I can attest to that! I bought a new 1894CP earlier this year. This is the most fun to shoot and my most favorite rifle I've ever had! I won't give this rifle up for nothin'! If you don't reload, Corbon and Buffalo Bore makes a very potent round for .357 Magnum that I would think would be good medicine for black bear.Jerry Lester said:...It's very easy to get attatched to one of these little rifles...
If you are interested in heavy cast bullets, try the excellent Rock Island Ballistics 180 grain STCW. The maker used to post on Marlin Talk as El John O. He says they were designed to feed in a Marlin 1894, feature a .290 meplat and are cast at 21-22 BHN. 14.9 grains of Lil' Gun get them moving a touch over 1,700 fps average in my 1894C. If you're looking for penetration in a .357 magnum, it's going to be hard to do much better.Buckeye said:I'm really impressed,with the performance of the .357 in a Marlin !
With heavy hard cast 170 gr.s it would be a Great Deer /Black bear Combo.
I may just have to break the Piggy bank and purchase me one.