Where do you guys live anyway? It is virtually impossible to find one out where I live, except by fluke, therefore GB works best for me, expensive though. Sounds like you got a killer deal, especially if it's in real fine 98% all over. Congratulations, good score!!! I do have a CBL in .44
I got to put a grabber front sight on it and maybe get Widder to do one of his slick-em-up jobs on it to be a real CAS shooter. I did grab it because no one seemed to be bidding on it.......... I did find it on GB.
Pop, is that a 20" barrel or a 24" barrel?? If you got a CBL 24" for $650.00 on GB you got the sleeper of the year. Haven't seen a 24" CBL on Gun Broker for under $850.00 either .357 or .44 in a while, but have seen a .357 go for as much as $1425.00 and heard someone else here claim that one sold for around $1600.00 ( I didn't see that one) I don't watch all the time. Since they still make the 20" (albiet Remington) that might explain why nobody else was interested in bidding. If that's a 20" barrel, the deal was fair enough.
Fish, It was a 24" and the only reason I went for it.
I already have one and a 20" also, but for that price I'll take one anytime I see one.
Oh, I and did go for the one that went for $1600 a few months back, it was a new in the box one. At that time I did not have one and had been looking for some time. It was actually $1675.00 it went for. With 3 still in it up to 1500.00.
Double 00 the 20' cb's are just kinda plain compared to the 24's.
I stumbled into a cresent stock while at my gunsmiths from a customer of
his. It fit beautifully and really makes the rifle.
I put a set of Brownell's springs in it and a grabber front sight and took it
cowboy shooting. But I love the 24's so much more.
You all know there are links to stocks here at Marlin Owners, yes? I believe you could get the cast crescent butt plate and install it on a smooth stock, if you found one. I believe they are oversized and all you would have to do is fit it and grind the sides carefully and obviously refinish the stock, which in my opinion is needed on any newer Marlin (refinish that is).
I bought an 1894CB (20") last month at a dealer near Richmond, VA, (Glen Allen, VA, actually) and as of this past Monday, he still had ONE (1) in stock.
These have the "JM" proofmark, the serial number indicates a 2009 'born on date', and is in .44 magnum.
The price tag is $739.00.
This shop has it on the rack, and the lumber on it is gorgeous!!! (I couldn't operate the action because they have it strapped with wire ties.)
The gunshop's name is Green Top, IF you're interested.
My recent purchase of a '94 CBL 24" has been shot up in the mountains last week. Nice rifle, but she does have a kick. Shooting Magtech at the moment. I could comfortably shoot 20 rounds only, not in a hurry either, but after 20, I had to switch over to my .357 CBL 'cause my shoulder was sort of hurtin. Loking forward to going back out and shootin again.