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As some you know I've been lookin' for a 94C for a couple months now and I may have located one. :D What can you fellas tell me to look for?
I believe the serial no. is TI027287 and they want $329. Assuming the barrel isn't bent at 90degs.... tell me what I should look for and is this a reasonable price ? Thanks to all

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I have also been searching for one used...

And I found one last friday, an 1894CS.
It's got a crappy (tasco) scope on Hi-Lo mounts
Ser#16047xxx 1894, so it's 1984 production

Now All I'll need are two more plug screws and a Williams 5D.

$289 in pennsylvania

If it's in a condition you can accept and a price you can afford...

Is it dirty/rusty?

What does the bore look like?

I ALWAYS try to talk a seller into letting me field strip a firearm so I can better guage it's condition before paying for it...

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If in good shape that's a fair price. Several years ago my wife bought one for $ 300. and we though that was a good price. Shoots great also ............................MUTT
 

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Thanks for the replys guys. Kind of an odd story...I think... I called the dealer this afternoon from a crappy cell phone and was told the rifle had been sold, but they had a new one for 429.00, which seems to be the going rate around here. As I was about to say to the fella tag it, so I can look at it tomorrow (Sat)...the call was dropped....aint technology great. Well several hours later I get home and call again from my land line, apparently speaking to another sales guy, again asked about the used 1894C, price and availability and low and behold...yes we have it and $329.00... hmmmm.... so, I'm going to go look at it tomorrow as its a long, traffic choked, headache type of destination, so I hope I've the straight skinny on the rifle and I'll be checking it out as much as I can. So we'll see.... my quest may be over. Thanks again for all your comments.

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That's great! :D

Hopefully you'll be burning up some ammo through it soon!
 

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Well, forwhatever it's worth I found my 1894Cs in person at my favorite hardware store that's 15 (rural) minutes from my house.
saw it picked it up thinking it was the 44Mag I had been looking at a few days before realized it wasn't showed it to my brother who asked "are you gonna take it?" I said "yup!", he handed it back to me and I put a deposit on it immediatly...

If I hadn't that carbine still wouldn't have gone back on the rack because my brother would have taken it....

The owner told me it had been on the rack for less time than it took me to walk in the door (he was putting it on the rack when he saw me comming in) and to the back of the store.

and that isn't even close to a record for how quickly a used gun has sold in this store, this is the kinda place where a "new" used gun frequently gets to "run a gauntlet" to actually get placed on the used rack and many don't make it that far...

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Good grab. I don't believe there are any hardware stores in the state of Illinois that is permited to sell firearms. A lot of the Sports Authority type stores have given up on 'em too. Mind you there are a few, WalMart still sells 'em, Gander Mountain and a short list of actual Gun shops but they are few and far between.... for me at least. However, I made the trip up to the latest store with the used 1894C, (did have a new too) but I bought the used one and threw the savings, plus, at a new Blackhawk 357. I'd been thinking about the Blackhawk awhile..... as long as the 1894 and I never should let the guy show it to me....but it was too late. So after my cooling off period I will travel up there again and pick 'em up. Ever get a feeling about a store you just don't like?..like embarassing mark up prices on ammo, grips, you name it.....I mean they had what I was looking for..but... can't say as I'd make another trip if I don't absoutely, can't get it anywhere esle, kind o place. :( Second event of the day was swinging past Gander Mountain to reclaim my "layaway" money from them. They wanted to charge me another 25 bucks for cancelling the order. :x I said, I could see it, if you had the gun and I had changed my mind but you folks told me you didn't know "when" or "if" you could get it in.... and the gun was not even at the store or their distributors... and they were going to charge me for that? So we finally resolved that problem and my money was refunded in full. I don't like days where you have to fight for every little scrap of decency left in the world. I probably need to move to another state other than Illinois...Rebuplic of
Anyway, got the 1894C and after a thorough cleaning will be sightin' in next week....Oooo Ooooo :lol:
 

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Good luck and I hope you enjoy both your new toys. I've had an 1894C for a few years and just picked up a stainless Blackhawk a few months ago. I'm in the process of working up a load that both guns like. You can't go wrong that that combo.

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Thanks Gus,

I'm planning on many years of enjoyment from those two...or whatever I got left anyway. After reading the posts regarding reloading, that may be my nest project, but for now I"m a long way from that, but someday. I'll be looking for that perfect load for both.

