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Marlin Model 81DL
« on: July 23, 2019, 12:01:03 AM »
So....9 days ago, I went to a yard sale and bought an SKS.
2 days ago, I went back for another SKS.
While there, we got to talking. I admit nothing, but there may have been some really good whiskey involved.....
Anywho...... a Marlin 81DL snuck into the car. The guy I drove up with wound up with a nifty 12GA too.

This 81DL is a long, tube fed, bolt action version of the venerable Glenfield. Made from 1941 to about 1964 or thereabouts.

That's about all I really know so far. Still trying to dig up info and get an idea of how old mine is.
I need a scope mount, scope, and the target peep sight that mounts to the rear portion of the receiver. If any of you are Marlin junkies with a parts stash, I could sure use some help.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 12:50:07 AM »
Marlin 81dl got microgroove rifling in 1953, it was Ballard rifling prior, and no sporting weapons were made by Marlin between 1942-44.

And don't damage the bolt... that's like trying to find hens teeth if something happens to it.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2019, 12:56:27 AM »
This one has Ballard. Not that I know what that means exactly. But I do know Microgroove, and this doesn't have it.
The bolt seems to be in good shape, but thanks for the heads up.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2019, 04:26:11 AM »
Does it have a plastic trigger guard?

Ballard rifling is just regular rifling.. look down the SKS barrel, a Garand, 1911, any Mauser.. That would be it, just standard cut rifling.  From what I remember, Marlin carried the term Ballard, because that's how barrels were riflied on Marlins Ballard target rifles.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2019, 11:25:09 AM »
Pics!!
      
1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms... It doesn't matter how many Lenins you get out on the street begging for them to be taken.

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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2019, 09:17:23 PM »
It does have a plastic trigger guard.

And as far as pictures go, I can just barely remember how to turn the laptop on everyday. I'll have to  figure out how to do it, then do it several times to get it to stick.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2019, 09:21:40 PM »
It does have a plastic trigger guard.

'52-'53.... That's what I come up with..

I have an early Marlin 80, the box magazine fed version.  The peep sight will be hard to find, GunBroker or fleabay.. or you may be able to get a Lyman or Williams type sight that would fit.
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Re: Marlin Model 81DL
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2019, 11:06:12 PM »
I was looking at this one to get by:

https://williamsgunsight.com/product/williams-5d-81/

Of course, I want an original eventually.
Then a vintage scope and mount.
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