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Finally ... got me a Marlin 1894CSS (.357 Magnum)!!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by MCMXI, Jun 3, 2010.

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  1. MCMXI
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    I've been wanting Marlin's new stainless version of the 1894C in .357 Magnum ever since it was first announced. They've been really hard to come by and it sure took a while for me to find one. I was able to find one this morning from my favorite online supplier. It should be here early next week and it'll make the perfect companion to either my GP100 or Python! I'll be ordering some "upgrades" such as a Wild West trigger, Wild West "bear proof" ejector, DRC stainless magazine follower and some better iron sights.

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  2. Badlander

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    They are scarce as chicken lips. Congrats on A good score!
     
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    That's such a funny expression ... and thanks!! :) For anyone that's interested, the price was $695 NIB which seems to be the going rate these days.

    :)
     
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    Couldn't pick a better lever gun to go swimming with in salt water. ;)
     
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    The only thing better than an 1894C is a stainless 1894C!
     
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    I haven't been into lever guns since I was a little kid playing with cap pistols.....but I gotta admit, that's a really sweet looking rifle !!!
     
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    That's what I figured! Now if only Marlin would come to their senses and bring out a stainless '94 in .45 Colt, "upgrade" the twist rate in the .44 Mag (stainless at least) to something sensible like 1:20 and start producing a stainless '94/'95 chambered in .454 Casull and life would be PERFECT!! Is that too much to ask?!

    This Marlin will be joining a pair of '95s in .45-70 (both stainless) and a '94 in .45 Colt (blue).

    :)
     
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    Good ideas. I would actually like to see 1:16 or 1:18 twist on the .44Mag.

    I just recently got a 1894C in .45LC. I passed on one on the shelf so the dealer could sell it to another customer (I wasn't in a hurry). It took about 2 months to get mine. I would LOVE to have a SS 1894C in .454Casull.
     
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    If we may ask, how much did it set you back?

    Since they are hard to find, I have no clue what the street price is.

    I'm envious, and I have an 1894C already!:)
     
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    ^^^^^
    Plus, I would assume, S&H & FFL fees.
     
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    ArmedBear, $695 NIB which isn't bad, but it's still $60 more than a 1894SS (.44 Mag) ... supply and demand right?! The .357 Mag is more desirable than the .44 Mag in the blue versions too if the price differential is anything to go by. Here are some other typical Marlin prices to put it in perspective.

    1894 (.44 Mag blue) $550
    1894C (.357 Mag blue) $580
    1895G (.45-70 stainless) $625
    1894SS (.44 Mag stainless) $635
    1894CSS (.357 Mag stainless) $695
    1894CB (.45 Colt) $775

    I think a '95 would be an easier option (stronger receiver) and a no brainer for Marlin. I'd prepay right now if they gave it the green light. As it stands, Legacy Sports brings the Puma rifles to the US but it looks like the .454 Casull has been discontinued based on the latest Puma spec sheet. Talk about a void for Marlin to step into.

    :)
     
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    Naturally ... $25 for the FFL and I'm not sure about shipping but when I bought an M1A from them it was $50 to ship via UPS. I have the option to add a handgun to the order (without increasing the shipping cost) before it ships tomorrow morning so I'm thinking ... a nice 3" GP100 perhaps! I already have a 4" on the way (birthday present) but a 3" just looks right to me.

    :)
     
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    I just bought an 1894 CSS for $679

    Neat rifle! I read about it. Wanted one and happened to stumble across one in my local gun store!!! I walked out the door with it.

    I shot it today. I added a Skinner Peep Sight and it is a keeper!

    I'd like to remove the safety and maybe add a saddle ring... any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Rick
     
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    Very nice. I put the order in for a 336C today. Which isn't... really the same gun, but I wanted an excuse to mention it because I can't wait to get it. :D
     
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    you guys are not helping my struggle of not buying a lever action rifle. thats a very nice piece of work! congrats!
     
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    Very nice rifle, congrats! I got the .357 Cowboy II a while back. Great fun gun.

    Why did you want to order all of the extras before the gun got home. None of it is needed at all except the better open sights.
     
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    I see that is this something of a zombie thread, but wow, I really didn't know they had ever actually released one. I thought it was semi-mythical like the taurus 9mm 1911, the ketlec rfb, duke nukem forever and the unicorn.

    now if somebody will just make a synthetic stock I'll be tickled pink. (specifically for my 1894ss 44 mag non barrel band version)
     
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    Yeah, they became available about the 2nd quarter of 2009. They're in the online catalog, but haven't been around very long.

    Now those 16" .357 variants that were made on a limited run years back - Those are pretty daggone mythical, from what I understand. Real hard to come across.


    I have a nagging question in my mind regarding this gun and the dreaded "Marlin Jam". I don't feel comfortable enough about breaking it down and dremeling it to DIY, although there are instructions online for the fix. Part of me wants to take it to my 'smith for a pre-emptive radius of the offending part. I dunno...

    ...but right now, everything is great and I love shooting mine! Another part of me says just worry later; supposedly takes thousands of rounds for the issue to show up.


    Congratulations.
     
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    I decided to go with the Saddle Ring Safety Delete from BearToothMercantile for the 1894 CSS in .357. I am thinking about rigging a one point sling to it similar to the type used on the M4.

    I went with the ringless safety delete for my recently acquired Model 336 in .35 Remington. I will probably use the .35 for Deer. The 1894 will be a plinker and woods gun. The saddle ring/one point sling will make it kinda tacticool!!

    I shot both of these rifles yesterday. The 1894 was a blast! 10+1 rounds. Very accurate.

    The 336 in .35 blew me away however, 7 rounds to "break it in", iron sights, elbows on a picnic table, target 30 yards or so away. All 7 rounds touched! This will be my deer rifle for next year. 200 Core Lokt Remingtons! Gotta love it.

    I appreciate the PMs that were sent directing me to BearTooth. Very cool!

    R
     
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    I found one of these today. I was thinking about a Ruger Vaquero Montado but this hard to find one seemed to be calling my name. I'll pick it up Monday. Hope it will be fun to shoot. Heard they had a hard time with .38s but I haven't tried it yet.
     
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    I hope it has JM on the barrel like mine!! :neener:

    And WELCOME to THR!!
     
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    Excuse the stooopid question, can you shoot 38's out of this rifles like you can out of revolvers?
     
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    handsome rifle! i got a .357 but mines a winchester trapper. i got it in a trade so im not sure what they are worth. i think its from the early 80's. they are handy little guns. no recoil whatsoever.
     
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    I put XS ghost ring sights on mine, they are staying!
     
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    Yes you can shoot 38s just like a revolver.
    I have a Marble's tang sight with a Merit adjustable peep on my blue version.
     
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