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Think I'm ready to take the plunge and purchase a 357 marlin. Found a used pre safety but I'm unsure if I should bid on it. Picture doesn't show the marlin bullseye and the stock and reciever show some wear. Bid is at $505. How much do you all think its worth?
It's on the high end of OK; I'd shop around. You should be able to get one LNIB for not more than $600. On the other hand, I've been offered $425 for mine and it is used, used, used, but has no bluing wear except at the muzzle and really good wood. It won't ever be for sale, however.
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It looks pretty clean to me however I'm thinking the sling stud may have been placed into the bulls eye by bubba. The receiver looks to be just a bad camera angle but buyer beware. 23 hrs to go so no rush to bid if I was you. Let it ride and see if it goes too high. The price is about right now. If it goes much higher I'd walk away from it and check out another.
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Thanks for the reply, gentlemen. Think I'm going to stay under 600 on that one. That sling stud in the marlin bullseye really irks me, but I could live with it. Thanks again.
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Prices for used Marlin 1894Cs are truly wacky. I see from your other post you got yours for $505, I'd say you did really well.
Consider that the trend in Average Prices in the data I have was about $550 as of June. That's for the average rifle, better examples would command higher prices, especially with box, papers, and so on. Bud's Gun Shop, my benchmark for low online prices, last sold them for $540 delivered but they've been out of stock for quite a while. Also, notice the trend of 1894s available is increasing. This has been going on for several years.
All these factors together indicate to me that demand for this particular model continues to outstrip the supply and that's been the situation for several years. Average used Marlin 1894Cs and factory new ones seem to have about the same price. In fact, pre-Remington Marlin 1894Cs are in even greater demand and will probably continue that way for at least another year or two at the very least. That would suggest more used ones will come on the market and the prices will continue to rise.
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Marlin 1894C 18 in Bbl Rifle in .357 Magnum,.38 Special, Plus P. Bluebook of Gun Values (32nd Edition) indicates between $365 in 95% condition and $550 in 100% condition for this gun. I have 115 recorded prices for this model gun from $325 to $705 over a period of 6 Yrs 3 Mos ending June 17, 2011. The average price as of that date was $512. No refurbs, no refinishes, regular sights. All represented as 95% or better. No distinction for engineering revision, if any, no special editions, no distinctions for box, papers, tools. Current or last MSRP is $677.46.
Here's how the data charts out:
The only things worse than the prices ANY 1894 357s are going for are the jerks at the local gun shops that had the audacity to offer me a top price of $400 trade-in for a 20 inch 357 Cowboy Rifle at 95% with the box, etc. They seem to operate on the theory of making $100+ on your trade-in and another $100 on their item. When those clowns whip out The Blue Book of Gun Values and start blowing smoke at me, I head for the door and don't come back for a month or so! The only thing in their favor is that they are close/on the way to work and only want $25 for a transfer. My printer is screwed up, but I think I'll go the library and print a copy of 5Wire's data for their viewing pleasure.
Needless to say, any ammo or components are purchased from the offenders on strictly an emergency case.
Bullseyes, I believe are still available for Brownells or Midway (at least used to be) if you want another to fill any sling abuse
Around me 1894s in .38/357mag are going for up to and over $700! The local gun store had a used in in great shape for $695 but it never made it to the shelf as they have a waiting list for them!
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