.44-100, 34" octagonal-to-round barrel, S/N 1813. Blued and case hardened finish, checkered deluxe fancy walnut pistol-gripped stock with checkered, flat metal shotgun buttplate , deluxe checkered walnut fore-end with grooved horn tip, full loop lever. Tang-mounted Vernier sight, spirit level adjustable globe front sight. Buttplate with screw filled mounting holes for optional long range sight placement. Left side of receiver marked in two lines: JM MARLIN. NEW HAVEN, CONN U.S.A. / BALLARD'S PATENT NOV. 5, 1861. Engraved receiver with Long Range surrounded by foliate splays on the right side and Ballard A 1 on the left, similarly embellished. London commercial proofs on barrel, receiver and breech block.
Very fine to excellent, retaining most of the original blue on the barrel which has faded and thinned somewhat, blending with a smooth plum brown patina. Receiver retaining significant, but faded case color, with a mostly duller mottled silvery gray and blue on the sides and some vibrant color on bottom, as well as on the lever. Excellent bore, mechanically fine. Stock and fore-end about fine, with crisp checkering and most of the varnish remaining. Some very minor bumps, dings and handling marks present. Overall a really outstanding and exceptionally crisp example of a desirable Ballard long range Creedmoor rifle.
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