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Anyone here know...

Is it a special non cataloged like form Davidson's?
Is the DOM 2001 ?

It has 24" oct barrel non-checkered wood. It is not a safe queen but about 90-94% wood and metal.

Looking to buy it but have no idea on fair price.

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You sure that's an I and not a 1?

In 2001, the 24" barrel was standard on 1894 Cowboys.
 

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I had double checked and yes it was I for the third digit.
That is what has me puzzled. Anyone?

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I've been studying Marlin serial numbers and the 1894 in particular and that "I" is a first for me. Otherwise, I'd say that it's a standard 1894 Cowboy for 2001.
 

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Thanks for the replies...

It is possible the seller may have misread a 1 for the I

Anyway... I have no 1894 models in CB oct so I bought it. Hope it turns out ok.

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In their entire company history, Marlin never used an "I" in any serial number for just this reason; it is a 1 (one). You will likely be very happy with your purchase! shoot straight ;)
 

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Just picked up the rifle today and it is serial number 991240xx.

Good call Willy and gewehr

It has smooth stock and forearm. Is this factory wood ?
I have seen most with checkered wood.

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My notes have 2002 for the start of the smooth wood on the Cowboys. I do know the last year or two of the 24" barrels were with smooth wood.
 

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44-40 Willy,

Interesting note, that the last two years were smooth stocks, I never realized that. Must have carried over into the new 20" barrel models. I have a 2001 CBL 24" that is checkered, so that wouold be the last year?? I have seen the long barrel cowboys with smooth stocks.
 

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From what I saw when it happened was that Marlin was building the 1894 Cowboys with the thicker checkered wood and 24" barrels. They built some limited runs for Davidsons with slim uncheckered wood and 20" barrels called Cowboy Carbine Limiteds. Those proved pretty popular and were probably cheaper to build with no checkering and shorter barrels. So first Marlin went to the slim uncheckered wood and then to the shorter barrels on the 1894 Cowboys and made the regular Cowboy resemble the limited edition Cowboy Carbine Limiteds (much to the CCL owner's dismay).
 

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AINT NO FISH,

Interesting your DOM is same as mine (2001) but yours has checkerd wood. Any chance you could share most of the serial number to compare?

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hunter718,

The receiver is D&T with the normal (four hole) pattern found on all the other flavors (C CS P CP SS CSS ...) of 1894 rifles.
Not sure why a 24" CB would even have such a factory option. You think they could have omitted that operation from the receiver batch used on this CB.

There seems to be some previous owner "improving", the action feels way different than any of my 1894's. And the hammer "pull" is just plain strange to me.

Soon as I get the chance I plan to do a tear down and complete cleaning, then I will know whats up.
 
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