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!
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.
Are they both recent guns?
Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.
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
Will get some pics posted soon!
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"?
1881 45/70 1885
1893 38-55 1898
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