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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

More project than I want to take on. The "we will not entertain any questions on condition" statement tells me it may well be beyond repair.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Just looking at the pics, I don't think it's a 44 Mag. Matter of fact, I'm leaning to it's not even being a 1894. I'm thinking a Model 1889 in 44-40.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Look like it may have been at the Little Big Horn.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I don't think you want it at any price-not even free if you have to pay S & H and transfer fees! Jack
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

44-40 Willy said:
Just looking at the pics, I don't think it's a 44 Mag. Matter of fact, I'm leaning to it's not even being a 1894. I'm thinking a Model 1889 in 44-40.
It is, but its sure a heap of junk at this point.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

44-40 Willy said:
Just looking at the pics, I don't think it's a 44 Mag. Matter of fact, I'm leaning to it's not even being a 1894. I'm thinking a Model 1889 in 44-40.

Willy,

I think you're correct..................The gun and pics are rough, but to me, the front sight and the hammer say it's NOT a '94

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I think that is more an archaelogical find than a rifle at this point.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I know a guy who has been involved in the clean up mess at New Orleans after Catrina and he said there are thousands of rifles and handguns like that that were buried in the mud for months and even years. He said some of them are so filled with mud and rust the barrels are solid. If this is not one of those rifles it has been buried in similar circumstances. I have heard of some real finds that could be refurbished but with my limited metallurgical skills I would never attempt something like that.

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I am REAL curious. How can the forearm be missing, the metal in horrible shape ( I have seen war rifles/milsurps that look like this...) yet the stock looks to be in what I would call GREAT shape, all else be considered?!?

And also agree - wouldn't even make a good paperweight...
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Tomray said:
Willy,

I think you're correct..................The gun and pics are rough, but to me, the front sight and the hammer say it's NOT a '94

Tom
Yep, and the shape of the front part of the lever that forms the trigger guard.

Seeing that old Marlin in that kind of shape brings a tear to the eye.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

44-40 Willy said:
Yep, and the shape of the front part of the lever that forms the trigger guard.

Seeing that old Marlin in that kind of shape brings a tear to the eye.
Might have been dug up or found in an old rotten barn, who knows! If things like that could only talk!
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

A 336 was posted on the 24hourcampfire site a month ago that was in such bad shape it makes the gunbroker 1894 look like a factory engraved presentation rifle.

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I agree this is not a 44 mag, it is not the original butstock, I seriously doubt its an 1894.

Its from MI, its probably been sitting in some dairy barn or some barn floor and someone found it,

The only thing its good for is to hang on the wall.

It will be interesting to see what it sells for. Someone will buy it and probably pay way too much.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

- -so how much is too much to fix? Anyone out there have any before and after pics of a rusty piece that you fixed up to shootin quality? I would like to see just what can be done.

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Its not a 1894, theres no question its a 1889. I imagine the original butstock rotted away a long time ago. Somebody, probably this seller tried to get a 94 stock on it. Looks like the lower tang is either broken off or was cut to get the 94 stock on. The 89's lower tangs were about 1/2" longer than the 94's because they had a lever latch back there that snapped over the lever tail. If you look theres noplace for the more modern latch to go because of the way these levers engage the locking bolt. Might get the 100 bucks but I doubt it.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Golfbuddy45 said:
- -so how much is too much to fix? Anyone out there have any before and after pics of a rusty piece that you fixed up to shootin quality? I would like to see just what can be done.

GB45
I dont think you could fix it. I'v brought a couple back but think this ones beyond redemption. I guess you could maybe screw a new barrel into it & if everything moves it might be safe to shoot but its beyond pitted. Be a neat thing to find & hang on the wall to talk about though.

This is an 1889 carbine.


It came to me like this,


This ones a 1894 I got in similar condition,


But neither was in near as poor shape as that one.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

Leverdude,

Just so nobody goes out and buys this thing thinking they can have a gun like you built from corroded parts, wouldn't you agree that this piece of metal appears to be past the point of no return as far as fixing up?

I see pits in the picture that clearly can not be polished out and to weld and fill that many would also be a problem. The wood would have to be all knew and like you said this guy may have cut off the tangs trying to get the 94 stock to fit. the barrell would have to be replaced, never mind the internal problems and smallparts that may already be rotted through.

I love gun projects and I do all the work myself but I see more work $ here than it will ever be worth never mind the time involved, and if you pay someone to replace the barrell, or fit the stock, or weld and fill pits it is nothing but a money pit.
 

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Re: 1894 44mag chambered W/24" barrel, on GB, I can't believe it.

I can however see and understand someone buying it to hang on the wall for $100 +/-. I wouldn't though.
 
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