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Old January 6th, 2016, 01:14 PM   #16
 
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There is a guy in Mi. that does an excellent job fixing the timing issues with the carrier, goes by the handle of "Gunner Gatlin" in the cowboy action circles. Not very costly either, around $30 , IIRC.



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Old January 6th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #17
 
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There is a guy in Mi. that does an excellent job fixing the timing issues with the carrier, goes by the handle of "Gunner Gatlin" in the cowboy action circles. Not very costly either, around $30 , IIRC.
Do you have firsthand experience with Gunner Gatlin's work?
Does he have a website or something to contact him?

Word of mouth recommendations for a good gunsmith are always welcome.
Thanks again to the OP for sharing. My 1894 needs a polishing...
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Old May 10th, 2016, 11:52 AM   #18
 
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Holy smokes it's been a busy 2016 so far. I finally got around to shooting my Marlin 1894 after slicking it up. Nothing exploded and I still have all 10 fingers. Just kidding.

I'm pleasantly surprised how well it shoots in my shaky hands and old eyes. The groups might be be tighter in a better shooter's hands.

Here's 10rnds at 25yrds handheld at an indoor range. Not to shabby for me. 240gr FMJFN behind 23.3gr H110.

I'll have to see how it does at 50yrds on a rest when next I go to my home club. I'd try for 100yrds but with old eyes and aperture sights, hitting the mark would be like playing the lottery.

Shoots a bit low. I raised the rear sight too. I'll have to file down the front sight a bit.

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Good job.
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Noted Clyde Ludwig took care of that ugly safety problem. I've got 3 Marlin's one in 30-30 Cowboy Model, smooth out of the box, just had to replace that ugly safety as I did with the Cowboy .45LC, and the 1895 45-70. Just did some minor polishing on the later two, to take care of their machining errors.
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Nice work

Great project. Really appreciate the clear explanation and especially the close up photos. It always makes you feel better to get a gun running more smoothly.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 12:33 PM   #22
 
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Really great work. That's some skill, wouldn't even know where to begin with this project.
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