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Marlin 1894SS

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Paladin7, Oct 4, 2004.

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  1. Paladin7

    Paladin7 Member

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    What is your educated opinion of the Marlin 1894SS 44 magnum, or equivalent in blue steel?

    I am considering the rifle for many reasons, plinking, hunting and trail/home defense. Of the examples i've seen, they look and feel like quality, light, powerful and point very well. I reload .44 special so I will continue to roll my own specials and magnums.

    What sort of problems have you experienced?

    What sort of accuracy can I expect?

    How does the combo perform on deer/black bear sized game?

    Any thoughts pro/con are greatly appreciated.

    - Paladin7
     
  2. treeprof

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    I don't currently own one (trying to remedy that) but have shot many. Quick handling, 10 shots in a compact lightweight package. Powerful enough to drop most animals at under 100 yards, and will do just fine on people (Remember, most leverguns in the old west were .44-40).

    I like the XSS ghost ring sight, it really speeds up acquisition time.

    They are accurate enough to do the job but no .44 levergun is a "tack driver" however, it will hit what you aim at where you aimed the majority of the time.
     
  4. Corey ACP

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    My Marlin 1894 is the older one with the micro groove barrel. It WILL NOT shoot any type of full magnum velocity loads that use a cast lead bullet. Jacketed slugs, like the 240 gr XTP are another matter as are my own reloads that feature a 200 gr. RNFP at less than full velocity. 1 1/2 - 2" groups with the original buckhorn sights at 75 yds with these loads are no problem. If you want the load data I use, PM me and I will be glad to share.

    The rifle itself is a load of fun, the kids enjoy it and that BIG hole in the end is always a good thing. Be sure to check the screws on the sideplate as sometimes they will become loose after an extended period.

    Never personally shot 44 specials out of it so I have no first hand knowledge with that.....Corey
     
  5. Avery Goodschott

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    I own one with the add-on ghost ring and it shoots darn well. Action is very smooth and reliable. Solid as a dollar.
     
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