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I would love some advice on who to buy a custom Marlin from. I tried this before, and the fancy custom shop I found on my own sold me a Remlin with crooked sights (I'm obviously hoping for better results this time Haha), and I'm not too proud to ask for help.

I will hopefully be buying a custom Marlin soon (once I get my refund from the first guy), and would like to know who, or where, you would get one from. I'm going to take my time and look around, so the more custom shops I can look at the better.

I would like an 1894 CSBL or 1894 CST in .357 mag / .38 spl. I would like it to be slicked up, deburred, and all that stuff, but most of all I really, really, want the sights to be centered, straight and accurate. Haha. This rifle is my gift to my grandchildren. I don't actually have any yet as my daughter is only 8 years old, but I believe the California government, and maybe the federal government, will make it so old style guns are the only ones law abiding citizens will be able to own. So I am willing to invest time and money in this one. And I can't get another Remlin! I want a problem free rifle that has been looked over and worked on by a skilled gunsmith. Any advice you have that will help me find this person would be doing me, and my future generations, a great service.
Thank you!

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The two models you say you would "like" will most likely lock you into a "Remlin". A standard blued Jm in .357 have become very hard to get let alone a stainless one to use for a platform to build what you want.

Talk to a local gun store nad explain your situation. Tell them you want to order a CSBL or CST but if it arrives with crooked sights or any other issues that you are sending it back and trying again. Or attend local gun shows until you find one that is acceptable. Once you have that you than can begin your search for a gunsmith to have what you want done to it. Smoothing up a Marlins action and improving the trigger and hammer is not custom work nor does it make it a custom Marlin.

To me a custom Marlin would be buying a JM 1894 in rough shape and sending it off for a new barrell, new wood and new finish in the caliber I wanted. Add any other bells and whistles like large loop and scout rail and sights ect... Probably require a $5k budget.
 

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From what I am gathering, you want a rifle without issues. I have bought 2 so far (a 2016 336W and a 2019 1894C). Both had a blemish on the forearm, and Marlin sent replacements for both. My 2016 did seem to jam at times (not sure if it was me, not cycling with purpose, or something else). Took it back to the LGS that I bought it from. It had a gunsmith look at it ($40). He did not find any thing. When I took it apart to replace the forearm (procedures found on the site and YouTube), I found a piece of hard plastic between the carrier and magazine tube follower. While I had the tube off, I went ahead and smoothed the carrier some (600 grit paper). I have not had an issue since, and I have not had any cycling issues with my 1894C, which I bought online. In both cases, I inspected the rifle. In the case of the 1894C, I cycled dummy rounds through it (after being on this site, I knew better then). Both, I am happy with.

My advice, buy from a local gun shop (LGS), if you can. If not, use a trustworthy site. I used GrabAGun.com. In any case, inspect the rifle before accepting it. GrabAGun return policy is 15% for non-defect returns. So, the dummy rounds came in handy. If basic maintenance is done, the rifle should serve you for years. Part of the maintenance is cleaning and checking the screws. So, a gun maintenance kit (tools and cleaning supplies) will come in handy. The process is in the owner's manual and easy to follow. Therefore, it doesn't require experience to accomplish. Good luck on your search!
 

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"This rifle is my gift to my grandchildren. I don't actually have any yet as my daughter is only 8 years old, but I believe the California government, and maybe the federal government, will make it so old style guns are the only ones law abiding citizens will be able to own. So I am willing to invest time and money in this one. And I can't get another Remlin! I want a problem free rifle that has been looked over and worked on by a skilled gunsmith."

Well, while I agree that the "Old Lever Gun" might be one of the last, I'm not sure that they will even be around by the time you have grandchildren old enough to have one the way things are going!

But. If you just want a very nice Marlin (if you are not so dialed in to a specific model or patient enough to find an older one that you like), I would call the Marlin Custom Shop (S. Dakota) & have them make what you want. I have a 336 TDL 30-30 from there & it is pretty perfect!
A little engraving & some great wood makes for a nice heirloom rifle!
 

