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    Model 1894 Feeding Problem

    I inherited a Model 1894 .44 Magnum SN 22076xxx (along with some other Marlin lever action guns), and it feeds fine with just one round loaded but when you put more than one round in it has a tendency to jam up. It looks like the bullet case prematurely comes out of the magazine tube and jams up the loading lifter. I cleaned the magazine tube up and the internals but no luck getting it to reliably feed. Anyone else have this problem, and know the solution? The other Marlin lever guns I have work smoothly (a pre-1968 Model 336RC in .35 Rem and a later 30-30). I owned a 39A since I was a kid, over 50 years now, and have always enjoyed Marlin firearms.

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    Welcome. Have you looked in the gunsmithing section yet? https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/jams-all-kinds/ As I understand it, the jamming issue is typically associated with the carrier.
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    Not a problem I have had, but if I had I would start with stripping out the lever and shell lifter, and look for excess wear marks. It may be the lifter is a little out of position because of wear. If I diddnt find any obvious problems I would clean all parts thoroughly, lightly oil, reassemble and try again.

    Mostly with these problems I try to figure out whats going wrong. In my case I try to work the action really slow and under a strong light. Have a torch (Flashlight) handy. The rifle on a solid bench or table. A few times watching really closely as best you can through any open gaps. I would want to watch each step, feeding, extraction, closing the lever, slow. Then opening it, super slow. Exactly what happens?


    Someone may be along who had had the problem and fixed it, which would be more helpful.
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    Thanks for the replies so far. I'll study the jams-all-kinds link. I basically did what tranteruk suggested although I didn't take the lifter out (I haven't studied it enough to determine how to remove the lifter). It does seem like a lifter issue from what I can tell so far (for one thing it's not quite as smooth in operation as the other lever guns).

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    Robert
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert H. View Post
    (I haven't studied it enough to determine how to remove the lifter).

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    Take a look at this:
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    Quote Originally Posted by GFK View Post
    Take a look at this:
    What was described in the video is exactly what is happening. The video is excellent. I guess I'll have to buy a new carrier from Midway USA or elsewhere and work on it. I like the rifle and caliber, so if I can get it to function it will be nice!

    Thanks,

    Robert
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert H. View Post
    What was described in the video is exactly what is happening. The video is excellent. I guess I'll have to buy a new carrier from Midway USA or elsewhere and work on it. I like the rifle and caliber, so if I can get it to function it will be nice!

    Thanks,

    Robert
    Great. Or, inspected and clean it like tranteruk advised. It may save you a few bucks.
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    Welcome from Central NYS ! Had the same problem and my gunsmith built up the worn area and hard chromed it.
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