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I was considered lucky to run into a 100+ year-old Marlin Model '94 in a hard-to-find caliber 25-20 almost 2 years ago. The LGS had it as a consignment item. The price was $590 Canadian. Been on the used guns rack for while. I guess because of the odd caliber it was difficult to find a buyer? What attracted me was the octagonal barrel which will match my other Marlin 30-30 which also sports an octagon barrel. I tried a low ball offer of $450. A phone call was made & to my surprise he told me the seller accepted my offer. I told him that I will think about it for a week.
Any way I returned with a friend about a week later & I bought the gun.
Since then, I learn everything about reloading 25-20 and managed to buy & accumulated quite a few brass & bullets ( over 300 ) in this caliber.
Enjoyable gun to shoot & I keep wondering that I might have actually "stole the gun" at this price ;))
Will share some pics soon.. ..
 

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Be sure to wipe fingerprints. If that is $365 US I'll give you $500 and meet you in a canoe at Boundary Bay
 

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Like I can tell one end of a canoe from the other. Enjoy your prize.
 

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It looks like a nice solid rifle. It pairs nice with your 1893. I do not see many 1894s here in NE Indiana in any other caliber. 32-20 would be next. They do not make them like that anymore. I see most in similar condition for $750-1000. If it were a 44-40 or 38-40 you could add a couple hundred more. If there are more than 4 at a show around here it is rare. 1 or 2 are more common.
The ammo cost keeps a lot of buyers away. I like my 25-20 because I reload. When the average weekend shooter goggles the cost of ammo they get cold feet.
Most collectors seem to want very nice and do not care for the price of ammo.
 
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I was considered lucky to run into a 100+ year-old Marlin Model '94 in a hard-to-find caliber 25-20 a year ago. The LGS had it as a consignment item. The price was $599 Canadian. Been on the used guns rack for while. I guess because of the odd caliber it was difficult to find a buyer? What attracted me was the octagonal barrel which will match my other Marlin 30-30 which also sports an octagon barrel. I tried a low ball offer of $450. A phone call was made & to my surprise he told me the seller accepted my offer. I told him that I will think about it for a week.
Any way I returned with a friend about a week later & I bought the gun.
Since then, I learn everything about reloading 25-20 and managed to buy & accumulated quite a few brass & bullets ( over 300 ) in this caliber.
Enjoyable gun to shoot & I keep wondering that might have actually "stole the gun" at this price ;))
Will share some pics soon.. ..
At that price it should take about a year to wipe the smile off your face.
 

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ANY 100+ year old Marlin is collectible!
 

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Yes, that definitely was a winning lottery ticket.
 
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Here are pics of my Marlin Model '94 as promised: View attachment 850240 View attachment 850241
At that price it should take about a year to wipe the smile off your face.
My 1st Marlin was a Marlin 1893 ( a gift from an old pal ) in 30-30 which looks almost identical to this Model '94. May be that's the reason I just feel comfortable buying it. When I bought it I had no idea that 25-20 is an obsolete cartridges & very pricey. I just like the octagon barrel. Fortunately, the brass & projectiles are still relatively easy to find if you look hard enough ;))
A box of 50 25-20 in the store here cost $105 plus taxes on top! If you could find them.... ...
 

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I just sold my Marlin 1894 25/20 a few months ago. It wasn’t mint but well taken care of. Tapered octagon barrel. I still have its twin in 32/20, which is exceptional shooter. I got $1200 for my 25/20.
I’ve only got one 25/20 left, a m53 Win .
 

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I just sold my Marlin 1894 25/20 a few months ago. It wasn’t mint but well taken care of. Tapered octagon barrel. I still have its twin in 32/20, which is exceptional shooter. I got $1200 for my 25/20.
I’ve only got one 25/20 left, a m53 Win .
Good to know. Thanks!
 

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Collectible? Not yes, but HECK yes! While I wouldn't call the 25-20 a rare caliber, I would call it a favorite one. I've one 1894 in 25-20 that's a close cousin of yours and with it's Lyman tang sight is quite the shooter. You have a nice rifle there.
If you ever get tired of it, I know a very quite two track in extreme northern North Dakota where a guy could get lost and accidently find yourself on the other side of the Medicine Line. Just saying!! :)
 

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Collectible? Not yes, but HECK yes! While I wouldn't call the 25-20 a rare caliber, I would call it a favorite one. I've one 1894 in 25-20 that's a close cousin of yours and with it's Lyman tang sight is quite the shooter. You have a nice rifle there.
If you ever get tired of it, I know a very quite two track in extreme northern North Dakota where a guy could get lost and accidently find yourself on the other side of the Medicine Line. Just saying!! :)
nice old rifle for sure, don’t know if the readers are aware of the ( Jordan ) buck back in 1914 up in Danbury , Wisconsin was gut shot with a 25/20, I believe the record stood till 1985 when the Hansen buck came along, interesting story if one looks into it. One can resize 32/20’s to make your ammo , you will crumple a few but for long time the 32/20’s were half the price. Enjoy your fine old rifle,
 
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