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Thread: Marlin 22lr levermatic

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    Marlin 22lr levermatic

    Hi guys. Have this 22 here from a estate.
    From what I can find on google After being told itís a marlin and comparing to the photos Iím pretty sure itís a model 57 22lr. Itís the first one Iíve seen and looks pretty interesting.
    Is anyone able to shed some more light on this and give a rough price? Iv not seen this rifle in person so thatís all the info iv got. Hopefully get a serial number and a better idea of condition tomorrow



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    @mudgripz or@mudgrips aka mr marlin

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    Huh!

    Yep looks like model 57 Marlin levermatic, made from late 50s to about 1965. Smooth action, short throw. Could well have marlin's microgroove barrel which started around 1953.

    Marlin's main rimfire lever action is the model 39/39A, so-named from around 1920 and a very good 22LR. Still made today and one of the best levers you can buy (along with Winchester 9422, Ruger model 96, and the Browning/Miroku levers). This model 57 is a slightly different action from 39A resulting in v short throw. Should be a nice little shooter, and accurate if it has the microgroove barrel. Was not continued after 1965 or so, and not a high demand collectible. Very hard to price it but depending on condition it could go anywhere from $300 to twice that if several buyers take a fancy to it and bid.

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    great old 22. i would keep it and watch the price go up in a few years

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    I like it!
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    As a kid and teenager we had a 57M which was the 22mag version with a 4x scope. was a very nice shooter. I took a lot of goats and possums with it and Dad took the odd deer as well.
    By recollection it was a nice looking rifle, shoot well The short throw lever made it a very fast handling when taking on a mob of goats with the spot light. (was doing pest control out the back of Huntly)
    Was probably a little on the heavy side compared to some of the lever rifles. Had a large tube mag capacity.
    The only fault it had which is common to tube mags was that the plastic follower broke and it would sometime retain a round in the sleeve only to pop up in the action some weeks later.
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