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I have a .30-30 Marlin Model 1893 lever action with a hexagonal barrel, serial number #387XXX (above). My grandfather gave it to my father, and my father gave it to me 42 years ago. I was wondering what year it was made, and what it’s worth. Thanks in advance for your input.

DEAN JACKMAN

WARREN, MANITOBA

Marlin serial number records are incomplete, so I can’t pin down the exact year yours was made, but it was most likely 1907 or 1908. This rifle would be of interest to Marlin collectors, with the price varying widely depending on the condition. Your rifle seems to be in good shape—the receiver screws are nice and straight, and much of the original finish remains. There is some rust pitting on the bolt, however, and the tang screws are twisted, which will reduce the value. At a firearms auction, it might bring $500 to $1,200, but again, a collector will want to personally examine it. I like Marlin lever actions with character, which yours certainly has.

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