Marlin still makes a solid, well-made, well-finished gun. Easy to clean, too, and mine shoots nice little groups. Works well with .38 Special, also, which makes it a versatile companion for a revolver.
March 24, 2008, 03:52 PM
delete this post please, my mistake
March 24, 2008, 03:59 PM
See if you can find a used Rossi. Its a copy of a Winchester 1892 and a nice gun. I have a Navy Arms I picked up for a little over 300 at a gun store. When I bought it it felt better than any Marlin 94 I have ever felt and when I got done changing the springs and polishing the internals it felt 10x better than that. The only complaint I have about it is the sights but a Marble semi buckhorn rear sight in the future.
March 24, 2008, 04:15 PM
cool....300-400 was the price range I was hoping to get in so these suggestions sound good to me so far
Didn't consider the .38spl factor....do all these .357 guns shoot 38spl too (like a revolver) or only some of them?
March 24, 2008, 08:13 PM
As long as it is a round nose flat point type bullet my gun will eat it.
March 24, 2008, 11:37 PM
I wentr to Big 5 today and wasn't impressed with the wood on the ones I looked at.
March 24, 2008, 11:50 PM
Pistol-caliber carbines cost more than rifle-caliber ones. I'd expect to pay an extra $200 or so for a new one.
March 25, 2008, 12:04 AM
Mine is well fitted and finished. It is not, however, like the nice walnut on my higher-end Marlins. It is neither checkered, nor walnut.
Depends what you want it for, and what you want to spend on it. $399 is at least $100 less than you could expect to pay for a walnut 1894C; probably more than $100 less. For that, and for the immediate availability, I bit. I won't feel bad about actually using it as intended, that way.:)
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