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Spotted a 1894 CB made in 1998 in 44-40. It has box and papers and appears new. Asking price in $1000, but I'm sure I can get the owner down to $900. Has anyone slugged the bore of the newer Marlins? I would be interested if it is the same as the original 1894's or Win 92's. What are opinions on price?

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That's a very good price for that rifle. A 1998 is not a Remington Marlin, and I owned one of the same you are looking at. Most Marlins run a bit big diameter-wise...but you only need to concern yourself about slugging the barrel if you plan on loading your own. So, if you figure that standard diameter of that bullet is .427, order cast bullets in .429 (+.002), but again, only if you are reloading your own.
You will love how that rifle shoots!
Hope you get it and post pics soon!
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My 1894S Marlin .44-40 has a .430 barrel, exactly the same as my .44 Magnum version of the same model. I get best results in the .44-40 using the Accurate 43-230G bullet cast 1:30 tin-lead loading 24.5 grs. of Alliant RL7. I size bullets to .430" and use the same load in my S&W Model 544 Texas Commemorative. If you do not cast your own, but must buy bullets, I got very good results using the .430" diameter, 215-grain flat nose from Matt's bullets, which is designed for the .44-40.

http://www.mattsbullets.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=70&products_id=275

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Ok guys, I appreciate all the advice. I'm looking for a toy/investment here. I really need a 44-40 for my caliber line up. Really need a Winchester 53 in 44 WCF to go with my 25-20 and 32-20, but nice ones are going over 3K. Amazing how the 44 WCF makes Win 53's, 73's, and 92's double and triple in price. Another option is getting one in an original Colt Lightning pump rifle. Again, looking quite a bit over 3k. I was thinking this one $900 to $1000 will fill the niche.

So, with all my cards on the table. Can I get $900 or so out of this if I don't like it down the road? I have 20 or so Marlins and have never entered the CB arena. My knowledge on price goes back to the original Marlin 1894's and Winchester models.
 

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The modern 1894S .44-40 rifles bring $1000 if in collector condition with box and $900 in nice shooter-grade without box. Ugly ones which have seen continuous field use and look like they were dragged behind a pickup down a bad gravel road bring $500+
 

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Whatever your new rifle(s) groove diameter,don't forget that the originals were .427" and the neck expander in the die set may not be big enough for a .430"-.431" slug. Contact the die manufacturer and check to see the expander setup is compatible should your new rifle have the larger groove size.
 
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Whatever your new rifle(s) groove diameter,don't forget that the originals were .427" and the neck expander in the die set may not be big enough for a .430"-.431" slug. Contact the die manufacturer and check to see the expander setup is compatible should your new rifle have the larger groove size.
Good info there.

FWIW, the RCBS .44-40 "Cowboy" die set comes with two expander plugs, a .425" for use with .427" bullets and another .428" plug for use with .430 bullets.
 
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to say I like 44-40,s may be a under statemen. #1- model 1873 Winchester,#2-model 53 Winchester, #3- marlin 94 CB, #4- Charles daly little sharps. I shoot a cast .426 dia 200 gr bullet at 1100-1200 fps and I have killed deer with the 53 Winchester and the little sharps.
 

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the 44-40 in the 53 is the lowest production of all the 53,s made in other calibers and hard to find. I bought mine at a yard sale years ago, getting a 44-40 in a regular carbine may be easier and cheaper. I say get the 44-40-CB and if or when a 53 comes up for sale you will have no trouble selling the 44-40-CB. the 44-40 CB,s are also be getting harder to get as time goes by.
 
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