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Time to cowboy up...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dr.Rob, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    or dress in Vaquero y Villaista fashion, because my Marlin 1894CB in 44 Magnum finally arrived. Flat bolt, tapered octagon barrel that looks as big as a sewer pipe from the business end... just what the Doctor ordered.

    Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet, but that bandolier from Hunter holds 85 rounds of 300gr ammo... should make for a lovely range day.

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  2. wrc

    wrc Well-Known Member


    Oh, man! I had just gotten a whole savings regimen going. Now there's this .44 envy I have to get over...
  3. Pointman

    Pointman Well-Known Member

    Very nice!

    Don't leave that Hunter bando loaded long term or you'll have thick green bands on your ammo in short order.
  4. Smokin Gator

    Smokin Gator Well-Known Member

    I've got one of the older 44 mag cowboy models with 24" barrel. Got a 44-40 20" after I switched to shooting black powder. Next I will probably get an Uberti 73 (Winchester 73 copy) in 44-40... Marlins are very easy to smooth up, too.
  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    On the bandolier, yeah my hands got pretty oily loading it up... I kind of bought it on a whim and it looked neat with the rifle. Actually a pretty comfortable way to carry a lot of ammo.

    Showed it to my brother yesterday, now he wants one. (Think he's going to go with the standard 1894 model)

    Has anyone put a saddle ring on these?

    Or, if a fellow wanted to add a sling... would it be better to use a clamp-style mount on the magazine tube or replace the fore-end cap?

    PS I could have bought an AK, an SKS and a Moisin Nagant for what this cost. :uhoh:

    And I don't own a horse, why do I suddenly want a leather scabbard?
  6. iamkris

    iamkris Well-Known Member

    I definitely need to get a better picture taken of my cowboy rig...but here they are

    • Winchester 1897 12 GA
    • Pedersoli Sharps Billy Dixon .45-70
    • 2 Ruger Vaqueros, .45 Colt
    • Rossi Win 1892 .45 Colt

  7. byf43

    byf43 Well-Known Member

    Dr. Rob,

    That's one nice looking rifle!!!!!

    If you don't mind, how many $$$ did you have to let go of, for that 1894CB?

    I went to a local gunshow last Sunday, and one vendor had two (2) 1894CB 'Limited' in .44 mag.

    Now, I gotta tell ya that I am a BIG fan of octagonal barrels. I already have the 1895CB (.45/70 Gov't.)
    This vendor tried telling me that the MSRP on the 1894CB 'Limited' was $900.00, and that he was selling them for $682.00 + tax.

    I have this guy's 'card', so, if the price is reasonable, I might have to let go of some $$$.

    Lastly. . . does anyone know what makes a 'Limited' 184CB so 'Limited'???

  8. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    You can find a standard model for about $425, list price on my Cowboy Limited was $592... Gander Mountain lists it at $680 (which was about the lowest price I've seen them at locally). This is one of the reasons I drove to Jensen Arms in Loveland to buy it.

    I am pretty sure all the 1894 Cowboys say 'limited' on the barrel... it's the octagon barrel that makes it a premium price, plus the ser # in on the left of the receiver, rather than the tang so you can install a tang-mounted sight. (Dad mounted one of those on his 1895 CB Limited 45-70.)
  9. ReadyontheRight

    ReadyontheRight Well-Known Member

    I have the non-cowboy version of one of these. I've always wanted to try putting a scabbard on my bike.:) Unfortunately the "roads" are too rough around where I hunt, and a rifle scabbard while riding my bike around the most liberal neighborhood in the USA might make some of the folks who voted for Keith Ellison faint.
  10. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Well-Known Member

    I've succumb to the lure of the Marlin Cowboy rifle twice now. Pictures like that will surely assimilate others... My 1894CB is in 45 Colt and my 1895CB is 45-70.

    Does your 1894CB in 44 feed SWC style bullets?

    I'm not sure if this is universal but my 1894CB will digest every style of ammo I've tried without a hitch, including the long Keith style SWC's. My plain ol' 1894 in 44 won't feed any kind of SWC... I'm wondering if the CBs are less finicky.

    I understand the scabbard desire too AND the desire to put it on a bike :D

    I'm going to be giving the Kifaru 'Gun Bearer' (http://www.kifaru.net/GUNBEAR.HTM ) a try out rather than sling my leverguns. If I'm lucky it will work well on the bike as well.
  11. Tom C.

    Tom C. Well-Known Member

    My first rifle was a Marlin 39A over 40 yrs. ago. My most recent Marlin is a 1894C in .357. It goes with a std. '94 in .44 and '94 CBs in .45 and .357.
  12. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    It fed plastic wadcutter profile snap caps without a hitch. Haven't got to shoot it yet.

    Can't wait to put that brass bead front sight to use.

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