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Pasquinell, take it from one who has been there, reloading is a great hobby, but don't do it to save money. It just doesn't work that way. I started so I could afford to practice shooting my 357 between the Police matches, but the budget only got bigger. There's a lot of equipment you don't "need", but after awhile you'll get it anyway. Scales, powder tricklers, case trimmers, hand presses, bullet pullers, flash hole uniformers, chamfer tools, funnels, check weights, better scales, powder measures (one for each caliber, eventually :roll: ) it never ends.

Having said that, when you get to where you understand how to make the best ammo possible, there's nothing quite like shooting the best group of your life with your own ammo. Every caliber I load for and every gun I shoot has loads worked up specially for it, sometimes several, for different purposes. The only factory ammo I buy anymore is for my defensive pistols and my duty gun, everything else is a handload. Pin loads, blasting ammo, training ammo for the kids, full-house boomers for the long ranges, box after box after box. Like I said, it never ends.

I'm about to embark on a week-long loading session, several thousand rounds of ammo in each of several calibers, on a single stage press. So if you don't hear from me for awhile, it probably means they had to surgically re-attach my arm after all that lever-cranking. But by golly, I'll have plenty of ammo to last thru my recovery!

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Reloading ?

PapaJohn,

Without question the funniest thing I've read for an otherwise depressing fathers' day. On the more serious note ....it sounds somewhat complicated, expensive and tedious...not to mention that surgery to the arm every so often. I think maybe I"ll hold off on that adventure for a while and stick with the factory stuff. I've got plenty of the defensive stuff and based on what Jerry Lester has said..... it sounds like a decent 158gr, SP ought to work for my "armed hiking" experiences....just in case something does come within range, while I'm actually awake. :lol: If I decide to look into reloading further, I know I'll need advice on what to buy, what not to buy, whats nice but not necessary and so forth...and lucky for me... I still have two pretty good arms...may have to start with the curls again though..... and You... stay safe out there.

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Good to hear back from you, Pasquinell, reloading isn't something you just casually wander into, and since you already knew that, you'll go there when it's time. Good for you. When I first started, I couldn't wait to shoot up my ammo, just so I could load it again. Now I reload so I can afford to shoot all I want/need to, the older I get the more practice I seem to need.

As for reloading advice, it will all be different, because everyone's experiences are different. I've had good luck with the cheaper Lee stuff, but not everyone has. And what works for my needs doesn't work for everyone else's. You just have to figure out where your priorities are, and buy your gear accordingly.

It's funny, but after loading well over a half-million rounds, on a single stage pres, my arm is still intact. My press is a Lee Turret, designed as a semi-progressive, but I neutered it to single-stage the day I bought it, and it works for the way I load. I check EVERY case for powder levels, any inconsistencies in that area can have the kind of effects no one needs. I've rarely had an overcharge, but I've had more than a few cases with no powder, and that's embarassing at the very least. I'd like to buy a Dillon someday, maybe one for each caliber (When I win the lottery I never play, or when pigs fly, whichever comes first :roll: ) but until then I'll stick with what works for me. The fact that I don't have Carpal-Tunnel yet is still a shock, I guess my right arm is tougher than I thought. Must be from all that reloading. Wow! Now I can tell my doctor I have had an exercise program for the past 25 years! If only I could crank the handle with my gut, I'd look like Charles Atlas!

Keep us posted on your experiences, I enjoy your posts. And I'm sorry your Father's Day has been less-than-stellar, I had to work a twelve-hour shift today, and NONE of my kids have called (yet), so I can relate. Some days are better than others, my best ones involves the smell of burning gunpowder and cleaning solvents!

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PapaJohn,

Whoo,..ooooh....one more day and I pick it up tomorrow. Yep, I'm definitely holdin' off on the reloadin' business. If the box wasn't empty I wouldn't know when to quit shootin'. As a newbie to this entire firearms thing, I getting quite used to "embarrassing moments". Fortunately, my little range where I shoot is usually empty...just me, a tree for shade, picnic table and the target berm, but a couple nights a week, we/they have trap shooting...so I thought I'd give that a try as well....HA.... got to remember to take the safety off !... the clay is flying, the other four guys are lookin'..... oh well.... I'll get it next time. Or I hear... " a little high", or "just under it"... so I spend a great deal my time chuckling to myself....
So, it probably wouldn't be a good idea for me to be sitting in close proximity to a can of Powder, at least not for a while. I'll continue to start every session with marginal expectations.... on the paper?...oh good... how close...not bad... lets try another magazine. Its a good thing I like it, seems to melt some of the frustration away, except when the heat is so unbearable, sweatin like a whore in church.

