Well, I did it again, with an even older critter. This time I scored a first year 1889 in .32-20. Overall, it's in quite good condition, but it did have a decent wanger on the muzzle, which made the decision that much easier to pull the tube, face it, and internally thread it 7/16-40 for a custom male-male adapter: There will be no other modifications, as I like the firearm just the way it is. I just don't like loud guns, so this discreet alteration makes the 132 year old Marlin infinitely more usable and enjoyable for my family. I haven't built the dedicated can for it yet, but the .32-20 with 900-ish FPS 100 gr cast bullet handloads through my full size 9mm cans is spooky quiet!