Time to cowboy up...


February 24, 2007, 05:03 PM
or dress in Vaquero y Villaista fashion, because my Marlin 1894CB in 44 Magnum finally arrived. Flat bolt, tapered octagon barrel that looks as big as a sewer pipe from the business end... just what the Doctor ordered.

Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but that bandolier from Hunter holds 85 rounds of 300gr ammo... should make for a lovely range day.

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February 24, 2007, 05:11 PM
Oh, man! I had just gotten a whole savings regimen going. Now there's this .44 envy I have to get over...

February 24, 2007, 11:24 PM
Very nice!

Don't leave that Hunter bando loaded long term or you'll have thick green bands on your ammo in short order.

Smokin Gator
February 24, 2007, 11:56 PM
I've got one of the older 44 mag cowboy models with 24" barrel. Got a 44-40 20" after I switched to shooting black powder. Next I will probably get an Uberti 73 (Winchester 73 copy) in 44-40... Marlins are very easy to smooth up, too.

February 25, 2007, 01:00 AM
On the bandolier, yeah my hands got pretty oily loading it up... I kind of bought it on a whim and it looked neat with the rifle. Actually a pretty comfortable way to carry a lot of ammo.

Showed it to my brother yesterday, now he wants one. (Think he's going to go with the standard 1894 model)

Has anyone put a saddle ring on these?

Or, if a fellow wanted to add a sling... would it be better to use a clamp-style mount on the magazine tube or replace the fore-end cap?

PS I could have bought an AK, an SKS and a Moisin Nagant for what this cost. :uhoh:

And I don't own a horse, why do I suddenly want a leather scabbard?

February 25, 2007, 09:17 AM
I definitely need to get a better picture taken of my cowboy rig...but here they are

Winchester 1897 12 GA
Pedersoli Sharps Billy Dixon .45-70
2 Ruger Vaqueros, .45 Colt
Rossi Win 1892 .45 Colt


February 25, 2007, 10:25 AM
Dr. Rob,

That's one nice looking rifle!!!!!

If you don't mind, how many $$$ did you have to let go of, for that 1894CB?

I went to a local gunshow last Sunday, and one vendor had two (2) 1894CB 'Limited' in .44 mag.

Now, I gotta tell ya that I am a BIG fan of octagonal barrels. I already have the 1895CB (.45/70 Gov't.)
This vendor tried telling me that the MSRP on the 1894CB 'Limited' was $900.00, and that he was selling them for $682.00 + tax.

I have this guy's 'card', so, if the price is reasonable, I might have to let go of some $$$.

Lastly. . . does anyone know what makes a 'Limited' 184CB so 'Limited'???


February 25, 2007, 11:52 AM
You can find a standard model for about $425, list price on my Cowboy Limited was $592... Gander Mountain lists it at $680 (which was about the lowest price I've seen them at locally). This is one of the reasons I drove to Jensen Arms in Loveland to buy it.

I am pretty sure all the 1894 Cowboys say 'limited' on the barrel... it's the octagon barrel that makes it a premium price, plus the ser # in on the left of the receiver, rather than the tang so you can install a tang-mounted sight. (Dad mounted one of those on his 1895 CB Limited 45-70.)

February 25, 2007, 12:07 PM
And I don't own a horse, why do I suddenly want a leather scabbard?

I have the non-cowboy version of one of these. I've always wanted to try putting a scabbard on my bike.:) Unfortunately the "roads" are too rough around where I hunt, and a rifle scabbard while riding my bike around the most liberal neighborhood in the USA might make some of the folks who voted for Keith Ellison faint.

February 25, 2007, 04:40 PM
I've succumb to the lure of the Marlin Cowboy rifle twice now. Pictures like that will surely assimilate others... My 1894CB is in 45 Colt and my 1895CB is 45-70.

Does your 1894CB in 44 feed SWC style bullets?

I'm not sure if this is universal but my 1894CB will digest every style of ammo I've tried without a hitch, including the long Keith style SWC's. My plain ol' 1894 in 44 won't feed any kind of SWC... I'm wondering if the CBs are less finicky.

I understand the scabbard desire too AND the desire to put it on a bike :D

I'm going to be giving the Kifaru 'Gun Bearer' (http://www.kifaru.net/GUNBEAR.HTM ) a try out rather than sling my leverguns. If I'm lucky it will work well on the bike as well.

Tom C.
February 25, 2007, 04:51 PM
My first rifle was a Marlin 39A over 40 yrs. ago. My most recent Marlin is a 1894C in .357. It goes with a std. '94 in .44 and '94 CBs in .45 and .357.

February 25, 2007, 04:52 PM
It fed plastic wadcutter profile snap caps without a hitch. Haven't got to shoot it yet.

Can't wait to put that brass bead front sight to use.

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