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May 14th, 2021 at 7:26pm
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Anyone have knowledge of this type of Marlin-Ballard.
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And would be sensible to reline it to say a 32-40 or 38-55? I have read several posting that seem to indicate this was not a factory option.
  

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Re: Smooth bore Marlin-Ballard
Reply #1 - May 14th, 2021 at 10:32pm
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That rifle has the droopy lever syndrome. 
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Reply #2 - May 15th, 2021 at 12:08am
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On the assumption that "44 W" means "44 Winchester" - i.e., .44-40 - perhaps the Ballard was modified to shoot the .44 Game Getter shot shell.  After all, the Stevens Marksman was renamed the 101 and factory-chambered for that shell, as was the Marbles over-under rifle-shotgun with the folding stock.

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Re: Smooth bore Marlin-Ballard
Reply #3 - May 15th, 2021 at 9:27am
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Caliber Info: .44W (Converted Smooth Bore)
  

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Re: Smooth bore Marlin-Ballard
Reply #4 - May 15th, 2021 at 10:29am
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The gun is a #2 Ballard in .44-40, and someone bored it smooth to shoot shot shells. As a #2 it's a cast action, and not suitable to reline to centerfire rifle cartridges. It actually was pretty marginal to shoot many smokeless .44-40, and Marlin dropped the caliber before smokeless .44-40's even hit the market.
It would be best to reline it to shoot something smaller like mild loads of .32 S&W Long, or .32 Long. A little over priced for a cast #2 needing reline.
  

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Reply #5 - May 15th, 2021 at 3:23pm
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Got it, thanks all...will pass on it then.
  

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Reply #6 - May 15th, 2021 at 7:26pm
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Vall, is there any chance that it rolled out as a 44-40 XL smoothbore?
  
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Re: Smooth bore Marlin-Ballard
Reply #7 - May 16th, 2021 at 11:56am
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oneatatime wrote on May 15th, 2021 at 7:26pm:
Vall, is there any chance that it rolled out as a 44-40 XL smoothbore?


I try not to say "never", but I doubt it.
  

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