Marlin 1894C .357 mag


May 14, 2008, 12:52 PM
Best load for varmits?

Wanting to replace the rear sight, suggestions? (looking for something quick)

When you take the rear sight out, who sells a plug to put it in its place, can't find one on Brownells and I know there is one there somewhere, lol.

Turned into my favorite rifle, now saving for the Cowboy version, you just have to love lever action rifles.

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May 14, 2008, 12:54 PM
What kind of varmints?

Mine is amazingly accurate with decent jacketed .38 Specials.

May 14, 2008, 12:57 PM

May 14, 2008, 01:00 PM
Williams Firesights could reasonably be described as quick, in that they are very easy to pick up.

May 14, 2008, 01:31 PM
Go here:

He's got a new peep sight that replaces the factory sight by sliding right into the dovetail. Solves both your problems in one fell swoop!

I prefer the receiver mounted peep he sells, however. You don't even have to remove the OEM rear sight, just fold it down and it's out of the way.

May 14, 2008, 02:37 PM
You don't even have to remove the OEM rear sight, just fold it down and it's out of the way.

Right--also true with Williams & Lyman Receiver Mounted Aperatures. They are quick, too--shoulder the rifle and open your eye, and there's the front sight. My favorite combo is with the Firesight fiber-optic front sight, which is a mite smaller (hence potentially a little more precise, for me) than the factory bead, and quick to draw the eye.

And for a Coyote load? Depends on what you want your Coyote to look like when you're done. If you just wanna kill it quick & sure, I'd use a 158 grain Gold Dot or XTP HP. Both because my Marlin likes that weight bullet best and because when they're going at carbine speeds, these handgun bullets will expand and do their job readily--though I would expect a sizeable exit hole. If you want the skin to bear less evidence of the means of demise, I'd use a gas-checked 180 gr. Lead flat point or mebbe Speer's 170 Gr. Flat Point Gold Dot. Either should rocket right through without making too much mess.

May 15, 2008, 05:08 AM
I like the reciever peep sight, but I would like to removed the OEM rear sight and replace it with a plug, anyone know where I can get the plug.
Best place to find those good loads? There is a cabela in Budda but its a drive.

May 15, 2008, 08:14 AM
Still don't understand why you want to remove the rear sight when it will flip down flat and doesn't interfer with the receiver peep sight?

May 15, 2008, 08:21 AM
Personal Perference is really the only reason.

May 15, 2008, 08:25 AM
When I mounted a reciever sight on my guide gun I was able to get the plug from Brownell's. I just looked in the Midway catalog and found what you're looking for on page 659 and the correct name is sight slot blank. In Brownell's the part number is either #579-087-100(blued) or #579-087-101 (silver). These are maded by Marble and this is what I used for my gun.

May 15, 2008, 06:38 PM

May 15, 2008, 07:14 PM
I had a Wms sight on my 1984C. Great sight. What I didn't like was the hammer spur. Without it, the hammer was way too close to the peep. Just seemed to keep coming loose under recoil, even after using Loctite.

I switched to a Skinner Sight. Cleaner design and no hammer spur needed. However, the height is adjustable by turning the peep by 180degree increments, so it's not infinitely adjustable. I forget how many TPI the threads are, but I recall I calculated the adjustments to be around 1 MOA per 180 degree turn.

As far as the dovetal blank, check Brownells:

Fu-man Shoe
May 15, 2008, 07:45 PM
I've recently become enamoured of the Marlin 1894c, and have decided upon
it as my next purchase. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone that actually owns
one, so getting to shoot one before I buy is sadly not an option.

I really like the idea of having common ammo, and since I reload for .38/.357
already, I figure it's a natural evolution. :D

How do they shoot though? What is the recoil, blast and noise like?
Do they shoot well with heavier bullets? How do they shoot with very light
bullets, like 110 grainers? How much of a difference in POI vs POA is there
when switching between different weight bullets, when using comparable
loads, at say 100 yards or so?

How would you rate the supplied sights, are they good or simply adequte?

May 15, 2008, 07:58 PM
Mine prefers 158 grain bullets over 125s, but those are the only 2 if used so far. Recoil is negligent, especially with 38's, it's like a 22. Very quiet with 38's as well, but even with 357s noise isn't bad either. It's a perfect complement for revolvers. Got one for my wife, and replaced the rear sight with the scout scope mount and threw a red dot on there. Now all i need is to add a reciever peep and then I can get another one for me:D

Make sure if your shooting reloads though that you apply a heavy crimp, bullet setback in the magazine tube does happen. I only wish it came with a pistol grip like the .41 mag chambered 1894.

May 15, 2008, 08:13 PM
Fu-man... the 1894c is just plain fun to shoot. With iron sights it's handy and fast on a target. My eye's aren't what the were so I opted for a small red dot sight, which works great . I bought my rifle through an online auction, had only hefted one once. I was not disappointed when it arrived.

I just started loading and my first attempts have been .38 spl, for this rifle and a S&W model 10. I have yet to test at longer distance. The first batch all went bang and some of the loads showed promise, using Unique and several dif. bullet weights and types.

Noise blast and recoil are all mild (.38 spl.). The .357 magnums are a bit stouter but still mild compared to rifle cartridge guns.

I have yet to hear anyone say..."yea I bought one and hated it, traded it off right away" Born out by the fact that they can be hard to find.

I took a friend out into the mountains shooting last summer. He is a big pistol shooter, owns several long guns and such, no pistol cartridge rifles or lever actions.. He was thoroughly stoked firing the Marlin. Big smiles on his face. Try it you'll like it.

May 16, 2008, 01:33 AM
I have owned one for about 27 years. Standard pistol loads in 38 and 357 shoot great. You can reload a bit hotter if you want but don't mix them up with the pistol rounds. Hope this helps.

May 16, 2008, 02:33 AM
I have had a marlin 1894c for sometime. I carry it often on my farm. It is amazing the reaction you get when you carry an M4 and then when you carry a lever action rifle.
The recoil to me is nothing no matter what you shoot in it. I had an 1894 in .44 mag but the cost of ammo made it too expensive to shoot as much as I wanted.
The only twos thing I'm changing is the rear sight (looks like a skinner peep sight) and wild west is making a large lever look for me.
To me it is the perfect rifle for my wants and needs.

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