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Marlin 1894C Range Review

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Quigley, Dec 29, 2011.


  1. Quigley

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    I finally got to take my Marlin 1894 shooting today. It is a Remlin, and after reading about the quality drop off of the Remlins I was a wee bit concerned. I made sure to cycle the action with all the rounds that I planned on shooting prior to heading out to the country. Here were the rounds that I used and how they performed.

    Federal Champion .357 158gr JSP: These were excellent rounds, they fed and performed flawlessly. They appeared to be decently powerful and we had no problems hitting 1 5/8" post caps off hand at 25yards. Although the factory adjusted sights were about 2 1/2" high at this range with all ammo. I did not mess with the sights as I figured that would probably put it on at 100 yards

    Federal Champion .38spc 158gr lead rn: These too performed flawlessly and had the same POI as the .357 tested. These felt almost like shooting .22lr and were probably the most fun I have ever had with a rifle.

    Georgia Arms .38spc 158gr swc: These rounds were the absolute minimum length listed in the manual and as such they had a few hangups. We decided to try a little something different with these rounds. I had a leaky canteen in the back of my truck that we decided to toss up in the air and try hitting. At first this appeared to be a bit challenging, but after switching from aimed shooting to instinctive shooting (like shooting skeet with a shotgun) it turned out to be rather easy to hit. The hangups never proved to be anything other than a minor nuisance, but I would still not recommend using these rounds if you plan on doing any fast shooting. Accuracy appeared to be the same as with the earlier two rounds tested.

    Final Ammo note: I purchased some Hornady 140gr lever revolution rounds. These rounds advertise great ballistics while maintaining safety in a lever action. This may be true, but these rounds proved to be very difficult to load in the lever action do to their pointy design. The point seemed to want to drive itself in between the rim of the previous round and the wall of the tube. This was such a hassle that I chose not to even try these rounds while testing.

    All in all I could not be more pleased with this purchase. The gun performed better than I ever expected and the action was so smooth that I was able to take multiple shots at the canteen before it hit the ground. I don't know if this is a decent representation of the Remlins or not, but I would not hesitate to buy another one of these fine handy little rifles.
     

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  2. Glock40man

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    Good to know, I've held off buying one because of what I have read. Thanks for the info.
     

  3. mnglocker

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    My favorite rifles are all Marlins. Jes saying.
     
  4. mongo356

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    Good to hear.

    I would like to get a 44mag levergun.
     
  5. faawrenchbndr

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    I need to get one of the 1894C models, I bought my first Marlin a few
    years back. It's a 1894P, a factory ported 16" 44 Mag carbine,.........
    simply LOVE it!
     
  6. Nestor

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    Good to hear about your luck. Latest Marlins that were in my posession scared me away from this brand, but maybe they finally fixed the issues. Congratulations and thanks for posting!
     
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  7. Ferdinandd

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    Great review and great info - thanks. I was looking for an 1894 in .357 for a long time but gave up when the prices went up sharply. Hopefully they will settle back into the $450-500 range or less now that production has resumed.

    I'd be interested in knowing how your rifle groups at 50-100 yards, if you get a chance to shoot from a bench sometime.
     
  8. ronin.45

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    I wish I never sold my 1894P. It was a sweet little gun.:crying:
     
  9. Victoriagotagun

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    Great to hear you got a good one. :supergrin: Hopefully, Remington/Marlin's QC has gotten a lot better from the rifles I saw.
     
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    Yes! This is the gun I want next. Now that I have a 357 revolver, a 357 lever gun is a natural pal for it.
     
  11. Quigley

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    I will definitely put it on paper the next time I head out and make sure to give an update.

    Thanks,
     
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    Thanks for the report. :)
     
  13. Quigley

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    I put a 1 1/2" group on paper at 50 yards today with open sites. I used the bed of my pickup as a rest and after a few minor adjustments I was able to get that group.
     
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    How are the fit and finish? Are they equal to the older Marlins?
     
  15. Quigley

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    My dad has an older Marlin 336 and the fit and finish on this rifle is every bit as good.
     
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    Good to know. I have a 39M I bought new in 1986 and while the F and F is "good", good enough for me, it isn't exactly up to custom gun standards. One of the Remlin gripes on the net is that the F and F is awful. I'm glad it's on par with the older Marlins.
     
  17. jolly roger

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    I have a 357 and a 45 Colt Cowboy Limited both from back in 1998 or so. Love me some Marlins. Sounds like yours is a keeper!
     
  18. faawrenchbndr

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    Sounds like you've got a shooter!

    Congrats Quigley!
     
  19. Nestor

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    Any update?
     
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    Nice. I have an 1894 in .357 as well. I killed a deer with it this year. I used the Hornady Leverevolution rounds and had no problems loading. I shot the deer from about 50 yards and was very impressed with the effectiveness of the bullets. Congrats and enjoy.