And because I'm a Dad, I make excuses for mine.... after all they all had to attend their cousins wedding...from the "X's" side and I did get cards from two of 'em and one even gave me one of those shotshell carrying bags, so I don't have to move from station to station with a fistful of shells, loaded and spent....I tell ya... its a movie or a book just waitin to be written. Anyway, yours probably knew you had to work yesterday and were waitin' til you got home. Someday, I'll pass along my thoughts on t the "12 hour" shift thing and its consequences on American life. As a combat veteran of the "Factory Wars" for over 30yrs, the pursuit of the god almighty buck has changed our way of life in this country and we don't even know it. 12 hr shifts, two income families, Out Sourcing, NAFTA and whatever the newest one was that included South American countries, not to mention the whole immigration issue. Short story, I was in the Yucatan, Mexico (Merida, I think), consulting with a bottler of vegetable oil about machinery... vegetable oil..you know Mazolla, that kind of thing. We were talking about finances and markets etc. when his Acctg guy (educated in the US) tells me of their effort to open the market in Cuba, cooking oil right...everybodys' got to use it right?.... it didn't take long for the Bean Counter to figure out very few on the island earned enough money to buy cooking oil...unless he wanted to sell his product at a loss. Some what long winded, off topic... and a little venting I guess... it just seems to me we're trying to alter the "survival of the fittest" thing to lowering the standards so everybody is equally struggling, hell look at our schools. As I say, a whole nother topic.

I'll just continue to blow holes in paper, chuckle to myself and try to do better next time and anxiously await the arrival of my new toy. Thanks to all who listen and advise me on subjects I admit very little knowledge. So ... to all you guys.... Thanks for helping me out, wish there was something I could do for you.

Pasquinell

I always wondered why the Native American Indians weren't more pissed off.... oh yeah, they learned to adapt, overcome... Casinos :lol:
 

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Pasquinell said:
Good grab. I don't believe there are any hardware stores in the state of Illinois that is permited to sell firearms.
I think it's more a matter of the fact that some merchants stayed with the shootin' irons and others went with nails and plumbing bits, because originally that's were everyone went to buy their firearms.

Hey, there is nothing in the law that says a gun shop can't sell bailing wire, grass seed and animal feed...

And this hardware store sells worms and minnows, but oddly not even a single fish hook can be found in the store....

They've been in the same spot since the 1850's and been a family buisness since before that:)

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Allan,

You're probably right about the hardware stores selling firemarms. I know where my son lives in Florida, thats what he does. Around here the regular ACE's and True Values are getting beat up by the Big Bos stores. By the way, I noticed your from PA.... I spent two years of my youth in Gibsonia, Pa.... north on Route 8 out of Pittsburg, just short of Butler. Was a big Roberto Clemente fan, Bob Prince, Iron City and the original Three Rives Stadium.... smoke stacks were still spitting black in those days.

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Well, I live at the other end of the state... about 300 miles from there:)

A.F.Boyer Hardware has been in buisness in the same
building since ~1860, they still have quite a few firearms
that the store stocked back then... though sadly not for sale.

they have an entire wall of firearms back to brown bess muskets...

Right above the wall paint:)

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Allan,

Well thats saying something, A.F. Boyer.... nearly 150yrs, good for them, I hope they don't get swallowed up by the those Big Box stores...they are convenient I suppose....but don't have well worn wood floors and smell like a place that works for a living.
I traveled out east once, through the York, Lancaster areas and then Gettysburg, pretty country. I remember a park tour guide would get in your car for $5.00 and described all the battlefields. Big n Little Round Tops, Devils Den, Wheat field...all of it... I was facinated and enjoyed it a lot... would like to do it again, someday. I want to visit the "Wall" in D.C. too, maybe when I make that trip.
My memory of my side, western Pa. as being very pretty too, specially in the fall. First place I ever lived where I saw snow, my teacher caught me staring out the window and was quickly rapped on the knuckles with a ruler.... that school had plenty of coporal punishment, as I remember. She used to make kids chew the aluminum foil from the gum wrappers if she caught you chewing gum...ha, those were the days.


