Marlin camp carbine in .45???


November 16, 2004, 06:49 AM
I have seen a couple for sale lately, are they rare, desireable?, prices seem high comparied to my price book, are they going for more than book value? thanks

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Dave Markowitz
November 16, 2004, 02:49 PM
The Camp 45s aren't nearly as common as the Camp 9s. Both of them are great little rifles but the 45s command a premium. Marlin discontinued both models a few years ago, apparently due to lack of demand. Still, if you can find one, the Camp 45 is going to be the least expensive .45 ACP carbine you'll be able to find (I'm not counting Mech Tech conversion units here).

As the owner of one, I can understand why. They are very fun to shoot, accurate, reliable, use 1911 magazines, and shoot a cartridge that begins with the number "4."

If you pick up one make sure you replace the wimpy factory recoil spring with a 16.5# or 21# spring from Wolff. The OEM spring at only 11# is too weak and results in the bolt battering the recoil buffer.

November 16, 2004, 05:44 PM
I've got one in excellent shape with a wolf 21# spring and new buffers from with a BIN price of $425 on Gunbroker:

Please excuse the shameless plug

November 16, 2004, 06:31 PM

That's lovely, Dominic! I would if I could.


November 17, 2004, 10:17 PM
I bought an M45 some months ago and really get a kick out of it. Short, accurate, relatively light, and definitely good looking. I like wood and blued steel, though an AR is in the works.

The down side is that there are absolutely no aftermarket addons for this make/model. You can add a scope or red-dot, but you won't be able to use the stock sights after fixing a scope rail to the top of the receiver. You can still get Choate folding stocks, or hunt around for the Ramline folder.

Definitely want to get the 16.5 or 21 lb recoil springs. I strongly recommend you also ask Marlin to send you a hammer strut and hammer strut bridge as these are two very weak points in the system. Mine saw about 200rnds when serious bowing started to occur in the bridge.

Anyone try to modify an M1 Carbine (.30cal) hammer strut to fit the Marlin hammer and frame?

I'd love to see some aftermarket goodies come out for the M9 and M45, but I fear that the AR has completely dominated the carbine market. Personally, I can't say they're wrong because you get more rounds in the AR mag, greater versatility in design, longer range of lethality, and that cool EBR stigma. ;)

Anyhow, if you find one around for under five bills, grab it. Then call Marlin and buy all the parts you could possibly need for future repairs (basically, everything but the hammer). Then call Wolff ( and get the recoil springs. Then gets some bullets and have a great time. It's a wonderfull little gun.

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