.40-50 Sharps bottleneck caliber, 28.5" heavy octagonal barrel, S/N 646 . With matching numbers throughout. The left side of the frame is marked with the Marlin name and address, and Ballard patent date. Double set triggers, with ball and spur lever. With unmarked 33.5" full length telescopic sight. Deluxe checkered forearm, with tapered horn forend. Checkered walnut stock with long cheekpiece and early German style buttplate with large protruding acorn screw. This very same rifle is featured on page 175 of Ballard: The Great American Single Shot Rifle , by John T. Dutcher. It is believed to be the earliest No. 6 known.
The barrel has a blueish plum patina, with one area of scuffs to the finish on the left side. The barrel has a few drill holes to the top flat. The frame has a flat gunmetal patina. The stock and forearm have one or two light handling marks, with an age crack to the top of the butt where it meets the frame. The optics are a bit cloudy, but the crosshair is intact. The bore and mechanics are excellent.