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Marlin/Ballard Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle

Currency:USD Category:Antiques / Firearms & Armory Start Price:1,100.00 USD Estimated At:2,750.00 - 4,500.00 USD
Marlin/Ballard Single Shot Schuetzen Rifle

Estimate: $2750 - 4500
Unsure of the exact model, but shares characteristics of more than one model of Ballard rifle. The left side of the receiver is marked "MARLIN FIRE ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN CT. U.S.A. / BALLARD'S. PATENT. NOV. 5, 1861.", the matching serial number is marked on the bottom of the frame and on the bottom barrel flat under the forearm. The barrel is equipped with an adjustable front globe sight, with no provisions for a rear sight and has a tang mounted vernier peep sight. The top barrel flat at the breech is marked "38-55". Adjustable double set triggers, blue barrel with casehardened remaining parts and mounted with a checkered walnut forearm and pistol grip stock with cheekpiece and Swiss style buttplate.
BBL: 30 inch octagon
Stock: walnut
Gauge: 38-55
Finish: blue/casehardened
Grips:
Serial Number: 28494
Condition: Very fine. The barrel retains 90% original blue finish thinning to a smooth plum and showing some scattered minor spotting. The receiver retains 75% original case colors with a smooth mottled brown patina on the balance. The lever has a smooth mottled brown and gray patina, and the buttplate has a dark brown patina. The wood is very fine with scattered minor dings, scratches and very crisp checkering. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.