Anyone own a Marlin 1894c??


January 25, 2004, 09:27 AM
I'm talking myself into buying one. What do you think of yours, What do you use yours for and what would you say to talk someone else into buying one.:D :D :D

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Kentucky Rifle
January 25, 2004, 09:46 AM
I don't hunt anymore, so I use mine for "just shooting". When I can make it out to the woods, it's my 1894C that goes with me. I like it better than my AR-15.
I'm not planning on going back to war. My AR is a lot of fun, and my wife loves it--but my Marlin is easier to clean and prettier to look at. (IMO) If you wanted to hunt deer with it, there are .357 mag rounds with which you could do it.
I wish Terry Murbach of Cor-Bon Ammo would vist more often. He'll make you feel REALLY GOOD about .357 mag lever rifles. :)


January 25, 2004, 05:02 PM
I have an 1894, mainly for targets and plinking. Fitted with a nice peep sight (soon) it would serve well if I wanted to do some still hunting style deer hunting. In a SHTF scenario it would be useful for goblins in and around the yard ... and the next yard over. It's short, handy and quick to aim.

Range time has been pretty fun with it, recoil is mild ... plenty more than a .22 but a lot easier than my 30-06.

January 25, 2004, 05:47 PM
If you're interested in a Marlin rifle, you may want to search through the Marlin forums -

As for the rifles themselves. I own the 16inch barrel 1894CP (with AO ghost ring sights of course), it was an impulse buy, I'm very pleased with it and it is definately one of my favourite rifles.

Brian Williams
January 25, 2004, 06:49 PM
Just do a search here for 1894 and at Marlintalk and you will find plenty of info on these great guns. I have taken a real liking to the 357 Magnum and this gun was one of the reasons. A 1894 c is such fun that it is one of the three guns that always go to the range with me. The only addition I made to mine was the Marble's Tang sight, which I choose because of the windage adjustment that it has. I shoot a lot of 158 gr LSWC and a few 158 gr xtp sp.
And of course I will post my favorite pic of mine.

Kentucky Rifle
January 26, 2004, 09:35 AM
Are those CCI "Shot-Shells" at the top of your picture?

KR(<>< too)

January 26, 2004, 10:03 AM
As a matter of fact, I just bought one yesterday (.357/.38spl). But it is so bitterly cold outside today (below zero here in Maine), that I haven't done more than read the manual, and cycled dummy rounds through it so far.

A very good web bulletin board for Marlins is here:

click on "Marlin Talk", then go to "Cowboy rifles"

Brian Williams
January 26, 2004, 11:11 AM
Yep they are I keep them for my revolvers while canoeing or hiking. I never tried them in the marlin but ???? maybe next time at the range.

January 26, 2004, 11:51 AM
Now that I own an 1894C, I don't know why I waited so long to get one.

Shoots like a dream, is lightweight, ammunition is fairly cheap (and shares with a revolver), has a classic design, recoils lightly, and most importantly, even my wife likes it.

Maybe I need to get her one of her own.

January 26, 2004, 12:12 PM
I have one in .45 LC and use it for the 50 yard off-hand internet rifle league I'm in. It shoots very nice.

Its not hard to take apart to clean but I don't like having to take out the screws each time to do so. You have to be careful not to mess up the screw slots.

Very well made rifle.

Kentucky Rifle
January 26, 2004, 12:53 PM
Make sure that the screw slots and the tool itself is clean. Better chance of not messing up the screw-heads.

Brian: Hummm. I've wondered about shot shells from my 1894C too. Let me know how it works. :)


January 26, 2004, 04:57 PM
They are very nice. My 1894C was the first longarm I bought as a companion for my revolvers. I still haven't got around to buying a set of those AO ghost ring sights for it but I definitely will this year. I just wish there was a practical way to do an levergun in .45ACP.

January 26, 2004, 05:34 PM
My 1894c is my only centerfire rifle at present. It makes a lot of sense for me, and I love the thing. I got it basically because (well, because I wanted it of course, and because) I already reloaded for a couple of .357 revolvers. That being the case, it's been easy, inexpensive, and pleasant for me to work up loads that squeeze out all the accuracy and power this rifle (and the .357) has to offer. Not only is it fun and light to handle and shoot; using a lyman rear apeture sight (with the large 'hunting' aperture) and the standard front sight, I can hit a big grapefruit all day long at 100 yards--with a 158 gr. JSP moving over 1800 fps at the barrel. I haven't hunted, but I look forward to doing so in the next couple of years; and if the game I hunt is not larger than small deer, this will definitely be the rifle I hunt with. In the meantime, it's just a lot of fun--and dirt cheap--to load and shoot.

I like the Marlin so much I would think very hard about getting another, if I felt I eventually needed a larger rifle for hunting; probably a 1895 in 45-70 for the woodsy elk or black bear of Western Washington, where I anticipate being when I get to hunting.

The 1894c is a fun gun, and one you just feel good handling. And, of course, I wouldn't feel bad about it in the remote possibility that some situation arose where I wanted a home/neighborhood defense weapon with more range and/or capacity than a shotgun. It'd do that job just fine. I've bought guns I regretted--but the 1894 is surely not one of them, and never will be.


January 26, 2004, 06:05 PM
I have a 1894 CP (16".357/.38) and a 1894 CBC (20" oct. .38 competition). I love them both. The CP model has a peep sight and scout rail w/red dot. Very accurate with .38's and especially with 180 grain mag loads, which is good because the heavy loads hold their velocity better at longer ranges. The CBC is so smooth and the trigger is exellent! It will put 10 shots of cowboy ammo (Win .38 RNFP) into 1-1/2" at 50 yards (bench).

January 26, 2004, 06:37 PM
I just bought one but haven't had a chance to take it out to shoot it. Is it normal for it to have a rattle in the area of the magazine tube? Mine does. :uhoh:

4v50 Gary
January 27, 2004, 12:12 AM
I've got the .357 Marlin & the 44 Marlin. The .357 is more fun for shooting pleasure (also more affordable).

January 27, 2004, 12:45 AM
If you're wanting to do some hunting do consider the .44 magnum chambering. I have one and it's probably my favorite long gun after my shotgun. .44 magnum out of a rifle barrel is getting up into rifle cartridge performance with good hand-loads and short ranges ( < 100 yards for real thump)

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