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Ballard for Id please
May 6th, 2021 at 5:38pm
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I have been told that this is a #5 Marlin Ballard , The rifle is a project gun offered for sale.
  
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Re: Ballard for Id please
Reply #1 - May 6th, 2021 at 6:24pm
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Not a No. 5 pacific since it is a cast frame, 3 line address is nearly always a cast frame.  It is a straight grip like a No. 5 but 5's were forged frames, 2 line address, and had double set triggers.  Most likely a No. 2 action?
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Reply #2 - May 6th, 2021 at 8:32pm
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Possibly a No 3, where is Marlinguy when we need him?
  

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Reply #3 - May 6th, 2021 at 8:38pm
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I say it's a #2 as I see a screw in the lower position for the reversible firing pin. The #3 Ballard didn't have this feature. Then of course we don't know if the block and action serial numbers match.

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Reply #4 - May 6th, 2021 at 8:39pm
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It is certainly NOT a #5. Most likely a #2 as it looks to have a reversible firing pin. #3's were all rimfire and did not have a firing pin retaining screw.
  
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Reply #5 - May 7th, 2021 at 12:29am
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Until we know more about the particulars of this rifle(receiver) all is speculation. As with Ballards, and most single shot rifles, almost any thing is possible. No one has said this is a cast action, forged action #2s do exist, nor what it is chambered for and as Jerry stated, it could be a conglomeration of parts. Regardless, it is a worthwhile action to have, given an appropriate price. If all the numbers match, then it is most probably a number two. We will have to wait for more information, x-ray vision, or Divine intervention.
  

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Reply #6 - May 7th, 2021 at 10:34am
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JerryH wrote on May 6th, 2021 at 8:38pm:
I say it's a #2 as I see a screw in the lower position for the reversible firing pin. The #3 Ballard didn't have this feature. Then of course we don't know if the block and action serial numbers match.

JerryH


Jerry is correct. The low position of the firing pin screw indicates the #2 reversible firing pin. And of course the 3 line address almost always indicates a cast action, with a few rare exceptions.
This rifle's action has no features of a #5 Pacific.
  

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Reply #7 - May 7th, 2021 at 3:57pm
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Thanks everyone It is part of the estate from Reverend Al and they are selling off his single shots.
  
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Reply #8 - May 7th, 2021 at 4:15pm
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cdnrokon wrote on May 7th, 2021 at 3:57pm:
Thanks everyone It is part of the estate from Reverend Al and they are selling off his single shots.


Al had some really neat single shot rifles. Obviously someone else is identifying his guns and they weren't tagged as Al knew what they were.
  

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