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    Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited in 357 Magnum...is this a good price?

    Hi All,

    I apologize for this post being my first one but I've been lurking around her for a while without an account. Since I didn't have a Marlin, I didn't feel inclined to join the community but I have recently found the opportunity to change that. A friend of mine is an appraiser and met a man today that has one of these he wants to sell. He's asking $1000 for it. My buddy text me the info and when I spoke with this man he told me details about the gun:

    Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited
    20" octagon barrel
    JM Stamp on it (not sure what that means?)


    He said he was firm on the price because they're not made anymore but needs to get rid of it to pay some bills. So here I am asking you fine gents...is that a good deal on this gun or should I keep looking? If it's not a good deal is it at least a fair price? I haven't been able to find one in the month or so I've been looking and all of the sale ads I've come across are old so I'm not sure I can rely on the sale prices being correct with today's market.

    Thanks in advance,
    Justin

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    Price seems reasonable. Compare it to this one on Gunbroker.

    Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited 45 Colt W/ Original Box : Lever Action Rifles at GunBroker.com

    The JM stamp means it was made by Marlin before Marlin sold out to Remington. Remingtons are stamped REP. FYI, JM is stamped on the port side of the barrel near the receiver; REP is on the starboard side. Quality of the REP models is very poor. The JM stamp means it is a higher quality.
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    Oops, forgot to add that the serial # is 93215xxx. If that makes any sense/difference.

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    You can use that serial number to track down the production date. Some of the experts will be along soon to tell you how to do it.
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    A 93 serial would be 2007. I'll warn ya though about a 357 levergun. They're about the most fun you can have with your pants on and I'd also invest in reloading for it too. They're about as hungry as a hollow legged teenage boy.

    The JM & REP are proofmarks. Each gun manufacturer here in the US has their own. It means that the gun was proof tested by firing a very high pressure test load in it. JM is the old Marlin factory's proofmark and REP is Remington's. So it's a good way to tell who actually made the gun. Especially since Remington continued to use the old Marlin address on the barrel for guns that they made in Ilion NY.
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    The prices for the "JM" rifles are steadily climbing. With the combined facts that the 357 Mag. is the most sought after caliber at the present time and the Cowboy models are always more expensive than the standard models, you would be extremely lucky to get one any cheaper. IF the rifle is in excellent shape, I would buy it for that price.
    Just remember Murphy's law. If you buy it, tomorrow you will find one cheaper, but if you don't buy it, you will never find one at that low of a price again.
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    It sounds like I found a pretty fair deal, and being as how it's a "JM" rile that means the quality is there. I was going back and forth between getting it and not, but i think what pushed me over the fence was this:

    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTE222 View Post
    Remember Coyote's law. You could die tomorrow, so enjoy life while you are on the green side of the grass!........Buy it and enjoy it!!!!
    Thanks!
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    I think that $1,000 +or- is about the going price for a nib model. I'm not sure whether the .357s are not being made any more, but they sure are hard to find. I bought mine about 3 years ago and the price has steadily increased and the availability has steadily decreased. It's by far my favorite gun (handguns or long guns). I don't think you'll regret the purchase, if you can afford it and the the rifle is in good shape.
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    Ya know what's better than a rifle in 357 Mag? Two of them! You're halfway there now.
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