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Old January 9th, 2017, 01:38 PM   #1
 
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Question Problem with a friends Marlin 1894

Hi guys it seems that I have been visiting here quite a bit lately. I met a fellow online that lives about 40 miles away after chatting with him he has a Marlin 1894 .357 Carbine this rifle is JM Stamped I am guessing it does have the pre-cross bolt safety etc he is having problems with this gun cycling ammo smoothly especially using .38 Special. His rifle has been serviced locally but most likely by someone who really doesn't know Lever Action Rifles. Who would he be able to send his rifle to for repair?? Someone that specializes in Lever Action Rifles??



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try using cowboy loaded 357 rounds.
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Old January 9th, 2017, 04:50 PM   #3
 
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Is he using semi wad cutters? Is he using aluminum cased ammo? I have had a bit of trouble with semi wad cutter. Aluminum cased ammo it won't work in a marlin as stated in the manual and witnessed by me trying to use it before reading the manual.
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I've heard that from some CAS that the Marlins don't like SW ammo, he may have to shoot rounds nose, or round nose flat points. I just use the .357 case, and load it lite for plinking, but the 73 disgust everything I've feed it. I would play with different case, .357 over the 38 Sp. load a few of each and test them. The gun will tell him.
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I have also found that if the lever mechanism is not lube adequately you will have trouble work it.
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I have heard that the shorter case 38 special doesn't like to cycle as well in them.
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