Ruger 77/44 mag or marlin 1894 44 mag

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Redneck420, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Redneck420

    Redneck420 New Member

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    I am thinking about getting a new rifle to deer hunt with in my home state of indiana and I can't decide between the ruger 77/44 magnum or the marlin 1894 44 magnum. I currently hunt with a marlin 1894fg 41 magnum but it is really hard to find ammo for the 41 magnum anymore so I am thinking about the 44 magnum. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Hairtrigger

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    For me it is like this.
    I would choose a PRE-Remington Marlin over the Ruger
    I would choose the Ruger over the current production Marlin
    I believe the new Marlins just do not have the quality they did a few years ago
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    buy a loading press. lots of 41cal bullets and brass for rolling your own.

    both are great guns though. i dont think either is a bad choice. comes down to whether you want a bolt gun or a lever gun. i love my marlin 45-70 gbl

    my marlin is a new "remington" and its very good quality.
     
  4. Hairtrigger

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    I have heard bad or average but you are the first I have heard "very good"
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Most of that stuff is from people who dont own one or used one. Just parroting back what they have heard. My only gripe about marlins are the craptastic iron sights but thats endemic to lever guns period. I did a lot of research on that before buying and couldnt find one first hand story just a lot of complaining about freedom group buying henry remington marlin as the ultimate source.

    I have changed the plastic mag follower to extruded aluminum and the two piece ejector to a one piece. I just ordered the xs sights and picatinny rail combo package for mine.

    Every other new marlin ive seen on shelves with the rep barrel stamp has been of outward very good quality.
     
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  6. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    If i was going to spend good money on a ruger 77 it would not be for a straight walled pistol cartidge. Buy an older marlin with some some signs of being used but maintained.
     
  7. big shrek

    big shrek Well-Known Member

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    Lately, and I mean within the last four months lately...they've really come a long way.

    Marlin literally had to shut the lever-action line down for awhile to get folks trained on how to make Lever-actions right.
    Which is to be expected with any new manufacturing line...its why First-Year cars tend to have more problems than the following ones...
    Most folks simply won't buy the first year of anything until a healthy amount of testing is done...
    Remember the Ford Mustang?? What was the biggest change from the 1964 &1/2 model to the 1965??
    Ok, it was a substandard generator that got changed to an alternator in 1965.
    How did they figure that out?? Customer Complaints...Repair Orders out the yingyang...
    Same thing happened at Marlin...they put in new CNC Equipment and hired all-new crews...whatcha think was gonna happen next?? :)
    Training training training...

    For those who remember what was going on at Henry before Current Management decided to Prod Serious Buttock on quality...
    after they added their CNC machinery...same thing...except Henry took a bit less time to get it together...
    Although their pump-action rifle is a bit chintzy where it really counts...I cannot abide by cheap, ill-fitting plastic on a pump forearm...
     
  8. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 New Member

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    If you're buying a Marlin, how do you know whether if the Marlin you're looking at is the new and improved post-assembly line shutdown Marlin, or if it's a pre-assembly line shut down Marlin?
     
  9. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    Hey Redneck, if your looking for a home for that .41 shoot me a PM. I'm a hoosier as well and have a curiosity for the .41's

    If it was up to me i would get the marlin. The marlins shoot well enough...just the fit and finish is a bit lacking on some. whereas the Henry big boys are spot on...but for the $200 difference in cost they BETTER be.
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    Inspect the gun. You can tell just by careful visual if the screw holes on top dont line up straight or the front sight is canted etc. This is true of any gun new or used from any maker. If the reciever is dented or scratched up or severe tool marks on the interior etc.

    I bought mine sight unseen as i had to order one but i did a thorough inspection of it and all guns before i sign for it
     
  11. Gabby

    Gabby New Member

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    I have an older Model 1894 Marlin in .44 Mag and would very much like to pick up an M77/44 but in stainless and with a laminated stock. That way it would match my .22LR. All of my Marlin lever rifles are older models without the new cross bolt safety feature which I really don't like on a lever gun. In my opinion it just doesn't belong there. Kinda like putting diapers on John Wayne.
     
  12. DWSGISO

    DWSGISO New Member

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    Would you sell your Marlin 1894FG ?

    Redneck, would you be willing to sell your Marlin 1894FG? I need a saddle rifle to go with my Ruger Blackhawk .41 Magnum.
     
  13. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I would get the Marlin.
     
  14. Cheeseman

    Cheeseman New Member

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    Been looking for a 1894 in .41 myself. I have Marlin 336's in 30-30, .35 Rem, and 38-55, 1895 in 45/70 and 1894 in .357. I like 'em.
     
  15. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    I just looked at a used(like new) Ruger 44 mag rifle. It was marked $500. It was a nice gun.