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Marlin .30-30s $13.21! Winchester .30-30s $13.98!!!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Carl N. Brown, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    These pages from the Sears and Roebuck Catalog of 1897
    show the Marlin rifles, Model 1892 .22, Model 1891 .32,
    Model 1894 centerfire, Marlin's takedown and pistol
    grip options, Model 1893 and 1895 centerfire; and
    the competing Winchester Models 1873, 1892 and 1894.
    The Marlin 1893 and Winchester 1894 are equivalent large
    caliber models. Both are listed in .30-30 Winchester
    caliber. Of course, Marlin calls theirs .30-30 Smokeless
    and Winchester calls theirs .30 Winchester Smokeless.
    Remington rifles in .22 Winchester Rimfire WRF were
    advertised as .22 Remington Special for the same reason.

    The equivalent smaller caliber centerfires are the
    Marlin 1894 and the Winchester 1892, both offered in
    revolver calibers of .32-20, .38-40, .44-40, etc.

    Erratum: the illustrations for the Marlin Models
    1894 and 1895 were switched in the Sears Catalog.
    Too late for and update.

    Except for the Marlin 1891 .32, all these models are
    still popular with hunters and shooters and are still
    made today (although some in modified form). Not bad
    for designs over 100 years old.

    The Marlin 1892 .22 rimfire lives on as the current
    Marlin 39A, the Marlin 1893 is the direct ancestor
    of the current Marlin 336. The current Marlin 1894
    is a 336 model scaled down to the dimensions of the
    original 1894. The current Marlin 1895 is also
    based on the 336 design. Winchester 1894s hunt on,
    and 1892s have been made in Japan, Brasil and Spain.

    Attached Files:

  2. Sniper X

    Sniper X Well-Known Member

    Yeah, can you say I wish I had a time machine!!!! Man, what treasure would I have!!! Oh, and look at the price for a colt SAA back in the late 1800s like $8.00 or some odd thing!
  3. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member


    A beer was 5 cents, but then a dollar was a good day's wage.
    Most working men made 25 to 40 dollars a month.

    Oh, the sears catalog listed a case of buckshot at $1.80
    which makes the Billy the Kid story about the shotgun loaded
    with eighteen dimes sound apocryphal to me.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2007
  4. Sniper X

    Sniper X Well-Known Member

    I also heard that story about the shotgun loaded with dimes was a farce...anyone know different? I saw a Guns of the West series that said it probably wasn't true as well!
  5. Tylden

    Tylden Well-Known Member

    Just a little food for thought....

    This is why my Marlin lever actions and S&W revolvers (plus a NIB Winchester 94) will never be sold...they are being handed down to my kids and/or grandkids someday. Who knows, perhaps someday long after I'm gone, my decendants will shake their heads in disbelief when they find out their great grandfather only paid a measley few hundred bucks apiece for these guns.....AND they made them out of REAL steel and had GENUINE wood grips/stocks back then too ! WOW !
  6. de

    de member

    My grandfathers worked for 50 cents a day back in the 20s and 30s. They said it was good money if you could find a job.
  7. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Well-Known Member

    My goodness! You mean that you could order a gun from a mail order catalog, have it delivered by the mailman, and never undergo a background check! It is amazing that the streets didn't run red with blood! :eek:

    Oh, wait, you could still do that when I was 12 years old.
  8. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    actually, in New York and Chicago they did :p
  9. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    New York & Chicago

    Must have been genetically defective rifles.
  10. trainwreck100

    trainwreck100 Well-Known Member

    I have this same catalog, and have wondered since I got it if they actually had Marlin inlaid in the stock, or if that was added for effect in the ad?

  11. tubeshooter

    tubeshooter Well-Known Member

    I felt like I was in a time machine seeing that ad. Like a little slice of history. Glad I clicked on this thread.
  12. RevolvingCylinder

    RevolvingCylinder Well-Known Member

    Compare it to the '90s. The '20's and '30's were peaceful times in comparison.
  13. MatthewVanitas

    MatthewVanitas Well-Known Member

    From www.westegg.com/inflation:

    Gives a little more perspective. The difference in price probably is (partially) the result of increased legislation and liability costs to manufacturers.

  14. Car Knocker

    Car Knocker Well-Known Member

    That $13.21 Marlin would cost $292.68 in 2005 dollars.

    The $13.98 Winchester would cost $309.74 in 2005 dollars.

    $1 in 1897 was the equivalent of $22.16 in 2005.

    EDIT: Looks like Matt and I were on the same quest at the same time.
  15. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    The GIFs are black and white;
    this pdf shows the scans in grayscale
    and a little better detail.,
    if you have Acrobat reader for PDF.
    (Ust the zoom or magnifying glass tool).

    Attached Files:

  16. TallPine

    TallPine Well-Known Member

    Um - actually I believe the current 1894 is a completly different action with a square bolt, and chambered in pistol calibers: 357, 45, and 44 mag.
  17. CZguy

    CZguy Well-Known Member

    Right you are, I own one of each. :)
  18. mp510

    mp510 Well-Known Member

    And not to spoil anything, but presently A Marlin 336 (.30-30) can be bought brand new for $299- including a scope.
  19. Selfdfenz

    Selfdfenz Well-Known Member

    Pre-1964ish milsurps, including milsurp handguns, were not much more than these prices and you could have them delivered to your door.....by the US Postal Service.

    Also interesting was an old Sears wishbook we located in the attic from the early 60's IIRC. They provided an amazingly long list of pets you coud order by mail.

  20. Carl N. Brown

    Carl N. Brown Well-Known Member

    Externally, the current 1894 has a square bolt, but
    internally it is more like the 336 than like the original
    1894 (my ref was J.B. Wood's Trouble Shooting Your
    Rifle and Shotgun.)

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