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Oh Boy, this is Better than .....

Well boys, got my new toys......too much fun and now its a question of ammo..... more ammo, need more ammo.... PapaJohn... its probably a good thing my supply is limited by available funding..... way too much fun, and smoooooth..... eeeewwww.... I am one happy guy. I am so glad to have found this forum and all the knowledgable folks. While I've been bitten by the Marlin bug.... I'm gonna focus on this little work of art, practice with as much ammo as I can afford...and keep eyeing those reloading posts..... guess you're right :lol: it never ends

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I'm happy for ya, Pasq! Delighted, actually. It's all good from here on in. You can always start reloading later, but for now, enjoy that satisfying BOOM every time you pull the trigger, and help celebrate that grand old round's 100th birthday. In fact, ya might want to save a few rounds for the 4th of July, and make it a real celebration!

And in case you were unclear on the M-O rules, we expect pix! 8)

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Ha, yeah the 4th of July, I intend to go visit an old HS buddy near Ft. Wayne, IN and do alot of munitions. He mentioned something about motars...but he always ends his emails with "bring guns". So, I've just put another order into Cheaper n Dirt and hope it arrives, otherwise it'll have to be scrounging through the Wally World inventory... I seem to always get the gal who doesn't know anything about it and of course they don't put the ammo where a customer can see the boxes...so it becomes a tedious chore, or a 45 min drive to Gander Mountain. And Pix, you say, hell I just got a cell phone today after 5yrs of not having one, I was really getting used to not being "on the leash", but oddly enough it was my kids who were doing the most complaining.....so OK, I now again in part of the 20th century....and a digital camera is not far off. Learning the cell phone is a challenge in itself....and all those tiny little buttons...Geeeze.... but a camera.....hmmmm..... I have had, still have a slew of 35mm stuff, used to do portrait photography, had backgrounds, moltiple strobes, umbrellas....my own darkroom in the basement...which by the way became an excellent storage facility for Xmas presents when the kids were little, lockable (chemicals in there ya know)...bottom line, I got out of that hobby when work consumed all my time...but digital., instant gratification... I like it, but more stress on the ole noggin.... but its on my list....I'd love to share my new toys...and some of the old ones... got one old pistol I've no idea even what it is, small, lots of fancy brass scroll work on it but the cylinder is locked up tighter than dicks' hat band....Anyway, Pix...soon I promise..... actually, I'm running out of room, not for the guns, but the ancillary stuff, lttle bags of this n that, locks, hammer extensions that I don't intend to use but afraid to toss, I'm sure you know the drill, holsters.....was thinking of a new tall dresser thing for the bedroom, atop a TV would keep me mildly interested before conking out for the night...but that idea went in the toilet when the gun safe showed up...... my living arrangement is .... well ..... strained at the moment....but things are looking up...and think maybe this will be my year to comeback....a whole nuther story. But Pix for sure, lined 'em all up on my bed the other day..... a pretty fair collection I'd say and some of the best fun I've had in many years.

That old "colt" unknown pistol
1944 Remington Rand 1911 45ACP
Springfield GI 45ACP
Taurus 617 2in, 357
Ruger Blackhawk 4 5/8 357
Henry H001 22
Savage 110GPX 30-06
Marilin 336 30-30
Marlin 1894C 357
Remington 870 12ga

Was absolutely, most comfortable with the RR 1911 deadly comfortable but a safe queen now and now contnue to work with the Springer....not nearly as smooth but effective. The Henry is a tack driver with WW 38gr JHP and the rest are falling into rotation, but the 94 has become the sweetheart, I grin, just pulling out of its case. And just joined a "sportsmans club" so am working on trap for the first time in my life, ave 12/25 for the first time out... and I'm OK with that...it'll get better, I"m sure. So I've been having fun with this new hobby and as you say... reloading will probably work its way in there sooner or later. Now that I've listed this weaponry for the first time....maybe its time to rest on acquisitions and focus more on proficieny.. :roll: But Pix... as soon as possible, I promise

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