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Guys, every once in awhile I bump into a 94M in .22 WMR in a shop. As I recall they were only made for a couple/three years then dumped. I've heard rumors that they had "problems", but never anything definite. Since my first "maggie" was a 57M 40 years ago I'm kinda drawn to Marlin lever .22 mags, but have no need to own a non-functioning safe queen, so what's the scoop on these for shooter/using rifle, good, bad, or get another 94/22 Mag.?
 

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Never had any personal experience with one, but the next bad thing I hear about one will be the first.
 

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They are overly expensive. But if I ever get my $2500 windfall to buy guns, one of them is on my list.
 

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I've got one that I picked up a few years ago. It had to be restored but it functions perfectly every time. It's very accurate and a joy to shoot. Maybe I just got a good one. I keep hearing the rumor that you did but I've not heard anyone give any examples of malfunctions.
 

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Theres one for sale over at the "24hourcampfire" right now and it is nice. If I didn't already have one I would be buying it.
 

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I've never heard of any problems. I know its the second best 22mag leveraction ever made with the Winchester 9422M in far first place.
 

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What makes the 94/22 the "Winner" in the lever gun .22 mag. race? I've owned a pretty good 94/22 mag. and like an idiot let it slip away. What did you find about it that was better than the 94M?
 

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Its really a personal issue but for me those are the front runners in my opinion. Both are fairly simple to clean but I like
the Winchester much better.

My favorite bolt 22mags are CZ and the Ruger 77/22
 

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My 22 mag is the 218 bee. ;D ;D ;D I couldn't afford a 1894M so when I found a 1894CL 218 bee which is even better, I snagged it. ;) Plus I can reload the 218 bee for about half the price of 22 mag ammo. I am still puzzled why the 218 bee never caught on like the Hornet. It is the sweetest shooting 22 cal. I have ever had and in the nicest form of a lever gun; MARLIN 1894. ;) :D
 

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lesismore said:
My 22 mag is the 218 bee. ;D ;D ;D I couldn't afford a 1894M so when I found a 1894CL 218 bee which is even better, I snagged it. ;) Plus I can reload the 218 bee for about half the price of 22 mag ammo. I am still puzzled why the 218 bee never caught on like the Hornet. It is the sweetest shooting 22 cal. I have ever had and in the nicest form of a lever gun; MARLIN 1894. ;) :D

Les,
I think the 218 BEE never caught on, because factory ammo has always been so expensive..........now its around $72.00/50rounds..................BUT, on the other hand, the 218 is a reloaders Dream!.........being easy and very inexpensive to reload.

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I bought a 1894M about 2 years ago and did not care for it. It jammed all the time and the ejection was weak. I sold it. I remember several years ago a freind of mine who was really sold on 22 mags got rid of his winchester 9422M and the very next day bought a 1894M and wasn't happy with his Marlin and sold it and bought his Winchester back. He said it would just lay the empties out the side and his Winchester would throw the empties quite a ways. Having had 3 or 4 Winchester 22 mags over the years I was always happy with them but I hear quite a few people on this forum talking about how they have had trouble with them. I always thought they were the cream of the 22 mags. Just my opinion and maybe I just had a bad 1894M.

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Horseshoe that's kinda what I've been hearing over the years, but it's always been hersay, not by the guy that owned the rifle, but by a friend that knew a guy that had a friend. . . . My 94/22 ran flawlessly after nothing more complicated than a decent trigger job, and since it was a direct trigger/hammer interface, that's relatively straightforward too. Yeah, think I'll pass on the 94M's, life is too short to battle a rifle and remanufacture it to do what it should have done in the first place. I'm thinking sell my 218 Bee that hasn't been shot since I bought it in 94 and look around for a 94 in 41 mag. (to compliment my squadron of handguns in that calibre and look for another 94/22 mag. Hey, thanbks for the input!
 
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