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Marlin 1894SS

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

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  1. Paladin7

    Paladin7 Member

    Aug 16, 2003
    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

    treeprof Member

    Dec 31, 2002
  3. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy Member

    Feb 25, 2004
    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

    Corey ACP Member

    Nov 20, 2003
    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

    Avery Goodschott Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    East of Sedillo Hill
    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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