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We are going to be put on a 3 year trial period by the DNR to allow certain rifles in the shotgun zone of lower Michigan. I have always though of getting a 1894 in 44 magnum to fill that rifle role.

I am starting to waffle. :flute:

The 1894 that I am looking for is hard to find (pistol grip, checkered stock) so I am beginning to research a 450 bushmaster upper for my AR. :ahhhhh:

Any have experience with this round? Recoil? Ballistics?

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Harry
 

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You can find a Marlin 44 Mag on armslist. You have enough time to convert it to a pistol grip if desired. I love the way the 44 Mag carries, points, shoots, etc. I have a black gun, it doesn't get to go hunting. It sits in it's case.
 

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Patience Danielson...Patience! Keep lookin', one is bound to pop up for y'a!
 

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The 1894 will be much handier in heavy cover
Patience, one will come along
 

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Yeah Harry, I'd spend the money on a 1894. Leave the AR in the safe till ZOMBIE SEASON opens up.
 
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You know, a 35Rem would do the job very nicely for anything you'd be likely to encounter in Ohio. These can be had very reasonably.
Mazer, I am in Michigan and I already have a .35. It IS my go to deer rifle for the rifle zone.

I need something for the shotgun/pistol caliber rifle zone at home.
 

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Hey Dirty Harry--I never even considered a 1894 in 44 Mag as I was NOT a fan of pistol cartridges in rifles. I saw a MO member offer a 1894P 44 Mag here on MO for trade and I became interested. I ended up getting it by trading away 2 Marlins that were doing nothing in the safe. Now I am GLAD that I did it as its a great little rifle. Don't settle for less. Marlin 44 Mag rifles show up here for sale on MO. Keep trolling the Marlins for sale section. You will not regret it.
 
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I see them quite regularly in MN. I used to buy everyone I saw. Finally found a stainless 44 and ended my searching. If I see one I will tell about it. Keep holding out for a 1894 you wont regret it other than feeding it but that's why they make reloading presses. besides try to find components for the 450 Bushmaster.
 

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I did have an older 1894C that was nothing but trouble. I guess it left a bad taste in my mouth, even though I know I would like the 44 better.
 

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I have an 1894 in 44 mag that I bought used at the LGS for the specific purpose of hunting deer in Indiana. It is a great set up - KEEP LOOKING, you will find one and be happy.
 

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There was an 1894PG 44 mag listed last night on Gunbroker,but now it's gone. It had a price in the $1000 range,NIB. The pistol grip model was a limited run,and doesn't last long at auction. Keep searching. Hunting with a 44 mag is just fine. I use XS peep sights,and any deer inside of 150 yards is an easy kill.

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As I am familiar with the Southern half of Michigan and am aware that in some areas long shots are certainly a possibility thus I would suggest you take into account the ranges and area you'll be using it and select accordingly. I have a 1894 in .44 magnum and it is indeed a fine rifle - but - as with any pistol cartridge in a rifle it is very much "range contingent". :flute:
 
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