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After church my wife, our three boys, and I met up at my parents house with my little brother and his wife and two young'uns. After eating and talking, my brother and his bunch had to leave early so the wife and my kids swam with my momma and daddy and I went out in the field shooting. He's even less of a rifle guy than I am but today was all rifles. He brought his Marlin model 80, a 1958 336SC 30-30 that has a 4x Marlin scope, and I brought the minty 1894 .357.

We had the best time. We shot, talked, and it was just awesome. That 30-30 of his is a sho nuff shooter too. But since this is the 1894 forum, let's get to business.

First, this rifle shoots way better than more poor abilities. Off hand groups of 1 inch were standard at both 25 and 50 yards. I do tend to pull to the right though, I need more practice.

Second, this rifle feeds .38 special and .357 flawlessly. Not a single hiccup. I love shooting .38 out of it. It's so darn quite you can hear the bullet slap the target over the sound of the round going off. Lol.

The only .38 specials I had on hand were 158 gr. I found that those big ol .38 specials like to drop at 50 yards too.

All in all I'm real pleased with the little gun. Shooting minute of whistle pig seems to no problem! It was a great day.
 

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Man that's neat. Sounds like you had a great time shooting those 38's! I can't wait to try 44 specials out of my 44 mag 1894.
 

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Sounds like a good time Colonel. Had a 70's vintage 1894 that was the same way, even feed SWCs.
Glad you got to have some fun.
 
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Thanks gentlemen. I'd toyed with maybe selling or trading later, but the more I shoot it the more it grows on me. I can see why there's such a following.

Nothing like old guns and family, our culture could use more days like this!
 

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1 inch off hand at 50 yards with 38 specials shooting iron sights....that is some nice shooting man. Congrats!!
 

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1 inch off hand at 50 yards with 38 specials shooting iron sights....that is some nice shooting man. Congrats!!
Lord I wish that was the case. I hope I wasn't misleading. 1 inch, 38 special, 25 yards. About the same at 50 yards with the 357 mag.
 

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I agree with others saying you'll probably have regretst if you sell it. I got mine and have to say it's my favorite go-to rifle. It just feels right in my hands. Never had a rifle feel the way this one does. I believe if push came to shove, it would be the last rifle I'd let go.
 

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Glad to hear that they're lots of fun Colonel. I just won mine off Gunbroker 25 minutes ago, so it will be coming in a week or so. It's a JM .357, micro-groove, looks like from the 70's or early 80's. Here are some pics.... Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 20.51.24.png Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 20.51.45.png Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 20.52.13.png Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 20.53.06.png Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 20.54.34.png
 

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Way to go!!! I was watching that one, trying to gauge how good a deal I got in mine, lol. Congratulations!

Do you like shooting .22's? The .357 stoked with .38's is even more fun! It's that awesome.
 

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Just wanted to say I have a 38/357 1894 as well as a 44 mag, and the 357 is my
favorite Marlin to shoot. If you don't have a steel plate gong target build you one.:biggrin:
 

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Oooooooh, I've got to do that!
 
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