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I am new to cowboy gun but recently became owner of this Marlin limited 1894 cb in 45 colt. The gun seems to be in great condition. From the SN I could figure out the year of production being 2008 so not too old. It also has a 20" octagon barrel which is very attractive ti me and usually has a little higher value than a standard round one.
Like to hear your opinion on this gun. Is it a true collectors' piece and is the 45 LC caliber popular among cowboy competition shooter?
What do you think it's worth today?
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All the attachment links take me to the Admin announcement page. :unsure:
 

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Wow, I didn't realized how BIG the pics are. Sorry....well, at least you guys could see "details" ;))
 

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BTW, are the rifling Ballard or micro-grove? Also which weight of projectiles should I use to achieve 1200 fps?
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Very nice rifle. (y) IMO, you need to go out and shoot it.

I can't comment on value vs. rarity because I'd rather shoot 'em than look at 'em. So any value in a piece being rare is no longer meaningful. For me, the value is whether or not I can use it, what ever it may be.

BTW, are the rifling Ballard or micro-grove? Also which weight of projectiles should I use to achieve 1200 fps?
Thanks guys!
The image of your rifle's muzzle shows standard rifling. I believe that all CB rifles have standard rifled barrels.

I assume you're looking at handload data; best thing is to get a hold of a couple of loading manuals and browse the data tables.
 
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Paulo,
Appreciate your input. I had waited a long time to finally got this rifle.
I read that the recoil is minimal/nothing, so much less than the 30-30 that I shot before. ..
 

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Paulo,
Appreciate your input. I had waited a long time to finally got this rifle.
I read that the recoil is minimal/nothing, so much less than the 30-30 that I shot before. ..
Oh yes all the pistol caliber carbines are very pleasant to shoot almost 0 recoil. And Congratulations on that beautiful rifle
 

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Nice rifle. A 250 grain RNFP over 9 grains of Unique or 6.5 grains of IMR Target will shoot accurately and be right in your velocity range, 1150-1200 ft/sec. Standard (non-magnum) primer only.
 

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Nice rifle. A 250 grain RNFP over 9 grains of Unique or 6.5 grains of IMR Target will shoot accurately and be right in your velocity range, 1150-1200 ft/sec. Standard (non-magnum) primer only.
Thanks Rob. Sounds good. I agree that there is no need to go beyond 1200 fps for target up to 100 yards.
 

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I don't think it's a collectors piece. I think it's a desirable Marlin Cowboy rifle!
It's way to new for that status! It's a beautiful rifle that any lever action guy would love to own!
Change out that ugly safety with a plug. That's what I did with my 2006 1895 Cowboy in 45-70.
The 1894 is a handy light little carbine that's lot's of fun to shoot!
Around here one in perfect condition would bring around $900 to $1,000 bucks!
 

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I am new to cowboy gun but recently became owner of this Marlin limited 1894 cb in 45 colt. The gun seems to be in great condition. From the SN I could figure out the year of production being 2008 so not too old. It also has a 20" octagon barrel which is very attractive ti me and usually has a little higher value than a standard round one.
Like to hear your opinion on this gun. Is it a true collectors' piece and is the 45 LC caliber popular among cowboy competition shooter?
What do you think it's worth today?
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Nice looking Marlin Cowboy. I have owned 3 different 45LC Marlin CB Limited with the checkered stock and forearm and 24in octagonal barrel which which I prefer, but I am a big guy(6'4") and the 24in barrel suites me better. You ask if the 45LC is popular? I guess it depends on the person.It is a historic round developed in 1873. I do not hunt, just target shoot. Nor do I re-load (no space). At one point the 45LC was going for about $28.00 for 50 round and was pretty much readily available. Then Taurus came out with the Judge handgun that shoots 410 and 45LC. At that point for me the 45LC started to get harder to find because when folks would by a Judge then of course bought a box or two of 45LC. prior to the Judge the 45LC was a old kind of obsolete round. Then the ammo shortage hit. Finding any ammo let alone 45 LC became nearly impossible. When I did find it, it was commanding $40.00+ a box.This is just my experience with the 45LC I am sure others here will differ greatly Enjoy!!.:giggle:
It is a fun historic round to shoot with barely any recoil. You will enjoy it. :giggle:
 

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Good point. My other Marlin 336Y says micro-groved.
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Nice looking Marlin Cowboy. I have owned 3 different 45LC Marlin CB Limited with the checkered stock and forearm and 24in octagonal barrel which which I prefer, but I am a big guy(6'4") and the 24in barrel suites me better. You ask if the 45LC is popular? I guess it depends on the person.It is a historic round developed in 1873. I do not hunt, just target shoot. Nor do I re-load (no space). At one point the 45LC was going for about $28.00 for 50 round and was pretty much readily available. Then Taurus came out with the Judge handgun that shoots 410 and 45LC. At that point for me the 45LC started to get harder to find because when folks would by a Judge then of course bought a box or two of 45LC. prior to the Judge the 45LC was a old kind of obsolete round. Then the ammo shortage hit. Finding any ammo let alone 45 LC became nearly impossible. When I did find it, it was commanding $40.00+ a box.This is just my experience with the 45LC I am sure others here will differ greatly Enjoy!!.:giggle:
It is a fun historic round to shoot with barely any recoil. You will enjoy it. :giggle:
Remy,
Here in Canada a box of 50 of these LC ammo retailed at $62+tx...
So I'm definitely going to reload if I continue to shoot it on a regular basis. I'm already making my own 30-30 & 25-20 so just a matter of investing on another die set.
 

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Very nice rifle. (y) IMO, you need to go out and shoot it.

I can't comment on value vs. rarity because I'd rather shoot 'em than look at 'em. So any value in a piece being rare is no longer meaningful. For me, the value is whether or not I can use it, what ever it may be.



The image of your rifle's muzzle shows standard rifling. I believe that all CB rifles have standard rifled barrels.

I assume you're looking at handload data; best thing is to get a hold of a couple of loading manuals and browse the data tables.
Paulo, You have really given me something to contemplate with your above outlook on value vs.rarity. I guess I have never taken the time to look at my Marlins that way. Especially when I am working a plan to buy my next one and deciding if I will have to sell something in order to get my next one? What is more important to me? Do I want rarity/valuable or shoot-ability?Or can one have both? I do shoot every Marlin I own, just do not abuse them. Anyway...your thread for me is thought provoking. :unsure:
 

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Paulo, You have really given me something to contemplate with your above outlook on value vs.rarity. I guess I have never taken the time to look at my Marlins that way. Especially when I am working a plan to buy my next one and deciding if I will have to sell something in order to get my next one? What is more important to me? Do I want rarity/valuable or shoot-ability?Or can one have both? I do shoot every Marlin I own, just do not abuse them. Anyway...your thread for me is thought provoking. :unsure:
There's a guy a few houses down that bought a new Dodge Challenger a few years ago. He never drives it. It's just sits under a car cover up against the wall in his garage. It's not like it's a Hellcat or anything special. I don't see the reasoning behind spending money like that just to look at something.

The odd thing is this guy rides a full dress Harley. He leaves that out on the driveway in the pouring rain and 100F summer sun.
 

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I have the .357, 44/40 and the .45 Long. I still have to get the .44 mag. They are a desirable Marlin not to rare. I believe they made 1500 of each caliber the years that they were made. Semi rare for number built.
 
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