December 21, 2006
Here's one that warrants some discussion, It letters as follows: mod. 1886 ser#130772 Ser# app. date not avail., type rifle, cal. 40-65, bbl. type round, trig. plain,To Russ :Yes, June 14, 1910- carbine, 45-70 cal. rec'vd July 05 1904, shipped June 15, 1910. order #260895. I am anxious to hear the speculation on the dates on this one. It sat around somewhere for 6 years, sent back and changed to a s.r.c. then shipped the following day. One just has to wonder if it was hiding out somewhere in the warehouse for 6 years. Oh yea it is a pretty nice carbine.
W.A.C.A. life member, Marlin Collectors Assn. charter and life member, C,S.S.A. member and general gun nut.
November 19, 2006
I did see this - and didn't have any explanation. Sometimes I wonder if rifles got stuffed away somewhere and were discovered later? Or, was there some sort of holding area where they sat until some use emerged? But why would a standard .40-65 rifle have to sit around for six years? The .40-65 chambering was fairly common - they didn't have orders for round barreled .40-65 rifles? It's certainly inefficient to take a completed rifle, disassemble it, and then reassemble it in another configuration.
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