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Just wanted to tell you about my 1894s. I have two of them, one in 25/20 and one in 44/40. They are both the 'new' versions with cross bolt safety. The 25/20 is a really nice looking rifle with its 2/3rds magazine. The 25/20 has Ballard type rifling and the 44/40 has microgroove rifling. They both shoot better than I can see. I use Williams receiver sights with a Merit iris aperture for differing light conditions. How common are the 44/40s? I haven't seen another in this caliber. I would like to see Marlin revive the .256 Win in the 1894. TnTnTn
 

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On your 44-40, does the serial number start out with 4440 then finishes with the rest of the number?

In 1993 Marlin made an uncatloged run of 1894S in 44-40. I'm not sure if these would have had microgroove or not. Approx 925 of these were made. From what I've been able to find out this was the first run of modern era 1894s in 44-40.

In 1994, the Century Limited 1894 was made in 44-40 with a case colored reciever. 2,500 were made of this one. I'm not sure of what kind of rifling the Century Limited had.

In 1996 to 1999 the 1894 Cowboy was available in 44-40 with normal serial numbering. I don't have production numbers for the Cowboy in 44-40. I don't believe any of the Cowboy's had microgroove rifling as all I've encountered were ballard rifled. O' course, I might run into one tomorrow. The 44-40 Cowboy was dropped due to low sales in this caliber. :(

In 2000, an uncataloged special run of "Cowboy Carbine Limited"s with the model designation of 1894D were made in a run of 325. These will have ballard rifling, the serial numbers will run 1894DXXX and were issued with a letter from Marlin stating the gun is one of 325. The barrel is just stamped Cowboy Limited. These were the last run of 44-40 Marlins that I'm aware of.

There have been some individual guns assembled by folks sending their rifles to Marlin for a conversion to a Cowboy in 44-40.

Willy
Gibson Co, TN
 
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Thanks 44-40 Willy for the detailed info. I believe the serial # on mine does start with "4440 xxx'. So I guess it is part of that initial run in '93. My rifle does have microgroove rifling. With a production of 925 it ought to have some additional value someday. Hope my sons appreciate it, use it, and keep it! TnTnTn
 
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