch
    Nice buy there. I wasn’t familiar with the model 93. I wonder if it’s the predecessor to the 1894 Marlin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Texas by God View Post



    It's the forerunner of the model 36; then the 336.

    That's a very nice gun at a great price.

    Yes - The Model 1893/93 has a long (.30-30, .32 Spec, .38-55) action; the Model 1894/94 are short actions for pistol length cartridges (.25-20, .32-20, .38-40, .44-40, etc)


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