Marlin "Levermatic"?

Discussion in '.22 Rifle/Rimfire Discussion' started by 97powerstroke, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. 97powerstroke

    97powerstroke New Member

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    Any body heard of these? Marlin levermatic, I think it reads model 57, it's kinda hard to read till I clean it up a little. It's a lever action 22 with a very, very short cycle. I don't even have to remove my hands from the stock to cycle the action, just open my hand up a little and thats it. I just aquired one of these from a co-worker that found it while cleaning out an attick of a deceased family member. I really like it. Shoots every 22 but the magnums
     
  2. CA357

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  3. Rex in OTZ

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    Accelerator Lever

    Im not clear on who originally patented the accelerator lever that is key of these fast fireing .22's the as Quoted from the Numric Gun Parts catalog that the Shotgun company Kessler made a 12,16,20gage leveraction box mag shotgun (model 50 lever-Matic)Numrich bought up Kesslers parts when they sold out, numrich for a while offerd do it your self kits to assemble your own shot gun from these parts, Numrich sold some these parts to Marlin for study as ther was a Patent Marlin paid a royalty of a dollar per gun produced.

    Marlin produced the Model 56 a box mag fed version in .22lr (my father still has his when bought new) they made the Model 57 the tube mag fed version in .22lr, the 57M is a .22Mag tube fed version, and the model 62 which was a
    centrefire box mag version the two calibers I've heard was .256 winchester (the bottle neck revolver round) and .30carbine.

    they are a adult size rifle and have a distintive hump back, flat top receiver they also are capable of extremely fast rate of fire (almost like a semi-auto)
    today they average as low as $350 for a good shooter grade .22lr on up to $1200 for the Modle 62 centerfire's

    my father had broken his stock back in the early 1970's and wasent till 1979 that he was able to find a limited production Bishop stock that cost $89 in them day's one could buy a new Ruger10/22 or Marlin model 60 for allot less than that.

    I do believe that the Ruger based ther model 96 lever gun on this accelarator link design.
     
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  4. BigByrd47119

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    Thats a awsome little find you got yourself there mate! Its deffenently got a diffrent look then most other .22s. Even better if itll shoot all the .22 ammo aside from magnum!
     
  5. c3shooter

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    Loaned my old time gunsmith a factory loaded .256 Win mag cartridge from my collection last month to function test one. The owner had gotten some reloads, but they would not chamber- just a smidge too long. While the very short lever stroke gave speed, it took away leverage- both in chambering and extracting a fired round. Neat design, rather rare.
     
  6. stalkingbear

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    I used to have a 57m and still miss it. I lost it during divorce. A word of caution-order a few firing pins from gunpartscorp. They're the most common part prone to breakage. Other than that they're excellent rifles featuring a solid steel receiver and a 1 piece black walnut stock. I really like the rapid firing short throw lever action.
     
  7. 97powerstroke

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    Cleaned it up and it is a model 57. Tube feed, aluminum reciever though, not a steel one,(bummer). And it does shoot quite well. I think I just might like this gun, has some wieght to it, feels real good.
    Had to do some real good cleaning to the chamber though, looks like a lot of shorts might have been run through it and kinda gummed it up.
     
  8. Txhillbilly

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    Marlin 56/57/57M's and the Winchester 250/255's along with the Ruger 96/22's are all great short throw lever action rimfire rifles. I have had a Ruger 96/22,Marlin 57 and currently have a Winchester 255 22WMR and a Marlin 56-First year,Steel receiver-NIB,Unfired (I really want to shoot it though).

    While they are not precision target rifles,they are fun to shoot and accurate enough for tree rats and such.And are a unique style of gun that people always ask about when they see you shoot them.
     
  9. 97powerstroke

    97powerstroke New Member

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    Was just reading the link that CA357 sent, thank you sir, and it looks like this one with the aluminum reciever was only made for about one year, 1959.
    Think it's worth my time to give it a good restoration and put it away somewhere or just clean it up and shoot it. I planned on taking it out hunting with me this year and using it on grouse.
     
  10. Txhillbilly

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    97PS,If I remember correctly,Marlin only produced the Steel receivers on the first years of the Model 56-1956/1957. I think all the Model 57's with exception of the centerfire line were made out of aluminum.

    Here's a photo of my Model 56 with a steel receiver.
     

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    Here's a close up of the receiver.
     

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  12. stalkingbear

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    you're slightly wrong-my 57m had a steel receiver.


     
  13. 97powerstroke

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    Ok, so mine doesn't look anything like that, my action looks almost identical to the action of the model 60 marlin. I wish mine looked as clean as yours does though, nice gun.
    The reason I assumed my gun was only made for about one year was because of this paragragh from the link, the last sentence is where I got the idea.
    >>> Nineteen-fifty-nine was a busy time for the Levermatic lineup. In addition to the 56 DL, Marlin also introduced two tubular-magazine short-stroke lever rifles. The Model 57 was chambered for .22 Short, Long or Long Rifle, and the Model 57M was made for the new .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire (.22WMR) cartridge. After Winchester announced the .22 Magnum cartridge in 1959, Marlin required only a slight redesign of the basic Levermatic mechanism to adapt it to the new rimfire cartridge. Thus, Marlin was able to beat Winchester into production. Winchester did not market a rifle to shoot their new cartridge until 1960.

    Tubular Magazines

    The Model 57 rifles were introduced with curved aluminum receivers, but in 1960, Marlin reportedly reverted back to the squared steel receivers for the Levermatic rifles.
     
  14. 97powerstroke

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    I'll see if I can get my daughter to take a picture of it for me this weekend and I'll try and post it. If it weren't for the lever hanging off the bottom and the beefier stock I would call it a model 60 at first glance if I didn't know any better.
     
  15. Txhillbilly

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    Thanks Stalkingbear,Like I said "IF" I remembered correctly and I didn't,I was thinking only on the 22lr not the 22wmr rifles.
     
  16. stalkingbear

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    A little tidbit of information. When Winchester came out with the .22 magnum in 1959, Marlin quickly revamped the model 57 to accept the magnum cartridge. By doing that they actually had the very 1st .22 magnum rifle out on the market (model 57M)-even before Winchester.