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    1894 Cowboy vs Cowboy Limited?

    Was hoping someone can shed some light on two recently purchased 94 rifles of mine. So about 3-4 months ago I saw a new 1894CB 45LC and had to have it. It is a beautiful little rifle with a tapered 20” octagon glossy blue barrel, smooth wooden stocks with a smaller forend, and it has “1894 Cowboy Limited” stamped on the barrel. Today, I purchased a new 1894CB in 44 mag. It too is a beautiful gun but with a few differences from my 45LC. It has the smaller forend but checkered stocks, tapered octagon 20” barrel that I would describe as more of a satin blue instead of the “mirror” high gloss of the 45LC, and I noticed that the barrel is stamped simply “1894 Cowboy.” Now I am completely okay with these differences and I actually prefer them because it helps the two very similar rifles standout. I am mostly curious if anyone knows the difference between “Cowboy” and “Cowboy Limited?” This could be a coincidence but I do feel as if the 45LC has a noticeably smoother action that operates very easily. TBH, I haven’t felt thousands of Marlins but it is the smoothest one I have felt even from the time it was brand new. Any info would be appreciated!

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    No pictures?
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    Not real sure, but a guess would be that the "Cowboy Limited" was made by the "old" Marlin company, and the new "Cowboy" is a Remlin. Check the serial numbers. On the newly purchased rifle, if the serial number starts with (I believe) "MR", it is a Remlin. The Cowboy Limited should have a serial number that starts with two numbers.

    If I am mistaken, or have left anything out, I'm sure someone will come along shortly and correct me. lol.

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    Are they both recent guns?

    Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.

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    Yes, they are both Remlins. Both SN start with MR. 45LC was purchased new no less than 4 months ago, 44mag was purchased new yestersday. Both from Cabelas

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    Will get some pics posted soon!

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    1894CB 45LC

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    1894CB 45LC (Very polished)

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    1894CB 44Mag

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    1894CB 44Mag (More of a satin finish)

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    I have 2 Cowboys both JM the Checkered stock 336 38-55 is marked 336-CB, the plain stock 45colt is marked Cowboy Limited.

    Maybe a plain stock is "special"?

    John...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cottonsacks View Post
    I have 2 Cowboys both JM the Checkered stock 336 38-55 is marked 336-CB, the plain stock 45colt is marked Cowboy Limited.

    Maybe a plain stock is "special"?

    John...
    Yeah maybe so? I do think the smooth stock looks better but I do like that the 44mag is checkered so its easy to tell apart from the 45LC. I do notice that the finger lever plunger spring on the 44mag is much stronger than on the 45LC. I plan to change it out to a reduced spring has it makes the action difficult to start.


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