Amazing deal at Cabelas

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  1. 357smallbore

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    As a true connoisseur of weapons. I am a pretty good read on gun prices and real values of guns. I like to go to my local Cabelas every once in a while and muse at the prices they throw out on their used weapons. It's amazes me that people would pay there prices listed.
    I just happened upon a Marlin 39A setting on thier used gun rack. I picked it up and gave it a quick look and then looked at the price tag. It was $349.00. Three years ago I sold one for $475.00 to a friend. Taking time to really look it over, It was in excellent condition. No rust, no mars on the wood. Bluing was almost perfect. The butt plate looked as if it never had seen the ground. It was missing the rear sight, but that was do to it being scoped at one time. So now I was really jazzed at what I was holding.
    Now comes the interesting part. Looking at the grip cap. I noticed a brass insert that looked like a peanut. I had never seen this before. So looking up the serial #, the Marlin is a 1951 specimen. And reading on what this brass insert on the grip cap was, it was to have your initials engraved on it. It was the only year they did this.
    It seems as people have used the moniquer of the "Peanut Edition" for this weapon. I asked for a bore light to see the bore. It was mint ballard rifling. So with that I snatched it up and took it home to join the family. So this day Cabelas lost out, and I won out.
     
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    Pics or it didn’t happen
     
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    Nice find .

    I am still sick at one I missed . As I was walking out of the gun store , this older banker looking man asked me if they bought used guns in there . He was holding a mint condition 39 that he said was his fathers . I told him that I would give him $300 dollars for it ( that's all I had on me ) if he didn't like there offer . He came back and told me he sold it to them . I asked how much they gave him and he said $200 dollars . That made me sick . I went in the store to buy it from them and they told me $400 , so I passed on it .
     
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    357smallbore

    Good for you! Nice to hear someone having the good fortune in finding something like that at an unbelievable price!
     
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    Here are the pictures as promised
     

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    Great find! Looks like mine from 1960.
     
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    Congrats! You got a beautiful rifle at a bargain price.:thumbup:
     
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    357smallbore,
    Congratulations on your 1951 peanut. They are very hard to come by. If you look closely at the barrel you will notice that unlike later year model Marlin 39's that your barrel is tapered. That reduces the weight of the rifle, and make it a little quicker to put on target in the field. Now for my favorite part ......look at the rifling in the barrel you will find either 4 or 5 grooves. This is Ballard rifling. Marlin got the patent on micro grooving in 1953. I personally prefer my Marlin39's with Ballard rifling instead of the Micro groove. I also prefer then tapered lighter barrels . Both of my older 39's are more accurate with a wider variety of 22 lr than my micro grooved rifles. The difference in group sizes is minimal, but still noticeable and consistent .

    Hope you enjoy yours .....Tentwing
     
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    Dang, that's a deal.
     
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    Congrats, that's an outstanding deal.
     
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    Nice find. But the person that really lost out was the one who sold it to Cabelas. While mismarked, so to speak, you know they made money selling it to you.

    Again, nice find. ;)
     
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    Very nice.

    -jeff
     
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    I've found several great deals on Cabela's racks. I think they throw them out there to generate business. I get a great deal then tell everyone about it. My latest was a excellent condition Win 75 with stock uncut for sight and had a Lichert 10x scope on it for $625
     
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    Our local Cabelas sold me a used revolver at a ridiculously low price. Easily a $550 gun, I got it for $450.

    Maybe they wised up to their reputation of not being exactly in the mainstream of used gun sales. You have to put the pressure on them....hard.

    Congratulations.
     
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    My Dad traded a S&W .38 to a farmer for mine. It's the 39A "Golden"(Trigger). That was in 1972...the rifle is a 1964. It was my first. I've shot countless thousands of rounds through it...I grew up with it. My Ted Williams scope was added in about 1976 or so when I was using it to shoot "dirt dogs"(prairie dogs) north of Cheyenne...I'm on the hunt for one to give to my grandson...
     

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    Congratulations on a sweet rifle find. May it bring you many pleasant days shooting it.

    I have managed several good deals in Cabela's Gun Library and have gotten them to come down a little on some of their guns and still managed a 5% Veteran's discount. Not sure since the Bass Pro buyout they still offer that 5%?

    Ron
     
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    I have gotten several good deals at Cabelas over the years.
     
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    Very nice.
     
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    Very nice . . .
     
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    Your use of the term weapon annoys me. A frying pan can be used as a weapon. A vehicle can be used as a weapon. Do you tell your wife that you are driving your weapon to the store to buy a gallon of milk?

    "Hand me that weapon, I'm going cook us some eggs."

    Except in the rare instance of the battlefield or being used in a self defense situation, a Marlin 39A should be referred to as a firearm, gun, or a rifle, not a weapon.
     
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    Merriam-Webster would be fine with the word weapon being used.

    1. : something (such as a club, knife, or gun) used to injure, defeat, or destroy
    2. : a means of contending against another
    1. assault with a deadly weapon
    2. The pitcher's slider is his most effective weapon.
    3. a new weapon in the fight against cancer
    4. The mayor's campaign unleashed its secret weapon.
    5. I will be taking my weapons to the range today.
    So by any definition I can find a rifle is a weapon. While weapon is a broad term most people would likely associate a gun as a weapon than a frying pan or a motor vehicle. While anything can be used as a weapon the original post defined the use of the word. Anyone else annoyed by the use of the term weapon? Again, enjoy your new rifle.
    Ron
     
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    Exactly my point. It's the usage that makes a thing (gun, knife, club, vehicle, or frying pan) a weapon.
     
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    image.jpeg The top rifle is a 1952 with Ballard barrel. The bottom rifle is a 1996 with a micro groove barrel . They are both fun and smooth cycling. They are both also accurate beyond my capabilities as a shooter. Again Sir I hope enjoy your highly collectible 39a.
     
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    Drobs. Have a bourbon and set in the rocker for awhile and relax. Your annoyance should pass. To help you through this stressful time I will rephrase just for you. I am a man that loves a good weapon that uses a metalic case, that houses smokless powder and has a lead projectile at the end of the case. And that can be fired from the shoulder, hip or extended arm :)
     
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