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Seems to me you are hung up on getting a 'custom' Marlin.

Just get a Marlin. One that has no issues. These rifles are so popular because they don't need any customization.
Worry about customizing it in ten years.

I have bought several newly manufactured Marlins in the last 3 years and none of them have any issues.
I made sure I held them in my hands and gave them a good examination before buying. That's what you should do.
 

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Great advice everyone. You are all totally correct. None of you are wrong. However, this reminds me of the thread I started when I was asking what "Factory New" ammo you like best, and I got hundreds of replies about hand loading. Haha.
I totally get it. I'm an outsider. I'm not one of you. I don't have your experience, knowledge, expertise, or access to great LGS or gun shows. Whatever gun I end up with will most likely be ordered over the internet. The reason I want to go with a "Custom Shop" (even though it didn't work out the first time) is that I want an expert, someone who has worked on them for years, to put their hands on the rifle and put his reputation on it. And if there is a problem, fix it before sending it to me. Again, that didn't work out for me last time, but I wouldn't have a kid if I stopped when things didn't work out the first time. Haha.
So, if anyone has a dumb cousin, or a dimwitted friend, that didn't rebuild their own JM Marlin from a pile of rust, could you let me know what custom shop they used if everything worked out for them? Haha.
I'm off to an all day graphics class, so I can't wait till I get home and see 100 replies telling me to find a JM Marlin and rebuild it myself. Haha.
So thanks for anyone with the restraint to not do that. Haha.
Have a great Saturday all!
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As my old Mum used to say, " experience is the best school, but the fees are often high "you might like to think about that one. Here's another one from my old granny" you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"

This is just my 2 cents from across the pond ? The first thing you need for any customisation project is a sound chassis, why not find a sound JM Marlin and then a good shop maybe via this forum and have it customised. jerdog3 I followed your other posts and share your frustration, this way you could acquire a sound gun first and have it customised as funds allow at your leisure. May I wish you the very best of luck and please keep us posted Gar.
 

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..... I don't have your experience, knowledge, expertise, or access to great LGS or gun shows. Whatever gun I end up with will most likely be ordered over the internet. ...
What state do you live in?
*** You should make the effort to drive to a larger Gun Shop (that has some inventory) that other forum members here can recommend.

It may take several trips to the same gun shop and many months, or trips to several gun shops, to find a rifle worth buying, Be patient!
You need to have the self confidence to examine your rifle before you buy it, and starting out in a gun shop that is recommended will go a long way towards getting a good rifle.

Don't trust others to examine the rifle for you. That may give you the same bad result as the last time.

I guarantee that if you do that, the time it takes to drive to/from the gun shop will be time well spent.
And make sure you call to confirm they have what you're looking for 'in-stock' so you don't make a trip for nothing.

When you shop for a house or a car, you shouldn't 'jump' on the first one that comes along.
Buying a rifle is no different.

If the rifle's action is not as smooth as you want, working the lever several hundred times over a month or two (don't go 'crazy' all in one day!) will help polish the inner parts - you don't need a custom rifle! Save your money for ammo at the range.
 

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watch classifieds on this site, and you will land a good performing lever gun.


