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Pickde this up a few months ago. Model 94, 38-40, 1902 mfgr. I restocked it, put a new ejector in and added some cold blue.
Bore is in bad shape but may be able to shoot.

I had a quote of $425 to rebore to a 44-40. Guess it will stay as is.

 

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SHe may not shoot worth a darn, but at least she is nice lookin!
 

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push slightly oversize cast bullets and probably shoot great, or at least 3" at 50 yds... Perfect for a nice 100+ yo looker like that!
 

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For the money I'd have bought that in a heartbeat! Nice looking 109 year old Marlin! Thanks for sharing...
 

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saddlesore said:
Pickde this up a few months ago. Model 94, 38-40, 1902 mfgr. I restocked it, put a new ejector in and added some cold blue.
Bore is in bad shape but may be able to shoot.

I had a quote of $425 to rebore to a 44-40. Guess it will stay as is.

John Taylor can rebore it for a bunch less than that, or better yet reline it, again for less than that. I'm not sure off the top of my head but he's relined several for me for I believe under $200. http://www.johntaylormachine.com/
He does EXCELLENT work. From the muzzle end you cant tell any of mine has been lined. This is an old model 1894 25/20 he did for me.
 

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I'd find out what it's worth before you start messin' with it. One of guys in my office brought in an 1895 mfg Winchester in 38-40. It was appraised at $1500 original.
 

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That's still a pretty good buy.
 

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Have you tryed shooting it yet? Some rough bores still shoot pretty good. Maybe try some bore lapping before spending to many $ on a reline or rebore job. DP
 

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This one wasn't worth much.The stock had been refinished and repaired poorly.All the bluing and coloring had be sanded off ,along with much of the lettering.The bore is dark with about and inch and a half of rifling gone from the mussel. I assume from cleaning. I can't see too much to tell what the chambe rend looks like.

One smith did not advise relining for the bigger calibers,but I will check again.

It will shoot aout 4 inch groups at50 yards with cast , but commercial jacketed stuff opens up to 6-8 inches.However I need to shoot it more to see what it will do.

It looks good because I have restocked it myself and added some cold blue.
 

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Maybe try having the muzzle end counter bored to get past the bad portion of rifling. Standard refurb method with mosin nagants in like condition, and I have a few that shoot very well indeed after the operation. Kind of a flase muzzle/excessive crown sort of thing, but it works.
 

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I have a badly pitted M1 garand that I can shoot 1-1/4" groups with open sights at 100 yards. I had another dark bored M4 303 british (you could barely see the rifling) that shot 1-1/2" groups with a scope and full military handgaurds.

What size groups can you shoot with a rifle with a good bore and the same sights?

I can shoot 1/2" groups from a rest with my AR15 and match ammo using the military peep with a smaller aperature. I have shot 1" groups with the tang mounted site on my 357 CB at 100 yards but could do anywhere close to that with the stock sights. I am lucky to shoot 4" groups in excellent light from a rest with the stock sights on the 1894 CB.

My son shot 6" groups with my winchester 94 and its stock sights, just changing to a peep reduced his groups to 2" at 100 yards.
 
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