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    Marlin 1894 32-20

    I just have aquired an 1894 in 32-20. It has a "D" prefix serial number indicating that it was made in 1947. The question is that a number of my references say that Marlin did't make the 1894 after like 1930 until the modern era. Evidently they are in error or the serial number and date file is wrong. Can anyone clear this up for me? Any information is appreciated!

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    Marlin 1894 32-20

    Does it have the cross block safety?

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    Marlin 1894 32-20

    Is it actually marked Model 1894 or Model '94 on the top tang? It sounds like one of the WWI era model '94 Marlins to me. You are correct in your thinking that they didn't build them in 1948. The '94 was dropped from production aqround 1933, but they continued to sell them in 1934-35, until supplies were diminished.
    I'd need more info from your gun, such as all the rollstamp info, and if it has the bullseye in the stock or not, to determine if it's pre WWI or post.-Vall
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    32-20

    No cross block safety, no bullseye in the stock. It has MODEL '94 on the top tang and the roll stamp on the barrel reads
    "MARLIN FIRE-ARMS CO. NEW HAVEN.CT.U.S.A." then on the next line
    "PATENTED OCT 11 1887 APRIL 2 1889 AUGUST 1 1893." The serial number is "D8XXX" It is also marked "32-20"on the top barrel flat near the receiver.
    It has a 24.25" full octagon barrel and a straight grip curved steel butt plate stock. The front sight is really cool, but I don't know if it is original. It is like german silver blade that is undercut to form a bead. It looks like it ought to work real well. The best thing about this rifle is that the bore is near mint. I cleaned on it for an hour then used the bore scope on it. It is as slick as any barrel I've seen ! I'm about to pop to order brass, dies, and a mould and shoot this thing! I intend to shoot the NRA cowboy pistol class silhouette with it. I've been using a 9422 Mag and ringing a few rams. I hope this rifle shoots as good as it looks! Thanks for any information, Ken

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    Marlin 1894 32-20

    Thanks! That makes it much easier. The hyphenated Fire-Arms marking is a key, as that was pre WWI era, so I would guess your gun is just before WWI. Now I do offer one exception. Rockwell assembled some guns after WWI that used the pre-WWI parts, so it could be one of those also.
    Either way, it's right around that time. Should be a nice collectable shooting gun!-Vall
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    32-20

    Thanks for your timely reply. I love these old Marlins but I don't know them well other than to say I never have owned one that didn't shoot well !

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    Mr 6pt,
    That is some good information! I won a 1/2 price Redding certificate, so I got a Saeco mould on order from them that cast a 118 RNFP .313 plain base bullet. I'll be on an Ebay lookout for a Lyman mould like yours.. Do you have a preference for brand of brass? I've heard that the Remington brass is longer than Winchester or Starline and works better. Thanks, Ken

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    32-20

    Mr 6pt,

    Are you sizing yours bullets? What size sizer die do you recommend for your old 32-20?

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    32-20

    Again, Thanks for the information. I went ahead and ordered a .313 from Midway. I'm slowly but surely gettting it together. I do appreciate your help.


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