Marlin 57 levermatic


PDA






ramis
August 6, 2007, 01:07 PM
I stopped by the local gun shop and noticed a marlin lever action rifle on the shelf. I asked to see it and worked the action and my jaw about hit the floor!

What a sweet little rifle! The wood stock was in good shape with just a little bit of rust on the barrel. It looked like there should have been a hood over the front sight that was gone. The price was $325. Can someone give me some more info or tell me if the price is right?

ramis

If you enjoyed reading about "Marlin 57 levermatic" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
ArmedBear
August 6, 2007, 01:14 PM
http://www.leverguns.com/articles/malloy.htm

I have no idea what it's worth.

http://www.marlin-collectors.com/forum/index.php?sid=9bba6d05ec8c698f5affc1c2c0063f3f

Sounds a tad steep for a gun with rust, unless they have serious collector value, which I don't know, but someone at the above forum certainly will!

ECVMatt
August 6, 2007, 04:31 PM
It is a hoot to shoot. I love the action, it is very slick..

What caliber is the one you were looking at? 30 Carbine or .256. The Carbine is much easier to feed, I have to make my own brass from .357 Mag cases.

All in all it is a very fun gun. I am not sure on the value, but that sounds about right from what I have seen in the past.

Matt

Carl N. Brown
August 6, 2007, 05:47 PM
I have no idea what a Levermatic is worth today, but
I wish I had kept mine.
Levermatics were made in .22 Magnum, .256 Win ( a necked-down .357),
and .30 Carbine. I had one in .30 carbine but the model number was 62
if my memory is functioning well. Model 57 I believe is the .22 magnum
version. The Levermatics had a one piece stock, the bolt locked up like
the Savage 99 but the lever linkage was on a patent by Kessler, and gave
a great mechanical advantage: the levermatic was a fast action.

ArmedBear
August 6, 2007, 06:55 PM
I did get the impression that the 57 was a rimfire. However, I may have read that wrong.

ECVMatt
August 6, 2007, 07:02 PM
I was refering to my 62 Levermatic. I think it is built on the same principal.

Sorry for the mix up.

Matt

ramis
August 6, 2007, 08:26 PM
It is chambered in 22LR. with a tubular magazine. It will shoot longs and shorts too.

I thought the price seemed a little steep but I'm still tempted just because it is so unique. The first page that ArmedBear linked to said that only 34,628 were made...

CB900F
August 6, 2007, 09:54 PM
Ramis;

I owned, note the past tense, a Marlin 57 Levermatic in .22. I do not regret it's passing from my ownership, at all.

The 57 was an attempt by Marlin to capitolize upon their reputation for excellent lever action guns, but offer the public a gun at less than the premium price for the model 39. Notice the short production run for the model 57, I don't think it made 6 full years. The action was fragile on mine. No gunsmith I took it to could make it function properly for any great length of time.

This was the first gun I ever bought on my own. Ordered it from an outfit called "FinneySports". It worked fine for a couple of years, but eventually began jamming when trying to feed a new round into the chamber. Never did get it corrected. Wish I'd of sucked it up & bought the much more expensive model 39 at the time. I think I paid $39.95 + S&H for the 57 & the model 39 was about $20.00 more 1962 dollars!

My advice, they are asking way too much. Way, way, too much.

900F

If you enjoyed reading about "Marlin 57 levermatic" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!