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Old 09-04-2012, 06:57 AM   #11
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It looks like the XT is the replacement for it today, no?
More or less, the family of rifles that go with the 80 are the 20, 25, 80 & 780,
these share magazines, stocks, and internals...
same goes for the tube-mag 81 & 781, minus the tube-mag and a few parts relating...
the 20, 25, 80, & 780 utilize a Curved box-style magazine...

The 25N, 825, 880, 925, 980, and XT22 are of the same family, with only triggers & stocks being the real differences among them...
the 880SQ & 7000 are Heavy Barrel versions of this family...all share the same Straight box-type mags in this grouping.

The 25 mentioned in the first group is a Bolt action, Marlin also made a Model 25 pump-action .22 in the early 1900's...no relation...
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As far as making it usable, a good cleaning can go a long way...
but its far less expensive if one does it themselves...
Follow C3Shooter's advice on that...print it out and hand it to the guy

Another inexpensive method would be to sand/polish the barrel/receiver until all rust and bluing is gone,
then seal it via clearcoat or gun oil to make it look like a Stainless Rifle...
but know that eventually, the clearcoat wears off and you have to prep the metal again, and recoat it...
or if you use oil, apply relatively OFTEN...at least every 6 months and keep in a dry environment...

For a gunsmith to do a restoration it would be cost-prohibative due to the time involved,
and it really wouldn't add much value to the rifle...

The Date of MFR since its a pre-1968 rifle, may be in a two-letter code found on the barrel,
it is NOT the JM in a circle, thats the John Marlin proofmark...
but look for two stamped letters, usually found on the left side of the barrel under the forearm...
or very close to the edge and might be showing...
Of course, there may not be a code at all...but if it does have one, here's where you can decypher it...
http://www.marlin-collectors.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2288

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