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Marlin made the model 1898 shotgun,while Winchester made the Model 1897 shotgun,A Winchester model 1897 shotgun with the serial number provided indicates that it was made in 1900.The Marlin model 1898 shotgun was made from 1898-1905.

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Q: How old is your marlin model 1897 12 gauge shotgun serial number 65859?
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