Marlin 1894c Range Report


September 6, 2008, 12:47 PM
About a month ago I picked up a new Marlin 1894c. This is a 357 Magnum lever action rifle. It was hard to find. There aren't many gun stores left in my area, and none of them had the standard rifle. One store had the cowboy version, which really doesn't appeal to me.

Anyway, I eventually found that Big V has them. I checked several of the local stores. They were all out of stock except for one store that had a damaged gun. It looked as though somebody had dropped it on a concrete slab, causing the front site to pop loose and bending the front site blade. I, obviously, did not want that gun.

A few days later, one of the local store managers called me to tell me that a different store had one coming in (I had given her my number in case one turned up somehow) and that they would honor the last sale price. I ran right down and bought it.

With my emotional pregnant wife, and a busy work schedule, I couldn't find time to take her out until Labor Day. My brother and I left in the morning and spent the day out in the desert. He mostly shot his Marlin Model 60, and I tried out the 1894c.

Wow, that's a great gun.

The stock is the smooth hardwood, not walnut, version, but it handled well.
The bluing is nice and deep. The box it came in was marked, "Model 1894CH," though the barrel is marked as, "Model 1894C." I think that it is the standard rifle action dropped into a birch stock.

From a sitting position it would put three shots in one hole at fifty yards, at the point of aim- Without site adjustments!

Shooting it freehand, I could easily hit shotgun shell casings. An old paint can fell victim to the Marlin.

22s would punch a small hole in a paint can, or glance off if it hits on an angle, but the 357 would tear out big chunks of metal.

The Marlin is so Cool!

At the end of the afternoon my bro' and I sat down in lawn chairs, threw back a couple of Coors, and enjoyed the beauty of the California desert. The Marlin is a great gun and that was a great day.

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September 6, 2008, 01:45 PM
The more you shoot it the more your gonna like it. Mine is the walnut version and its my hands down favorite rifle. I can do anything I want with that gun and my handloads.

Save your brass. If you don't reload now I bet you will in the future.

Thats a really nice place to shoot by the way.

September 6, 2008, 08:28 PM
Nice range report. Are you gonna scope it ? What ammo did you use ???

September 6, 2008, 08:40 PM
Nice rifle. I have heard nothing but good things about these rifles. It is on the short list for me.

September 6, 2008, 08:50 PM
Nah, I'm not going to scope it. The 357 doesn't have the long range capability to require a scope, and it seems to be accurate enough at shorter ranges with iron sites. I was shooting a combination of 38 Special Winchester White Box and 357 reloads. I really like this gun.

September 7, 2008, 01:15 AM
It is a sweet, sweet gun - one of my favorites. I like that I can shoot it on the pistol range around here. "You can't shoot a rifle like that here!" "Oh, yes, I can..."

September 7, 2008, 02:03 AM
Looks like you were out by Victorville?? I think I can see the cement plants behind you in the photo.

Glad you like your new Marlin, they are a ton of fun.


September 7, 2008, 02:28 AM
Yes, we were close to Victorville. Actually, this is the old mining area outside Edwards on the southeast.

September 7, 2008, 02:46 AM
Mauser, how do you shoot that carbine with no eyes? :scrutiny:

September 7, 2008, 03:03 AM
I use peep sights.

September 7, 2008, 11:32 AM
I've got the same rifle...a keeper! I sure wish I lived in your area, I'd shoot it more often. Man, outside in the flat desert, nothing around for miles. That has to be fun (and safe). What is that funky looking tree next to you?

September 7, 2008, 12:13 PM
That tree is called a Joshua Tree. It's like a cross between a cactus and a palm tree. They are very common out here in the desert at the higher elevations. They consist of a skinny trunk covered with a fibrous coat. The branches terminate with these small cactus like bloom. They are funky.

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