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Old 08-19-2018, 08:52 AM   #1
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Marlin 1894

Picked up a 1894 Marlin in 41 mag. the other day for about 1/4 the going price. Like new with stickers an hang tags on it. Will take to range tomorrow. Pictures when camera battery charges. Close as can tell, was made in 1984 by the serial number. Sort of rare caliber as most were made in 45LC an 44 mag. Been after one for several years but did not want to pay the price. Almost bought a Henry a couple months ago, shop wanted over 700 for it, glad I waited.
 
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:02 AM   #2
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The .41 Magnum probably brought the price down. I want one in .45 Colt. I'm looking forward to you pictures and a range report.
 
Old 08-20-2018, 04:13 AM   #3
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The .41 Magnum probably brought the price down...
Agree. The .41 is like the 16-gauge. Not real common and I don't personally want to get into the caliber; but if you're already into it, it's plenty effective.
 
 
Old 08-20-2018, 05:41 AM   #4
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I used one for 14 years in Cowboy Action, in .44 mag. My wife uses one in .357. Excellent quality rifles. Broke the front portion of the firing pin at 9,000 rds, 1,500 rds late broke the back portion and replaced it with a 1 piece firing pin.
 
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The .41 Magnum probably brought the price down. I want one in .45 Colt. I'm looking forward to you pictures and a range report.
Meant to mention earlier - the Marlin is definitely a more modern design and lends itself to scope mounting better, but I've been very happy with my 1892 replicas from Puma. Probably 80-90% of the rounds I put thru the .454 version are 45Colt rounds, and it's been a great gun.
 
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Still no pictures, later this evening. Did take it out today an ran a little over 200 rounds thru it. Shoots good, only problem is the old eyes trying to see sights an targets. Ford Perfect hit a 125 yd. gong every shot. Going to scope it later tonight. Will try a 1x4 an a 6x an see what works better for me. Benchrest rifle it ain't but groups around 4 in at 100. Only had two different loads, a 195 gr. an a 220 gr. both loaded with 9.5 Unique.


Did not have a scope mount here. Ordered one.

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Old 08-20-2018, 03:38 PM   #7
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Pictures finally.
Been a fan of the 41 mag. since to 70s, started out with a model 58 then got a 57, traded those off on something else, had a blackhawk for a few years an it was traded.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:33 AM   #8
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Wow, that's pristine for being more than 30 years old.

Just goes to show that some folks don't actually use their guns, and that we can find great deals if we keep our eyes open. Great snag.
 
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Tested the 41 with a 1x4 Bushnell scope, shot ok but not enough power an the crosshairs are too wide. Going to put a K6W Weaver with fine crosshairs on. Rifle likes the 220 gr. bullet better than the 195 gr. Was loaded with Unique, going to load some more with 2400. Unique load is for the model 57 Smith.
Found a Ruger Blackhawk (mint) with 500 new Starline brass an either 500 or 1000 cast bullets, thinking about it but don't need another single action.

FordPerfect shot it better, has better eyes.

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Old 08-29-2018, 10:44 AM   #10
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Gun would not shoot the 195 gr. Lee bullet with Unique, 3in. groups at 50yds. Switched to a 220 gr. Lyman and 2400 powder, all 9 shots same hole. Weaver K6W with fine crosshairs helped. Grouped great at 125 yds. Also tried Titegroup, was not impressed. Next will test the 220gr. with Unique as that seems to work best in my model 57. Did not get to shoot at the gongs a lot as some asshole shot the chains off an most were hanging sideways. Did not feel like driving down to look. Was going back today but rain put a stop to that idea.
Now I would like to find a lever gun in 45Colt or even a .44. FordPerfect has a 357 that shoots nice.
 
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I have a Winchester lever in 44mag and my buddy had the same rifle in 45LC and both shoot really nice.

I carry mine as my primary short range deer rifle on my ATV. Carry it on the U rack in front of my handle bars and I have a 7mm mag for reaching out and touchin somethin in the mounted scabbard.
 
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They make good brush guns.
 
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I also carry a ruger super blackhawk in the same cal... which is nice cause they both use the same ammo
 
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