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1894C Vs M1A Scout (Reliability)

Discussion in 'Gunsmithing and Repairs' started by JohnnyFlyGuy, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. JohnnyFlyGuy

    JohnnyFlyGuy New Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Hi all,

    I was wondering what gun would hold up, and function, better over a long period of time, being exposed to the elements, when used as an outdoor camp/hunt/survival gun?

    Marlin 1894C (357 Mag) or the M1A Scout???

    I wasn't sure how the lever would match up vs magazine fed after being exposed to the elements. Thanks.
  2. eastbank

    eastbank Senior Member

    Jul 30, 2009
    the lever would handle different types of ammo, but the lever would not be better to strip down and clean than a m1A, it would be smaller and easier to carry but would have less range. the lever would not have the power of the m1A or the quick reload of the m1A(magazines). but over all either one could be used and would get the job done in most cases. eastbank.
  3. Jim K

    Jim K Elder

    Dec 31, 2002
    The M1A is an M14 clone; as such it is a military rifle, intended to be field stripped and cleaned and designed to be as reliable as possible. The 94 is a fine rifle but it is slow to load, hard to clean, really hard to take down, and sensitive to dirt and rust. Also, .308 Winchester has a LOT more power than .357.

    Unless there are other factors (like laws) I would go with the M1A as a survival gun.


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