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Thread: Quality of new Marlin 1894 .357



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    Tenderfoot
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    Quality of new Marlin 1894 .357

    I'm interested in purchasing a new Marlin 1894C but have read that the quality of the firearms isn't what is used to be. Has anyone recently purchased a new one and are the problems as many as some posts make them out to be? Living in the UK it's quite hard to shop around for rifles so I've not had a chance to check any new ones out at retailers.

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    bought an 1894ss on 8 2011 in 44 mag i'm not disappointed. my only gripe was the checkering on the forearm sucks and i had to polish the innards. wood to metal was nice and no buggered up screw heads. and it feeds and shoots good

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    I just recently picked up a used (like new) 2011 model 1894cs 357 and it is a very nice gun. No blemishes, or other problems at all. Very happy with it

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    I have a 2011 1894c that is awesome, just as good as my 1894 with JM stamp.

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    I bought they .357 in July. worried me to death until I received it and looked it over. It was perfect, no issues as forums advised. Vance outdoors made it easier, when contacted they said . When go to FFL to pick up ,look it over, don't accept if it is not to my liking. I will return ship free through your FFL. That is as easy as it gets. I did change sights to Skinner peep and Marbels front bead 1/16 gold . It works and shoots great. Wish there was a logical reason to own two....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimh4662 View Post
    Wish there was a logical reason to own two....
    Logic doesn't enter into it. You need different ones for different occasions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimh4662 View Post
    I bought they .357 in July. worried me to death until I received it and looked it over. It was perfect, no issues as forums advised. Vance outdoors made it easier, when contacted they said . When go to FFL to pick up ,look it over, don't accept if it is not to my liking. I will return ship free through your FFL. That is as easy as it gets. I did change sights to Skinner peep and Marbels front bead 1/16 gold . It works and shoots great. Wish there was a logical reason to own two....
    You need one for spare parts if one should break.....that's logic right?
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    I bought a RM***, Northhaven, CT Marlin last month $680 NIB. I was afraid I over paid for it, but I figured at least I got it. Held it for 10 days before getting the chance to shoot it. During that time I worked a few hundred dummies through it and worked the action a bunch. Then went to the ranch for a test.

    I took it out of the truck and looked it over with my friend who has a couple of vintage Marlin 336's. He picked up a piece of pvc and tossed it in his pond - probably only at about 20 yards. I hit it just as it hit the water and sent it up 8 feet in the air. I was hooked. then we set up the 'range'. We set up at 50 yards and proceeded to sight in the rifle. Using cheapo Federal .38 spls, and holding the rifle free-standing (friend refuses to use a bench rest) all shots were on paper, and when the 15-20 mph wind laid down, groups were coming in at about 3". Stock open sights, free standing, non-expert marksman, I found those groupings with the cheap .38 ammo to be just fine.

    Proceeded to feed .38 SJHP, .357 128 gr, 158 gr SJFP/SWCs, EVERYTHING fed with no problems. The only thing is that I have to keep the rifle either horizontal or pointed down to feed smoothly. Pointing up while working the action led to binding at the breech, but levelling the gun allowed it to feed properly.

    Some observations: I don't like the floppy trigger, although I understand this is a pre-Rem 'feature'. The fit and finish is not great. the metal-to-wood fit is poor (but not as bad as my Model 60). The metal-to-metal fit is good. The internals are unfinished and sharp as hell. I had one minor issue with the lever screw trying to cross-thread when I went to re-install it. had to re-tap the thread as the screw wasn't quite long enought o open it from the reverse side of the lever.

    Overall I love the rifle. I had planned on perhaps putting a Skinner sight on it, but the stock buckhorn seems to be adequate - at least out to 50-75 yards. I've installed a leather thong on the lever, and will get a sling for it. I may invest in a Wild West "Happy Trigger" if it takes the noisy flop out.

    Sorry so long, but this is the first chance I've taken to write up my experiences with the 1894c. BTW, I just saw two 1894c's on Cabela's used rack for $550 @, and a 1894SS for $650.

    Up next I'm on the hunt for a 6" S&W Model 28.
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    I have the 1894C, purchased at a local sports chain. Functions fine, shoots straigth on the ten hole at 75 yards. Old eyes, so I must use a 3-7x32 scope. I walked it out the door for just a little over $500.00 brand new in box from Remlin. The finish is great, the bluing is great. So far.........so good.

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    I bought 2 one in .44 mag & one in .357 mag and so far they have never failed to fire except due to my lack of experience with a lever gun I loaded the .357b up with a bunch of .38 spl and had a blast with it but when I attempted to shoot a .357 the casing was stuck I have since learned from this forum I may add to clean out the powder residue from .38 spl prior to shooting .357 mag or the case will get stuck and not eject.

    I can also add that Marlins customer service seems to be pretty decent I had a chunk of wood come out of the stock on my .44 mag on my first trip to the range. I called Marlin and within 2 weeks I had a brand new stock delivered to my door. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.


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