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Marlin 80-DL 22 S/L/LR

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Gun Tests Grade: C. Walnut and blued steel were in evidence with the Marlin 80-DL, though the trigger guard was shiny plastic and out of place, we thought. The stock had been refinished in oil. Good walnut used to be a lot cheaper than it is today, and simple rifles such as this often had excellent wood.

Marlin 80-DL 22 S/L/LR

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Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Length of Pull
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Barrel Finish
Trigger Pull Weight

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With windage and elevation knobs clearly marked, and with strong detents, the Lyman sight on the old Marlin was an outstanding sighting device. With it this rifle shot about as well as the new one with a 12X scope. Such sights are often found at low prices at gun shows, but you have to match the sight to the rifle carefully.
The arrow points to a stripped wood screw that permits the front of the magazine-well plate to droop. This is an easy fix, but replacing the shiny plastic trigger guard would not be easy.

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