Marlin 1889


February 4, 2012, 10:05 PM
Well, I just got home with a Marlin 1889 manufactured in 1893 for less than the cost of a used Hi-point. She is ugly as hell on the outside, but locks up tight and has a great bore. Will be trying her out with some of the anemic CAS loads that advertise a MV of 700 FPS.

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February 5, 2012, 09:20 AM
What caliber?

February 5, 2012, 05:20 PM

February 5, 2012, 08:10 PM
Sweet. Looks like fun.

February 13, 2012, 08:37 AM
Well, I detail stripped it, attempted the electrolysis method to kill the active rust, and replaced all the springs. (An adventure in itself.) I got it all back together yesterday, and took it out with a few of the Ultramax CAS loads. There is only one word to describe it: FUN! The anemic little CAS loads sound about like a PCP airgun; that is until they ring steel.

February 13, 2012, 10:36 AM
The ugly stick in all of its glory:

February 13, 2012, 11:59 AM
Heh. Pretty is as pretty does!

That is plain great, thanks for sharing.

February 13, 2012, 12:02 PM

February 13, 2012, 12:05 PM
I don't think that's ugly a bit, I wouldn't mind that in my safe, at all.

February 13, 2012, 02:29 PM

February 13, 2012, 05:16 PM
Think you might have something more than you think... Standard barrel length on the 1889 was 24 inches. Your rifle looks to me like it has a longer tube. (Marlin offered barrels over standard length - up to 32 inches - at a dollar an inch.) Might want to measure yours. Special order rifles carry a significant
increase in value Folks at and have a wealth of information available.

Round barrel or octagon? And what kind of sights does it carry? The bottles kind of obscure a good view of the old horse.

February 13, 2012, 05:57 PM
Air, it is a 24" octagon. The bottles are rather strategically placed to hide ugly spots. One, the pitting near the muzzle, and two the boogered screw head from when I got a little P/O'ed after the third time taking things apart to get the piano wire replacement mainspring to work. I sliced my thumb, and instead of walking away, I kept going. Not the best laid plan.

February 13, 2012, 09:42 PM
Son of a gun! I'd have sworn that had a longer than standard barrel. Good honest old 1889 nonetheless. Enjoy!

Owen Sparks
February 13, 2012, 10:15 PM
How many rounds does that thing hold?

February 13, 2012, 10:28 PM
I haven't attempted it, but I'm pretty sure it is 15. After doing the requisite ciphering, 14 and 1 in the chamber.

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