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Marlin #7 A-1 Creedmoor Long Range Rifle

.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.

Condition:

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.

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$15,275
11/01/2017

 

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