Beautiful Marlin Stock

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  1. allin

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    I have a Marlin model 60 stock that is really great looking. It has been refinished (by me) and looks awesome. Unfortunately the rest of the rifle does not function. This gun was made in 1971 and someone threw it into a barn and left it there for many many years. I coulld buy a new one and replace all of the parts other than the stock, but I am curious if there is a market for refinished wooden stocks? Any info greatly appreciated.
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  2. natman

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    Not much market for a refinished birch stock. Why not get the gun working again? Chances are a good cleaning and light lube would work wonders.
     
  3. j1

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    Take a wander through Gunbroker checking for rifle stocks. You should come away knowing far more than you do now. Good luck.
     
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    you can sell near anything on eBay - just not actual guns...
     
  5. forward observer

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    This! If you present something well with good photo's and descriptive copy, you can sell ice cubes to Eskimo's on EBay.

    EBay proves over and over again to me that "one man's junk is another man's treasure".---especially if competitive bidding is involved.

    Cheers
     
  6. jmr40

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    Don't mean to burst your bubble, but the stock isn't worth much. It is a cheap piece of hardwood with a fairly common bit of figure to it. Refinish only lowers value. It would probably cost more for shipping than it is worth. But there are probably some guys out there with older guns with stocks in far worse shape that would give something for it.
     
  7. allin

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    Thanks for replies. Made sense as it isn't/wasn't a very expensive gun to begin with. I have taken it to a number of smiths and all say the same thing. Buy a new one, it will cost more to fix than a NIB same model.
    Again, thanks for the replies.
     
  8. Scooter22

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    "Doesn't function" could be anything from it just needs a good cleaning to someone lost the guts out of the action. You may be able to get the gun working for almost nothing compared to a NIB M60. JMHO
     
  9. Smokey Joe

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    Doesn't Function...

    Allin--Before writing off yr Marlin Model 60, for heavens' sake take it all apart, clean & lube all the parts, and re-assemble. That might do the trick right there. If it needs a minor part or 2, www.gunpartscorp.com (Numrich Arms) is the #1 go-to for gun parts, and they have exploded diagrams of a lot of models to help identify exactly what you are missing.

    Gee Whiz--It doesn't work now, what have you lost if you tinker with it??

    Supposing that it actually does need major work, or an expensive part, at least you'll know that for certain, and will have learned a bit about firearm maintenance, and assembly/disassembly into the bargain.

    At the very worst, you will have created a nice-looking wall-hanger.

    Go for it!!
     
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    In my opinion there's nothing like wood when it comes to rifle stocks. There's a buyer somewhere. Good luck to you!
     
  11. allin

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    Hi
    I agree with your assessment. I am not giving up on it. I plan on using it to learn a lot about what actually makes the rifle run. Currently it is in pieces on my bench and I am (slowly) tinkering with it. I believe that the worst that can happen is that I do end up with a very good looking wall hanger. On the onther hand, maybe I'll actually get it running again.
    Thanks for the encouragement.
     
  12. Bull Nutria

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    there are youtube videos on disassembly and re assembly of the model 60.

    Bull
     
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    I make, & sell Mash paddles for home beer brewing on Ebay (Manasquan River Brewing), and have been for years. It started slow but gradually gained steam and now its my full time job. I also sell to some major retailers too! I know people sell stocks on ebay. I don't know that there are that many custom stock refinishers or makers that are there. It's definitely a niche market. I'd say go for it:D. You don't have a lot to lose if it doesn't, and if your persistent it could develop into something more for you. After all there are hoards of marlin owners underserved by the aftermarket community.;)


    Also, as custom wood worker, there are some really nice piece of birch out there;)
     
  14. Sheepdog1968

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    Looks like a nice stock to me. I know that the Mossberg 500 shotgun wood stocks can be quite expensive to buy (the foreend part) even on eBay.
     
  15. allin

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    Hi
    thanks for the support. Not sure if I have the talent for actually doing woodwork for others? I have done a lot of woodworking over the past 40+ years, and have turned a lot of very fine wood into very fine expensive firewood!! It does, however, give me a reason to buy lot's of tools. Sometimes that distracts my lovely wife from the guns I am buying.
     
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    " I have done a lot of woodworking over the past 40+ years, and have turned a lot of very fine wood into very fine expensive firewood!! "

    I bet the flames are beautiful. LOL
     
  17. allin

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    Yeah, I tried just lighting money in the back yard, but the fire didn't last as long as a good bocote, paduca, rosewood, purple heart, teak, jatoba, wenge, etc. I found out that curly sassafras burns too quickly. I like to stay with the South American,and African hardwoods. Oak, Mahogany, and fruit-wood are fine also, good smell.
    Cherry I stay away from, I once ruined about 100.00 of it and it left a permanent emotional skid-mark.
     
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