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Old March 3rd, 2017, 12:36 PM   #1
 
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Gun trade ....thoughts etc.!

Yes I have gun nut itus! I have 2 Marlin 1894 lever action .357's one a 1894C pre-cross bolt safety. The other a 1894 Cowboy Limited model .357 24 inch octagon barrel this gun is mint. This one is what I want to sell/trade because I want a scope on a rifle and this gun is too heavy. The 1894C fills my needs just fine. There is a guy who has 2 Winchester Model 88 .243's one a pre 64 one a post 64. Both look nice, the pre 64 has a 1 inch recoil pad added on that makes the trigger pull a tad long. The post 64 has a 1 inch recoil pad on & cut the stock one inch so the trigger pull is a tad short! Now I can get with either rifle a Burris 3-9x40 scope made in the USA plus one piece Redfield scope mounts & rings. Plus a extra magazine/clip. So my thoughts if I trade get the pre 64 Winchester Mod. 88 then take the recoil pad off find a butt plate. Then get a leather lace on recoil pad that's 1/2 inch thick. I have used these before they work great on a mild caliber rifles. I would like to keep a rifle as close to original as possible. I have looked online & Gun Broker both the Marlin & Winchester Model 88 in value range run $800-$2000.00 & between. My rifle is mint the Winchester I would rate very good. So whew too long with what I have said I am in no hurry. If I can sell my Marlin my thoughts are a Winchester 1873 carbine/short rifle in .357. Comments or thoughts much appreciated thanks!



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even trade on the pre 64 a 200 to you on the post 64
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Personally I am not an 88 fan, but thats just me. If looking to flip, I think the Marlin will be easier to sell
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Can't advise you on the trade, since your choice of the Marlin vs the 88 is strictly a personal preference on your part. I much prefer to stay traditional on my lever guns, but that's me.

My one bit of advice, though, is not to let the 1894s in 357 go to cheap. Of all the 1894s, the 357s are the hardest to find used, since owners hate to part with them since they are such sweet shooters. Trust me, prices on JM 1894 Marlins are getting steeper, by the day. You will have a tough time replacing one with another JM in 357.
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Thanks for the comments, I would prefer to actually get a Winchester Model92 or1873. I picked up a few months ago another Marlin 1894C that's JM stamped pre cross bolt safety so I do have another JM stamped Marlin at a lighter weight that's easier to use. But I would also like to have something different. Of the lever action rifles in .243 I actually like the Savage Model 99 or Browning Model 81. I am in no hurry.
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I'd try to sell that Marlin outright for a premium especially if it is mint, and get yourself a true 1873 Winchester. It really sounds like you want a Winchester to me!
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If it was mine I'd sell the Marlin outright and find a really nice model 99 in 243 or better yet 250/3000. I was collecting Marlins but have sold off all but 2 of my Marlins. Now I like to collect Ruger #1's. The 1894 in 357 mag. Are highly sought after. You might be able to sell it and buy 2 model 99's.
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I probably don't have to tell you a JM Marlin with octagon barrel in 357 is in demand! Don't sell it too cheap!


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I agree I am guessing its right on par in value with the Winchester 1873's made by Miroku & Uberti. If I was to get the Lever Action .243 I now am leaning more towards a Browning Model 81 or a Savage Model 99. It seems that the Savage Model 99 wasn't made too many years in .243 the 300 Savage is the main caliber.
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If you want beauty the Browning is very pretty I think. If you want value and increasing value I would go with the 99! If course what I think and a dollar and a half will get you coffee at White Castle !


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Well I have to agree with you, my last acquisition I was told by the LGS was in my favor. I traded a NIB Kahr CM9 with 3 mags for a Savage Model 99.300 Savage caliber. I found it was made in 1936 but guessing in the early 50's it was tapped & drilled for a scope. Problem is for a Redfield one piece base no longer made. The hole patten differs then the current Leupold base is! Doing a lot of looking & found a scope base on eBay bingo was what I needed. Also had a set of older Redfield rings that fit the scope base. Well now I have a very nice Savage Model 99 .300 with a Nikon 2-7x32 scope. After this experience I really like the Savage 99 very good solid rifle.
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