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hello, I bought a marlin 1894 today at a swap meat cookout at our rifle club. it is a jm . the serial number is on the tang, and it is basically new hardly fired. it has micro groove rifling. it says 44mag or 44 special. it is nice. I payed 625.00 for it. was this a good buy oh, it does have the cross bolt safety. thanks ronnie
 

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Sounds like a very good buy Ron. What are the first two digits of the serial number?

Congrats,
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you rec'd a good deal

congrats
 

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Nice find! How 'bout some pics when you get a chance.....we love our gun porn!
 

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Now you need to become a Team 1894 member! Sound like you got a good one! :congrats:
 

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Hey Ron. Take 04 from 2000 and you've got a 1996 built rifle.

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I will try to post pics a little later. what bullet weights shoot the best in this rifle? I am not sure what the twist is. I am having difficulty finding powder for this cartridge . some bullets are .429 and some are .430 , which one is best?this gun is really nice!
 

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Can't help much on loads for your rifle (don't have one yet) but I get good results with my super 14 Contender using 225 and 240 gr JHPs over H110 and W296, I have seen W296 at my LGS recently.
 

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I will try to post pics a little later. what bullet weights shoot the best in this rifle? I am not sure what the twist is. I am having difficulty finding powder for this cartridge . some bullets are .429 and some are .430 , which one is best?this gun is really nice!
Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't that year production have the Ballard rifling in 1/20" twist?
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't that year production have the Ballard rifling in 1/20" twist?
I think he got a good deal either way, but especially if it's got ballard rifling.

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I will try to post pics a little later. what bullet weights shoot the best in this rifle? I am not sure what the twist is. I am having difficulty finding powder for this cartridge . some bullets are .429 and some are .430 , which one is best?this gun is really nice!
Welcome to the forum!

Either .429 or .430 jacketed bullets will work fine. If you are going to reload with cast bullets, I'd recommend starting with a .432" bullet. I think all of Marlin's .44 magnum rifles have the standard 1:38 twist rate.
 

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I will try to post pics a little later. what bullet weights shoot the best in this rifle? I am not sure what the twist is. I am having difficulty finding powder for this cartridge . some bullets are .429 and some are .430 , which one is best?this gun is really nice!
Just start-out with some White Box Value Pack 44s from Wally World. Reload for it once you've had time to get to know your new rifle, saved some once-fired brass, and spent some time searching our reloading forum for answers to all of your questions previously asked.

You got a great deal if it is like new, hardly fired. Congrats on your score! Looking forward to see the pictures. It's a great rifle in a great cartridge and it matches-up well with any number of outstanding pistols chambered in the same caliber that makes it one of the finest rifle/pistol combos you could ever hope to own.

Shoot it for awhile though. And there is tons of reloading info on the 44 mag to be had everywhere, but, to answer your question .429 and .430 are typically jacketed and larger is cast but you'll want to slug your bore to find your own personal optimum size for cast boolits. If yours is ballard rifling then some might argue that it makes it a better shooter, but I'm not sure about that.
 

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First congrats on a great purchase! I have had both the micro groove and the ballard rifling in the 44. I stupidly sold the micro groove in the 1970s for about 80.00 (They were 135.00 new then)it cost me 400.00 to replace it years later. It is a good deer killer inside 150 yards. I like the Speer 240 gr uni-cor soft points over Win 296 for hunting.
One thing I will say is while the ballard rifling is easier with cast bullets the micro groove was more accurate with jacketed so both have strong points. Either would shoot inside 2.5 inches at a 100 yards.
Enjoy your rifle !
 

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sounds like you found a good deal, on a great rifle. The load I like best, and just about the only thing I have ever shot in my 1894, is the 270 grain Speer Gold Dot SP over H110 powder. Shoots clover leaf groups at 50 yards, and always under 1.5 inches at 100.
I have taken 7 nice bucks with this rifle, and some hogs. It is a real killer. :eating:
 

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thanks for all the imfo. it has micro groove rifling. I will be shooting jacketed bullets.
 

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Mine shoots 2"@ 100 using the old Speer 225gr half jackets and just enough 2400 to push it to 1600...nice and mild and fairly soft an still devastating on any critter unfornate enough to be the receiving party :ahhhhh:
 

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240 JSP and h110 to near max in the book. If I remember correct 24 grains.

Look it up first of course.

Other powders to look at are lil gun leverevution w231 and trail boss but that h110 load seems to work great so I just stick with what has seemed to work well for me from the beginning of my reloading of this caliber
 
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