Marlin 1894

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Polygon, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    I'm thinking of buying a Marlin 1894. I've always wanted a cowboy style rifle. Problem is that I'm not sure what caliber to get it in. I'm thinking between .45-70 Government, .45 Long Colt, and .44 Magnum.

    I already have revolvers in .45 LC and .44 Mag. I'm interested in .45-70 though. I'd love to hear what everyone thinks about it.
     
  2. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The 45-70 is a model 1895. It is a big nasty round on both ends and expensive to shoot.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Unless you reload... its a baby 458 winmag. The upper curve of the marlin loadings hit the range in power where the lower end of the big 458 start. Fantastic deer and large north american game cartridge.

    Ive got a 1895 marlin gbl. Fantastic gun. Capacity isnt that much compared to smaller pistol chamberings but you better not be recoil shy.
     
  4. therewolf

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    IMO, it all boils down to if you need the range of a 45-70,

    and will use it.

    I have no need for the extreme range offered by a 45-70, so

    .44 Rem Mag is a good fit for me.

    I like the 1894, because it's easier to scope than most

    lever rifles, because of side ejection. Also great stock

    furniture, if you get a nice one...
     
  5. hiwall

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    The 44 mag would be mighty fun to shoot with 44 specials in it. I've shot many of the Marlin 45/70's, they don't kick to bad especially if you use 300 or 350 grain bullets.
     
  6. Polygon

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    Yeah, I didn't even know about the .47-70 until I saw Hickock45 shoot one on his Youtube channel. It looked like a lot of fun. I looked up the price of rounds and you guys are right, they not cheap. The idea behind this gun it a fun gun for me. Still, you never know. I could use it as a trail gun too.

    The nostalgia in me loves the idea of one in .45 LC to pair up with my Ruger Vaquero. The .44 Mag is the least interesting to me for some reason. I like the idea of the .45-70 since it's something new. I guess, I could always buy two?
     
  7. longunner

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  8. HOSSFLY

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    Go for the 45-70 ;)
    Tons of fun :D
     
  9. JTJ

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    I used to load for the Ruger #3. You could take a 405 grain to 2200fps. The Marlin wont handle the Ruger loads. The Marlin load was 1850 fps. I had loading data specifically for the #1 & #3.
     
  10. rjgnwdc

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    1894 .44mag

    I recently got a 1894 .44mag and its a hoot to shoot and probably the cheapest of the 3 you mentioned especially if you reload. Here's mine with a Leupold 2-7x33 scope mounted on it and my S&W 629 .44mag
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  11. therewolf

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    HOSSFLY! How ya doing, man?

    Yeah, I like the lever handle on the 1895,

    FWIW.
     
  12. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    It sure looked like it. I think I'm going to go for it in .45-70 but I think I'm going to get one in .45 LC as well. Just a matter of which one to get first. :D
     
  13. HOSSFLY

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    Doin better Wolf :)
    Honestly i'll take Marlin over Winchester in any pistol cartridge (or one Winney don't offer like the 45/70) :cool:
    A Marlin CB with a 26" barrel in 45/70-----Now thats a RIFLE :D
     
  14. Gabby

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    I have both an 1895 in .45-70 and an 1894 in .44 Rem Mag. With full loads the .45-70 bumps a little. But then so does the .44 with full loads. I've found that the accuracy of the .44 isn't real great. From what I've been told Marlin didn't use the best rate of twist in this model. If memory serves me right I believe it has a 20 inch twist. Whatever. Both are nice rifles and are fun to shoot.

    Here's a still shot captured from a video of my friend's girlfriend who insisted on shooting my 1895.
    (Yeah,I know she isn't wearing any eye protection. She didn't want to.)
     

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  15. HOSSFLY

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    Gawgd I hope that aint where the butt was when she pulled the trigger :eek: :p
     
  16. Gabby

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    No. But there is a funny after story. To this. Later at the root beer stand I saw her pulling her blouse back a little and looking at her shoulder. She said she thought it looked a little red. I pointed and told her it looked to me like she was a bit swollen. She says I'm the only one that makes her blush.
     
  17. Cheeseman

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    Yea, I have both the '95 and '94 . With full house loads I've shot out 2 scopes on the '95. It's a beast. The '94 is sweet to shoot. Depends what your doing methinks.
    BTW All Marlin levers side eject..
    I'd like to find a '94 in .41 mag, pretty scarce tho...
     
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