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Marlin 1894C...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Kentucky Rifle, Nov 10, 2003.

  1. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam

    Took the 1894 out again yesterday. I've gotta say it. This is ONE rifle that is just getting better & better.
    When I first got it, I thought that it should be a little "smoother". However, after I've had it out a few times, it's smoothed out and is truly smooth as glass. When I got home, I field stripped and cleaned in less than 15 minutes. AND, it wouldn't even have taken 15 minutes if I hadn't stopped to admire this & that. Several years ago, I went shooting with a guy who turned to me and said, "Marlins are the best"! He was right. I've kinda settled on the Gold Dot 170gr "GDSP" as the .357 I like the best. Although to the Marlin, ANY load (that I've tried) is just fine.

  2. NeverAgain26

    NeverAgain26 Well-Known Member


    I have the 1894SS in 44 Mag. I was wondering, do you notice any difference in accuracy when the barrel heats up?

  3. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam


    Maybe SS makes a difference???

  4. NeverAgain26

    NeverAgain26 Well-Known Member

    I don't see why. Steel is steel and finish should not make much of a difference, I think. The only reason I am asking is I saw something on this over on the Marlintalk forum and wondered what your experience might be.

    I initially had some good groups but then they spread out. Could be my eyes (got a scope and will shoot it next week) or could be this is my first rifle and I am still working on form and shooting skills with long guns.

    While I am doing that, I was interested in the effect of the barrel heating up and whether that's something affecting group size in this gun. If it's part of it, I will know and not drive myself crazy thinking it's only my shooting skills (or lack thereof):) .

    Thanks for your input in any case. I do love the gun.

  5. Kentucky Rifle

    Kentucky Rifle Member In Memoriam


    I've got a REAL bad back. I get tired fast just because I've got to use up so much "brain power" just to maintain an upright position. If I get just a little tired, my groups open up *dramatically.

  6. farscott

    farscott Well-Known Member

    I disagree with this. Different steels are affected by heat in different manners, and dissipate that heat at different rates. There can be a vast difference in material specifications between steels, especially since stainless steel is such a fuzzy nomenclature (usually deals with the amount of chromium in the alloy). I am aware of at least one stainless versus carbon steel issue in handguns, namely in early S&W stainless steel revolvers. S&W had to redesign since the stainless steel handled heating differently than the carbon steels that they had sucessfully used for many years.

    Since Marlin does not have a lot of experience with centerfire rounds and stainless steel, it is possible (not probable) that there is an issue related to barrel temperature. It is also possible there is a machining issue, although I think those issues are long in the past.
  7. OH25shooter

    OH25shooter Well-Known Member

    Kentucky Rifle,

    You are right. What a neat rifle. I hope you've got a Ruger Blackhawk 38/357 to match.

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