Model: Custom 1894
Serial Number: 2781228
Year of Manufacture: The rifle was originally manufactured in 1903. We do not know when it was re-barreled.
Caliber: .218 Bee
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “218 Bee”. The upper tang is marked “Model / 1894”. The top of the receiver is marked “Marlin Safety” and the bottom of the receiver is marked “278122”. The left side of the front sight is marked “Marble” and the right side “Sheard”.
Barrel Length: 22”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a “U” notch rear elevator sight and a brass bead front sight. Both sights are dovetailed into the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two piece dark walnut. The buttstock has a plain grip and a blued steel crescent shaped buttplate. Both the forend and the buttstock show quite a few dings with minor oil staining around the receiver and barrel. Both sides of the buttstock show a crack that runs from the buttplate to in front of the back end of the lower tang. There is another crack close to the toe that runs from the buttplate forward about 4” on both sides of the stock, plus at least one more crack on the right side just above the long crack. There is also a small chip missing in the toe area and the buttplate fit shows a gap in the center between heel and toe. The LOP measures 13 ¾” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stocks rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: The finish appears original, but the barrel and magazine tube are not original to the rifle.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 65% of its current metal finish. The sides of the front sight are disfigured. The front edge of the barrel shows surface loss, as does the top of the front sight. The barrel also shows light handling marks with a few deeper dings on the top of the barrel a few inches behind the front sight, scratches on the top of the barrel behind the rear sight and several spots of thinning. The magazine cap shows surface loss and the tube shows thinning and light frosting near the front, plus handling marks. The forend cap shows pinprick surface erosion and surface loss, with wear marks around the screw head. The receiver shows thinning on its edges along with pinprick surface erosion on its surfaces, while the lever shows pitting. The screw heads are disfigured. The markings are sharp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The .218 Bee is a .224 caliber centerfire rifle cartridge designed for varmint hunting by Winchester in 1938 and was originally chambered in their lever-action rifles. The cartridge is named for the bore diameter of the barrel, not the bullet diameter. In terms of relative performance, the .218 Bee falls between the smaller .22 Hornet and the larger and more popular .223 Rem. The bore on this rifle is in great condition, so this rifle ought to be a lot of fun to shoot. It ought to be especially good for rabbits past 100 yards where the energy of a .22 Long Rifle begins to fade.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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