Great advice everyone. You are all totally correct. None of you are wrong. However, this reminds me of the thread I started when I was asking what "Factory New" ammo you like best, and I got hundreds of replies about hand loading. Haha.
I totally get it. I'm an outsider. I'm not one of you. I don't have your experience, knowledge, expertise, or access to great LGS or gun shows. Whatever gun I end up with will most likely be ordered over the internet. The reason I want to go with a "Custom Shop" (even though it didn't work out the first time) is that I want an expert, someone who has worked on them for years, to put their hands on the rifle and put his reputation on it. And if there is a problem, fix it before sending it to me. Again, that didn't work out for me last time, but I wouldn't have a kid if I stopped when things didn't work out the first time. Haha.
So, if anyone has a dumb cousin, or a dimwitted friend, that didn't rebuild their own JM Marlin from a pile of rust, could you let me know what custom shop they used if everything worked out for them? Haha.
I'm off to an all day graphics class, so I can't wait till I get home and see 100 replies telling me to find a JM Marlin and rebuild it myself. Haha.
So thanks for anyone with the restraint to not do that. Haha.
Have a great Saturday all!
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watch classifieds on this site, and you will land a good performing lever gun.
Haha! 13 replies to my question, and only one answered the question I asked (thank you pathfinder!). Well, this was about the same as I got with my factory new ammo question. I know, START HANDLOADING! Yes, I'll get right on that.

I know that you all know what you would do, and it seems you all know what I should do with all my free time (your all assuming I have some). So far I should spend my "free time" driving around Los Angeles looking for a JM Marlin, because there's probably one leaning up agains every tree. So that way I don't buy one over the internet. I got to put my hands on it. Right. When I'm not doing that I should be read a Marlin gunsmithing book so I can learn all about them. I should buy the screwdriver set someone mentioned. I should not ever do the same thing twice if it didn't workout the first time because then I'll be doomed. And never rely on a professional to do something they do for a living or I'll depend on them to do it forever. Well, I guess I don't have time to get a rifle because I'll need to learn to build my own car (and maintain it of course), build my own house, grow my veggies, hunt my meat, and make some clothes before I can teach myself gunsmithing. Who knew getting a custom Marlin was going to be such a life changing experience? Haha.

Look, it's almost 8:00 p.m. and I've spent my whole Saturday in a computer graphics class today, and will again tomorrow. I start work before any gun shops open, and I get out after they close (they all close around 6:00 pm in Los Angeles it seems). Also, I'm trying not to be an absentee husband and father, so when I'm not working on a weekend or taking a class to improve my miserable job, I like to be with my family (since I would be gone all day they are at a friends house right now or I wouldn't even be typing this). We clearly don't live the same lives.

I was simply asking a bunch of Marlin enthusiasts if they could recommend a custom shop or gunsmith. Instead of helping me with that everyone tried to impress and out do each other with some cowboy wisdom. How many of you keep checking to see how many likes you're getting? Haha.

I really do appreciate the advice you are giving me. I do. But I don't want to buy a 20 year old gun on gunborker and hope it's all good. If I'm going to so that I might as well go to a custom shop. Someone said I seem pretty "hung up on getting a custom Marlin". Yes, I'm freaking hung up on it. It seems like my best choice. Custom shops can all be as bad as the one I chose. That's why I was asking you guys for advice. Oh well. That'll learn me.

p.s. Hey Gar. My mum really never gave me any good advice, but my brother sends some funny stuff. Like this:

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Dean Martin said it well, I like it.

Marlin does have a 'custom shop" and they list a few lever rifles on the Marlin web site. I have never seen or heard from anyone that owns or has handled one. They also list Marlin dealers that sell them. For the price, I would have to think they are doing a reasonably good job building them.
https://www.marlinfirearms.com/custom-shop/model-1894

Or, find a Turnbull custom gun, that would be top notch rifle for sure.
 

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There's a thread in the 45-70 forum by a shooter searching for a custom gun for predator/very large game use. After much back and forth he is going to have Jerry Dove, a gunsmith in Princeton, WV, do the work because of his Marlin levergun expertise (doveguns.com). His web site shows several Marlin projects that could easily start with a basic, new gun of your choice.
I don't have any relationship to Dove Guns, but I remembered reading that thread. Good luck!
 

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Sounds like you won't have time to enjoy the rifle, let alone shop for it.

I've seen new 1894C rifles that were very good. (Not 'JM's)
Wanted to buy it, but I was buying the 1894CSBL (unmodified) that I had preordered - it was good too so I bought it.

Good luck with your search. Hope you get something you're happy with.
 
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