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Marlin 1894 .44mag...good price?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by M&PVolk, Oct 7, 2009.

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  1. M&PVolk

    M&PVolk Member

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    Found a "used" Marlin 1894 chambered in .44 mag. The gun appears to never have been fired. There is absolutely no sign of even having loaded the gun :eek: Gun shop owner is asking $695, which seemed a little high to me. Is this a decent price?
     
  2. Publius1688

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    No, it's high. There's one (obviously, brand new), at my local Dick's Sporting Goods right now for $599, with a $20 gift card from Dick's.
     
  3. Dr.Rob

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    That's very high, esp. if it's not the cowboy limited model with the tapered octagon barrel.
     
  4. Kivaari

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    Marlin

    You can probably find an older, vintage piece that is "pre-safety" for less which makes a bargain imho
     
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    Look on GB, thay can be had for $400 + or - a smidge. I paid 450 for my 1894ss in the local paper... $695 is WAY high
     
  6. LTR shooter

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    I would have to disagree , seems EXTREMELY HIGH to me! For a basic 1894 I would look elsewhere. If it is the Cowboy with octagon barrel it may not be too out of line? , have not really priced them.
     
  7. streakr

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    OK price for Cowboy model, either with 20' or 24" octagonal barrel. Too much for a carbine.

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  8. Hanzerik

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    I sold my Cowboy Limited 44Mag for $525, and it was almost brand new. Look around on the gun boards, you might be able to find something cheaper in price. Not to go off topic but are you set on a Marlin? I prefer the Puma Model 1892 over the Marlins, that was one of the reasons I sold it. Plus you can usually pick one up cheaper then a Marlin.
     
  9. snorko

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    Paid way less than that for a new one a few months ago.
     
  10. Publius1688

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    Hanzerik, what's the advantage of the Puma over Marlin in .44 Mag? I'm curious. Thanks.
     
  11. GRIZ22

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    You can probably find an older, vintage piece that is "pre-safety" for less which makes a bargain imho
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    I bought an older pre-safety 1894 that only showed slight signs of use for $300 a few months ago. I feel I got a bargain price.
     
  12. Hanzerik

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    Both are good makes of Guns. I don't think either have a major advantage over one another, I just prefer the smoothness of the 92 action over the Marlin's. Now this is all my opinion so don't think everything is set in stone. Just like how folks argue over Glock-Vs-1911, everyone has different opinions.

    For me the Model 1892 feels great in the hand, the Marlin Cowboy I had, even though it had a 20" octagon barrel didn't feel right TO ME. Almost too light for the size of the gun. The actions on both my Puma's are very smooth and feed all types of rounds; LSWC, JHP, JSP, RNFP. The .44 Marlin I had would have issues with LSWC if you didn't work the action fast and hard. The rounds would hang on the top edge of the chamber. The thing I like the most about the Marlin are that they are drilled and tapped, and have good aftermarket parts support. I would have to say that both guns have nice strong actions, and both have proven their durability over the decades. But for me the classic lines of the 92, the way it handles, and feels is what draws me to them.

    The only Marlin I would (will eventually) get is a 1895G in 45/70. For pistol caliber rifles/carbines I will stick with the 1892.

    20" Octagon barreled rifle and a little 16" carbine in .44 Mag
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  13. Publius1688

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    Hanzerik, thanks for the input--I'm looking at a pistol caliber lever action purchase soon, and have been debating.
    By the way, I own a Marlin 1895G in .45-70 government and love it. The recoil is stout but manageable using Hornady Leverevolution rounds. Very smooth action.
    The 20" above is right up my alley!
     
  14. M&PVolk

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    Thanks for the input guys. Yes, it is the cowboy limited model with the octagonal barrel...I think that's what drew me in :) Sounds like I will keep searching.
     
  15. BMW2

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    Cabelas has the standard carbine on sale right now for $470.
     
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    I just paid $360 OTD for a NIB puma .44. I could send it to Steve Young for and action job, get the plastic mag follower changed to steel, have the safety removed AND have a Windage-Adjustable Tang Site installed and STILL only have ~$700 into the rifle!

    I think $695 is way high for a marlin .44!
     
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    I only paid $375 for mine a couple months ago
     
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