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Old November 6th, 2015, 09:38 AM   #1
 
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New to me... Marlin 1894

I've always loved lever action rifles. Watching loads of westerns on the tele growing up as a kid sure didn't help.

A week ago, a forum buddy decided to sell me his current production 1894 in 44Mag for a steal. I originally wanted one in 45LC or 357Mag but the price was too good to pass up. Fit and finish is pretty good and the only negative I've seen so far is the rear sling stud must've been installed on a Friday at 4:59pm as it's a little off-centered.

Got her in my paws a couple days ago and she feels almost broken in. I'll slick her up this weekend.

With my aging eyes, I find it hard to get a good sight picture with the buckhorn rear sight. Maybe a Skinner aperture sight is in the books.




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Old November 6th, 2015, 09:47 AM   #2
 
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Congrats! I hope you'll have a long love affair with your Marlin.

I have a 1894CB in 45Colt that I take along anytime I'm introducing people to shooting. Funny how the guns that everybody winds up enjoying to shoot the most are the levergun and the six-shooter!

By the way, a Marble's Tang Peep sight has worked wonderfully for me.
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Nice pick up for sure. I HIGHLY recommend the Skinner rear peep, tang mounted with the filler for where your rear buckhorn is mounted. They have a filler that can hold the peep aperature if you want to remove it and use the remaining peep as a larger ghost ring setup. I can relate to the old eyes issue! Put that setup on my 1895 Cowboy with the tapered octoganal barrel. You would be surprised at how accurate it is on squirrels.
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Thanks fellers.

I've never been crazy about the tang sights but I won't rule 'em out just yet.

Red Dirt Dave, you're right about liking the oldies. Don't get me wrong, I love my ARs and semi-auto pistols but some days, you just want to kick back with good old fashioned iron sights on some six shooters and lever guns.

Thanks for the tip on that filler. I was just going to fold the sight down but it'll be cleaner looking without it there and added storage for the aperature is handy, rather than losing it in my pockets.
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I have a 1971 saddle ring version of that rifle..still working on the sights....currently using Skinner peeps but need to adjust the front....it's considered a "sin" to put a holographic sight on these but at 50 my eyes just aren't what they used to be....
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I have a 1971 saddle ring version of that rifle..still working on the sights....currently using Skinner peeps but need to adjust the front....it's considered a "sin" to put a holographic sight on these but at 50 my eyes just aren't what they used to be....
Good to hear it's still going strong.

Yeah, I read that I'll need a taller front sight if I get a Skinner and that 0.5" height is a good start. I'll need to do some reading up on 'em.

I already ordered the WW TriggerHappy trigger from Brownells to get rid of the sloppy factory trigger.

Anyone finding the finger lever edges a bit on the sharp side?
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You'll have fun with that one, i know the feeling on ageing eyes.
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These 1894's are nice! Had one in .32 H&R mag but sold it. Have one left in .41 mag that's on the chopping block. Nice rifles just not needed in the grand scheme of things here now.
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I have always loved marlin levers over winchester ones.
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I will admit that I love my 1894 Cowboy in 45Colt, they are just such smooth shooters and always bring a smile to all who shoot them. Congrats on the new addition, I'm sure it will bring you years of enjoyment.

Blkhawk73 Its funny, the 41mag and 32H&R are some of the most sought after and hard to get guns and you had both. I wish ruger would bring back the little 32 because I wont pay the $1000+ that these are selling for now.
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Blkhawk73 Its funny, the 41mag and 32H&R are some of the most sought after and hard to get guns and you had both. I wish ruger would bring back the little 32 because I wont pay the $1000+ that these are selling for now.

I found that out. Bought them both on impulse years ago. Got the .32 intending on using it with a pair of .32 mag Single Sixes (baby vaquero style) in CAS. Never pursued it but found someone that wanted them for just that purpose. The .41, well, it's a .41 so no other reason was needed. LoL Now though, it's just time to reduce inventory and it's not one I'd use (only have 10 or so shots through it in all these years) so it'll get a new home hopefully. Seeing on GunBroker what they go for... Yikes!
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Great acquisition Trinimon. Those Marlins are great and I hear the new ones they call Remlins are just as good as the older Marlins. My older Marlin.44 is stainless, but I really prefer a blue lever as it breaks in easier IMHO and just looks right. These things are accurate as well. With a Williams peep and fiber optic I am good to 200 yards using 300 gr lead hard cast bullets.

Have fun!
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Now Marlin needs to wake the Hell up and start producing the 1894 again in .357 Magnum!!!
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