The L.C. Smith Collectors Association
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Re: Opinion Needed - Original Case Colors or Re-done?
For whatever my opinion is worth (not much), the case colors don't look as vibrant as they should for a gun in near new condition; could just be the lighting? At any rate, and assuming the gun is a late era Marlin gun that remains in near new condition, when Marlin took control of the gunworks they began to look for ways to save manufacturing costs; and one of the first things they did was experiment with case color hardening alternatives in order to eliminate the traditional and more expensive bone charcoal method. Changing the hardening process would certainly produce different hues; and in fact, changing the hardening process did cause some issues with brittle frames, and for which the company received considerable negative press from gun rag writers of the day. But mine are just opinions and thoughts, and hopefully your gun is all original.
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