"MARLIN MODEL 1881 LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 11151. Cal. 45 Govt. (45-70). Standard grade rifle with 28" oct bbl, full magazine, German silver Rocky Mtn. front sight & altered Marlin semi-buckhorn rear sight. Mounted with very nicely figured, uncheckered American walnut with straight stock & smooth steel semi-crescent buttplate. It has 2nd type receiver with split carrier. Accompanied by a Marlin Firearms Co. letter identifying this rifle in caliber 45-70 with 28" bbl & shipped Sept. 9, 1885. PROVENANCE: Leland Clapp Collection. CONDITION: Good to very good. Bbl retains 70-75% dark blue/brown patina with stronger blue in sheltered areas & some scattered spots of pitting. Magazine tube is a silver/gray patina having been cleaned with some spots of discoloration. Receiver retains 60-70% thin orig blue, mostly on left side with scattered spots of surface discoloration & light pitting. Forend cap screw is severely battered. Wood is sound with usual nicks, scratches & dings, missing small chips around tangs & retains traces of orig finish being mostly a hand worn patina. Mechanics are crisp, strong sharp bore with good shine & scattered light pitting. Would make an outstanding Cowboy Action Shooter. 4-36011 JR76 (2,500-4,000)"
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