This is my .40-60 caliber Model 1881 Marlin. The .40-60 Marlin cartridge was essentially identical to the .40-65 Winchester (a .45-70 casing necked down to .40 caliber). Also shown is a .40-65 Ideal tong tool for reloading and bullet casting. I picked this gun up in 1970 when I was 18 and working at a Montana gun shop. It was in the owner's private collection, and he offered it to me for $75. The extractor was broken and the rear sight was missing. Since it's tapped, I presume the gun originally had a Marble tang sight. I replaced the extractor and added a period buckhorn rear sight. I did load up a box of shells once but she didn't shoot a very good group. Turns out the bullet mold is a bit too small. This old gun has seen some exciting times, I'm sure. A piece of wood was knocked out of the back of the fore end, and it looks like someone probably used the receiver to pound the odd fence staple. It might have been used as a saddle gun on the range, but it's 46-inch length and hefty octagon barrel wouldn't have been terribly handy. I saw a similar gun in the same condition at a gun show last summer…with a $5,000 price tag on it!