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Marlin 1894 .357 Rifle...Who owns one??

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Southern Shooter, Feb 12, 2008.

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  1. Southern Shooter

    Southern Shooter Member

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    Who at THR owns a Marlin 1894 .357 rifle? What has been your experience with it?

    Thanks
     
  2. waterhouse

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    I've got one, tons of fun to shoot. After .22s it is my most shot rifle. I haven't used it for anything other than plinking, so I'm of little help in the accuracy dept.
     
  3. MrBorland

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    I have one, too. Same sentiments as Waterhouse. Very versatile and loads of fun. Some have reported feeding issues with .38spls, but I haven't had any problems.

    Hardest thing might be actually finding one - last I checked, they were tough to come by.
     
  4. ArmedBear

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    Me! I do, I do! Me, me, me!

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  5. Wolfgang2000

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    I and my wife each own one. It's a very fun gun to shoot. I had a Marlin 44 mag. It was a nice rifle and very accurate. But it was one of those guns that you would check the zero or hunt with it then put it up. The 357 on the other hand is one of those guns, that when you take it to the range you are sorry you didn't bring more ammo!
     
  6. ArmedBear

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    The only accuracy tests I've done were with WWB .38 Special FNFMJ ammo. It was excellent, given that I was using the standard iron sights and just resting it on a shooting bench while kneeling at an indoor range. At 20 yards, my test group of 4 can be covered with a quarter.
     
  7. Landlocked Pirate

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    I love mine. If I was limited to one long gun this would probably it (unless I decided on my Marlin 39).
     
  8. BamBam-31

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    Ditto the above. My 1894c is one of the funnest carbines to shoot, period. Everyone that shoots it wants one. Very soft shooting.

    My accuracy test was at 50 yds., and it was, IIRC, something like a 1" 5-shot group w/ Williams FO and aperture sights.
     
  9. Rampant_Colt

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    my only gripe is the micro-groove rifling when firing some lead bullets, and a gritty trigger.
    Overall excellent rifle!
     
  10. ArmedBear

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    Gritty triggers are just a sign that the guns wants to be shot more.:D
     
  11. Rampant_Colt

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    It could hold the entire weight of the carbine upside down with my finger on the trigger without it going off [unloaded, of course] The carbine weighs 6 pounds....
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    Mine is pretty new and it's not like that. Go figure. Maybe Marlin will fix it for you if it's that bad.

    Of course, you can get a stainless steel trigger/sear set from Wild West and have a smooth 2-3 lb. pull. I'm tempted...
     
  13. Seafarer12

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    Just take it apart and polish the stuff up yourself and change the springs out if your not happy with the trigger or action on it. I am planning on doing that to my Navy Arms 92 when I get some better springs for it. I probably won't polish much because it already has a smooth action. I just want to et some lighter springs for it. I just hate one person doesn't have all the parts I want to get for my 92. I don't want to pay 30 bucks in shipping for a few little items.
     
  14. Rock_Steady

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    I like mine alot - but I have problems with it shooting "patterns" with lead bullets, even at velocities that are pretty whimpy. After starting to use raniers in it, I got much better results - and mine is a ballard rifled barrel. I have no experience with the micro-groove rifling. I fixed my woes all aorund by installing an XS scout scope setup and shooting plated bullets or better. With that setup I'm hitting clay pigeons on the 100 yard berm, offhand. Very light, handy rifle, would love to have one that wasn't used and had the sights all hacked up.
     
  15. molonlabetn

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    I have an 1894CB with the 20" octagonal barrel. It is the most fun gun I own. There must be some difference between the triggers on the regular 1894s and the Cowboy model, because if I even think about pulling the trigger, it will fire... and it breaks as smooth as glass (my fing'o'meter says it's about a 1 1/2 - 2lb pull-weight). It's certainly a do-it-all gun, considering that you can fire anything from a 200ft-lb .38spl to a hot 1000ft-lb .357mag load.
     
  16. Starter52

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    I've had mine for years (pre-crossbolt safety) and I love it.
     
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    1894CB, 20" octagonal barrel. Mild recoil, not really useful for hunting, more expensive to shoot than something in .22. Nonetheless, it's fun to shoot and I like shooting..........
     
  18. Rampant_Colt

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    My biggest gripe is you're stuck with either micro-groove rifling and pre-crossbolt safety; or [available] octagon barrel with ballard/button groove rifling with cross-bolt safety
    :banghead:

    If you'll be shooting a lot of lead bullets get the newer model with ballard/button rifling. If most of your shooting will be with jacketed bullets then go with a micro-groove used '94

    different strokes....
     
  19. Glockman17366

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    Got an 1894C here too...great rifle for plinking and goes quite well with that Ruger SP 101 on your hip!
     
  20. JustsayMo

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    I wouldn't worry about the Microgroove rifling. A few of my Marlins have it and I shoot lead bullets most of the time. One of my Microgroove 336 30-30's shoots lead better than my 336 Cowboy with the Ballard rifling. Sized and lubed correctly I get no detectable leading. Another advantage is the MG barrels are easier to clean.
     
  21. grimjaw

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    I had one, wish I hadn't sold it now. :(

    jm
     
  22. glockman19

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    I have a 1894SS in .44mag. I love it and wand a .357. I am looking for a stainless version of the 1894C to partner with my S&W 686.
     
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    Had one years ago micro grove rifling and it shot 180 gr RNFP that I cast from a Redding mold using lino type. Those with micro grove rifling might want to try bore/fire lapping the bore to improve the accuracy with lead bullets.
    Midway sells a kit don't remember how much.
     
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    a shooting buddy has one I've shot some, it's the short barrel version. I like it, good shooter. he loads his own for it and a Blackhawk - some of 'em hot, it's impressive.
     
  25. gunsnmoses

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    I had one that shot great but wouldn't feed 38s very often. The action would bind up and I couldn't move the lever. Had to start taking it apart to unjam it.
    Gave it to a friend and advised to only use 357.

    Is there a fix for that?
     
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