Marlin 80dl

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by drvsafe, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    A friend of mine has a Marlin 80DL that used to be his dad's. He has the bolt and the scope but no magazine. Trouble is its been in his garage for years and is in pretty bad shape. Other than the sentimental value to him is there any intrinsic value to this rifle that would warrant the effort (and $$) to refurbish it to make it usable again or just leave it as what it is, a potential wall hanger?
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    While a very good hunting/ plinking quality rifle, it does not have a high collector's value. In good condition, it is about a $100-$125 rifle. FWIW, if you register on Gunbroker, you can search COMPLETED auctions, and see what a given gun has sold for in the past- to me, best indication of value.

    Want a magazine? http://www.midwayusa.com/Product/11...20-25-80-780-22-long-rifle-7-round-steel-blue

    Stocks can usually be rehabbed with some Formby's Furniture Refinisher (be careful- stuff is flammable as all get out) and some oil finish (Tung Oil, Tru-Oil, etc)

    Unless metal is horribly rusted, minor rust can be improved (not fixed) with light oil soak, and a rubdown with a COPPER Chore Boy pot scrubber, followed by rubdown with clean soft cloth.

    IF rifle is mechanically sound, would get a mag, and clean it up. Would not be that expensive. They are good shooters- and sentimentally, priceless.
     

  3. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Damn c3. You're fast.
     
  5. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Yeah I suppose a little elbow grease is worth it, the 60 is a blast, this can only be relatively equal. The difference between the 2 are the magazine, right? The 60 is tube fed and the 80 is mag fed?
     
  6. c3shooter

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    The Marlin Mdl 60 is a tube fed SEMI AUTO- the Model 80 is a box magazine fed bolt action.

    marlin 80 DL.jpg
    Like this one that Jack had for sale over on Auction Arms.

    The Marlin 81 was the same rifle as the 80, but tube fed.
     
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    They still making the 89dl? How can I date this rifle?
     
  8. drvsafe

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    It looks like the XT is the replacement for it today, no?
     
  9. c3shooter

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    The 80DL was made about 1940-1970. If it has a serial number, 1968 or later. Serial numbers not required (by law) on rifles before that. No real way of dating a Marlin w/ no serial number, other than by when model was made.
     
  10. c3shooter

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    Yes, the XT is very similar- but is available with a better trigger than was on the 80.
     
  11. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    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...
     
  12. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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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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