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redscho 07-30-2011 08:37 PM

Marlin 1894C Lever Action hangs up
I was just checking my Marlin 1894C 357 Magnum and found that the lever would hang up repeatedly when I tried to operate it. This has had no more than 50 rounds fired and always cleaned after firing. The lever action worked after a while but would still hang up where you couldn't operate it. I applied some Balistol and repeatedly operated the lever action. It seems to be OK now, but I was wondering what made it hang up in the first place as it was clean from all appearances. It was like it was locked in place, couldn't move it even a little.

hiwall 07-30-2011 10:42 PM

Seeing as how it is about new, it was most likely a burr or rough milling spot in the action. If so it should get smoother the more the action is worked.

1919A4 07-30-2011 11:49 PM

Sounds like you may have the dreaded "Marlin jam", which is a design flaw that Marlin acknowledges but does not readily fix, esp. on older rifles. If yours is new, call them and arrange to send it back. If it's used, you'll need to fix it on your own, and Marlin won't sell you the needed parts . (But Midway and Brownell's will.)

Read about it here: Marlin Jam article

redscho 07-31-2011 04:15 PM

Thanks for the reply guys. I just checked it again it it works flawlessly. Must be repeated working of the action and the Balistol cured whatever the problem was. I just looked in my gun log and see I purchased it new in 1980, 31 years ago for $137 (Woolworth -Woolco). Just checked and they are going for over $500 now. I should have bought a truck load rather than GE stock. :-(

trex1310 08-04-2011 12:53 AM

It's been my experience that you need to work the lever rather
briskly to avoid the hang-up problem, especially on a new rifle.

danf_fl 08-04-2011 12:54 AM

Use a correct tip screwdriver and check the screws for looseness.

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