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OldSarge1 12-11-2012 03:31 PM

Marlin 1893
I have a beautiful Marlin 1893 (built in 1902) in prime contition that I have owned since the mid 60's. I am maintaining it, in the same condition as when I purchased it so long ago. My question is, does anyone know what the original finish was on the stock and foregrip, i.e. varnish, shellac etc? In it's current condition, I wouldn't even consider refinishing it and I'm not looking for suggestion on what to put on it to maintain it, just what the original finish was. Thanks everyone. Merry Christmas.

CA357 12-11-2012 03:43 PM

I know there's a Marlin owners forum and another called leverguns. You may have some luck there.

BTW, nice rifle. :cool:

hiwall 12-11-2012 04:59 PM

They were varnished but I do not know the composition of the varnish. What caliber is your "93?

OldSarge1 12-12-2012 02:20 PM

My 1893 is in 32-40. I bought it about 1965 in Vermont. Interesting point here......when I removed the steel butt plate, there was a small piece of parchment under it with a man's name printed on it. I assume it is a previous owner. I was a young man in those days in love with firearms of every description. I spent every penny I had and unknowingly at the time got my paws on some remarkable pieces. Being retired now, I have time to appreciate some of this stuff now.

hiwall 12-12-2012 06:25 PM

Thanks. the 32-40 is a great caliber. Makes your rifle just a little more special.

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