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I have a new 1894C, I was cleaning it, following the directions on how to remove the follower. Mine will not come out unless I remove the screw from the barrel band. The manual makes no mention of this, just says take out the plug screw, lower muzzle and rotate, it will fall out. Mine will not move, finally took out screw for barrel band and it fell out. To re-install I had to repeat. The follower actually hangs on the screw. It is orange plastic, and had a chip on the edge, which is why I wanted to remove it. I purchased a stainless one from an online vendor. All is well, I love my rifle, just want to know if this is normal, or is there a skipped step in the manual.
 

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Welcome from the Finger Lakes region of NY.
.357 and 1894C will always grab my attention. That gun, in that caliber sits at the top of my wish list for firearms.
Forum members have helped me several times already and I am sure they will help you.
 

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I don't know how "typical" your situation is, but I can tell you the EXACT same thing happened with my new 1894c- including that chip and subsequent follower replacement.
BTW- I like it a lot- cheap to shoot, it looks great, and shoots better than I can.
 

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Interesting post and good timing for me. I've had my new 1894C for a little over a year now. I replaced the front sight with a Williams Fire sight and the rear sight with a Williams WGRS Peep sight. A great improvement for these old eyes and Ifinally got them sighted in to my satisfaction.
The last range session a few weeks ago I was shooting paper and finally satisfied that POA and POI was good so I started to unload on trash and debris laying around on the ground at the 50 yard berm. (short pistol range)
It was the most fun I've had shooting in a loooonnnnnggggggg time. The rifle was spot on and I was blasting crap and it was flying up in the air and all over the place. A couple of other guys took notice and started watching so I let one of them shoot a mag full.....

But I digress. Back to the OP's post. Next project for me is to replace the plastic follower ASAP. I've shot plenty of rounds thru the gun and the follower continues to prevent me from loading more than 5 rounds at a time. I originally thought the follower would "loosen up" after 700-800 rounds but that hasn't happened yet. Heck, even if functioning properly that plastic contraption would have to go. Aint no way I would want a heir of mine to be cleaning this gun many years down the road to open it up and find a piece of plastic in such a classic firearm.
One of my favorite guns of many.
 

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It's normal and expected.

If you take the magazine tube off, you will see that about 1/2 the diameter of the barrel band screw protrudes into the magazine tube. There is not enough room for the follower to pass by the barrel band screw unless it's removed. There is a corresponding groove in the underside of the barrel to accommodate the rest of the diameter of that screw. IMG_0974.JPG IMG_0975.JPG

Left photo is the magazine tube--yours should look like the one on the right. Second photo is the barrel (I think. It may be the mag tube closer to the receiver. Anyway that's what the groove in barrel looks like.)

Your magazine tube should NOT look like the one on the left in the first photo. (Bubba was there.)
 
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