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    1894 .357s at Gun Show Today

    I visited the OGCA show today near Wilmington, Ohio. This is a private show for members OGCA only.

    I saw four 1894s in .357 magnum. This is not surprising since Ohio began to allow deer hunting with straight wall rifle calibers about five years ago, and this show is only a couple of weeks before the season opens.

    Prices for three were around 850 and one was 1050. Two were pre-safety--1980 and 1982--and all were JMs. One dealer was rather apologetic for his 850 price, saying that he has to start somewhere, and that he had room to work.

    There were also several 1894s in .44 magnum. These were all around 700.

    The 1885s I saw were 700-750 for the 22 inchers and 600-650 for the guide guns.

    I rather expected these prices to be higher, this close to deer season. OTOH slug guns were going for a song, and quite a few were for sale.

    And there was one 1894 in .41 mag. It was listed for 3600.
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    Some Marlins are getting pricey. I Paid 845 for a nice pre-safety 357 a few months ago and felt like I got a good deal. As for the .41 mag. I bought the Henry. Marlins are usually 1400 and up when you see them around here.
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    I recently bought a Marlin 1894 in 357. The rifle came from an online Proxibid auction out of California. The price was well under $200 for obvious reasons.

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    I already had the buttstock and have purchase the other parts to put it back together. Surprisingly the metal cleaned up nicely and the rifle has a nice bore. Most of what appears as rust was actually dried mud. I have started a thread on this and will be posting the results when I get the time to put it back together. This old rifle will not have much value, but should sure make for a nice shooter.
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    The prices seem to be all over the place, even on completed auctions, or sold guns. I bought my 1894c off this forum https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/al...re-safety.html gave me a 3 day inspection on top of that, triggerjerk was the member... The reason I mention this is because many of the guns listed on auctions now are NO RETURN, NO REFUND.. no 3 day inspection... I don't know how they sell these on auction sites ? I gave 5 day inspections when I sold anything, and 10 day inspections on anything expensive.

    Unless Remington starts pumping out 1894 357 mags I don't see the prices coming down, and with Rossi not making their 1892 in 357 mag anymore that leaves Henry owning the market.

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    Dan in the northeast corner always has a table full of JM Marlins. Yesterday he had an 1894 Classic in 218 Bee that was nice but priced just a tad to high for me. Plenty of Marlins to be had. Dan sold 4 of his 444's yesterday morning the first two hours of the show. He also sold two or three 45/70's as well.

    Me? I am hunting Ohio deer with my 16.25 inch barreled 38/55 Marauder. Way less recoil.....same results. My shots in the briar patch will not be over 50 yards.

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    I just had a deer camp/ get together last weekend and my buddies from Ohio are always getting deals much lower than many places, especially the Northeast. It's mostly a working man's state and higher prices just don't fly, which is a good thing. I wish I lived closer, though I have acquired a few my one friend from there cause even with him selling them to me for more than he could get for them out there it was considerably below fair market out here.
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    Not worth more than $600 despite the four digit value.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tachelberry View Post
    I recently bought a Marlin 1894 in 357. The rifle came from an online Proxibid auction out of California. The price was well under $200 for obvious reasons.

    377-2.jpg


    I already had the buttstock and have purchase the other parts to put it back together. Surprisingly the metal cleaned up nicely and the rifle has a nice bore. Most of what appears as rust was actually dried mud. I have started a thread on this and will be posting the results when I get the time to put it back together. This old rifle will not have much value, but should sure make for a nice shooter.
    Now THAT will be my kind of rifle when it's done! A resurrected junker with new wood, no factory finish, new parts, all cleaned up and ready for love, and minimal collector value! Waiting for pics.....
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    The last .357 mag Marlin (pre-safety I think) I saw sell around here in Mo went for right about $700 at a local gun auction, but that was about a year ago. I haven't seen one up for sale anywhere local since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1956CJ5 View Post
    Now THAT will be my kind of rifle when it's done! A resurrected junker with new wood, no factory finish, new parts, all cleaned up and ready for love, and minimal collector value! Waiting for pics.....
    I've been following your thread and I look forward to the "after" photos and report. I enjoy that kind of project.
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