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Old 05-28-2011, 01:32 PM
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I bought this rifle a couple of years ago thinking it would be a great back up rifle. I even thought that my GS now 8 would enjoy shooting it. It has a 16.25" ported barrel and is almost impossible to tame at the bench to site in. It had no scratchs on the loading gate but did not come with papers or box. They made very few of these so I wonder what kind of worth it may have. I installed a Williams Recvr. sight on it and now plan on shooting .44sp to get it on paper. A great SD gun should I need it.
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Old 05-29-2011, 04:08 AM
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Jim. They were more popular than you think. Put on ear plugs and muffs and the recoil will go down. It is not the recoil but the blast that makes it seem bad. I use a folded towel to help with the shoulder because the design of the levergun does put it right to the shoulder. It at the same time makes for good accuracy in a easy rifle to carry. Shooting the specials will help these issues but moving to 25 yds for sight in will help you more to get on paper. You can get there sighting down the barrel.
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Old 05-29-2011, 05:27 AM
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They made very few of these so I wonder what kind of worth it may have.
Jim, at the moment, almost any Marlin 1894 will bring a pretty good return on investment, especially if it's a pre crossbolt model. A decent recoil pad will take the bite out of the recoil, but the muzzle blast is incurable on the ported version with serious .44M loads. If you don't handload, the .44Sp is a good option. On the other hand, handloading for the .44M is well worth the cost, and even the economy presses from several makers will handle the chore of resizing midrange loads with 180-210gr jacketed bullets.

I have a 77/44 myself, and started my daughter off with the Hornady 205gr Cowboy bullets over a modest dose of Red Dot. The .427's shoot real well at 50yds, and recoil is about .243 level. 250 bullets run about the same price as a single box of .44M from the factory. Plain base cast bullets cost half that much @ $50/500.
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:22 PM
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Jim ... you're lucky to have one. They are rarer than hen's teeth to come by these days. It should bring a pretty price if you've still got it?
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Old 01-25-2012, 04:38 PM
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I bought one (pre-safety) at K-mart wen they closed out firearms at the local store. Paid $65 for it. Still in the box, never fired; I wipe it down with light oil every other year. Bought it for 'trade goods'; maybe I should be checking out those prices. I have another 1892/44 that I've used for deer hunting, nice light walk around deer gun, especially in the laurel thickets.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:31 PM
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Hard to beat an Marlin 1894 or Winchester/Rossi in .44 for a carry around rifle to check the feeders or hen house. I keep mine stoked with BTB 265gr WFNs, 290gr LFNs, or 300gr WFNs. They are fine unless you're at the bench. I also have some 185gr & 200gr plain-base bullets for plinking at pop cans and such. We practice with 6 rounds in the magazine and 5 soda cans @ 50 yards as fast as we can. Great fun and great practice.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:53 PM
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For fun and walking in the woods, the little lever is hard to beat.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:03 AM
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Hard to beat an Marlin 1894 or Winchester/Rossi in .44 for a carry around rifle to check the feeders or hen house. .
I'd think for checking the chickens they would be fine anywhere in the lower 48.

Do you own a Rossi by any chance?
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I bought this rifle a couple of years ago thinking it would be a great back up rifle. I even thought that my GS now 8 would enjoy shooting it. It has a 16.25" ported barrel and is almost impossible to tame at the bench to site in. It had no scratchs on the loading gate but did not come with papers or box. They made very few of these so I wonder what kind of worth it may have. I installed a Williams Recvr. sight on it and now plan on shooting .44sp to get it on paper. A great SD gun should I need it.
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I had NP selling mine online for $750 last Summer - I bought it in 2002, and it was still pristine, despite having been traipsed through the Maine Woods after Whitetail every year.

But then - I didn't actually beat any brush with it, either.

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My 1894 was purchased at K Mart in the 1970s as a companion piece to my .44mag. It was fun to shoot and extremely handy. I only killed one deer with it using a handload. The little rifle got fired a lot at the range, in my back yard and the woods. I never even thought it had any value other than as a hunting/utility rifle. It's still in excellent shape with a 40 year old Redfield 2 1/2 power scope. It has also worn a nice Lyman receiver sight from time to time. I never wanted to part with it and now I guess I still won't let it go. I learn something every day and this is splendid.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:02 AM
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I sold an 1894 P 16.25" ported barrel Marlin 2 days ago for $750. It was a nice clean gun, but I sure like shooting my Bolt-action Ruger 77/44 more than that little Carbine. ( I took the 1894 as a trade on a Saiga S-12...a real deal for me)
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I should have posted a picture of mine - it's by far my handiest stick, it goes with me everywhere on the back forty and I've taken a number of whitetails with it over the years. The real beauty of it is that it loves your standard Winchester White Box Value Pack 240 gr JSPs from Wally World which makes it a very affordable shooter.

Now, it does have a little oomph to it but I like that. It it is a hard hitter down range and a tack driver out to 100 meters.

I'm getting older and my eyes are starting to tell on me so I am actually thinking of mounting a little fixed power ACOG type piece of glass on it to keep it handy yet help my older eyes some.

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:36 AM
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Thinking of the problems the OP stated. Could a good 'smith just block those nasty ports? Silver solder or threaded plugs?

Any one ever done this?
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I have carried mine scoped and unscoped. Now I carry it with ashley ghost ring and front post and do not shoot it over 80 yds. When I want something scoped I am carrying a Tikka 3 Lite in 06. the balance of carry and weight seem to be about the same. the balance just disappears when you scope the marlin, in my opinion. I hunt near Camden. We should do a hunt sometime, GP.
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the balance of carry and weight seem to be about the same. the balance just disappears when you scope the marlin, in my opinion.
I have a M336 in .30-30, and one in .35Rem. The .35 is scoped, and even with a 8oz Weaver 1X-3X it's not quite as nice to carry as the .30-30. But it is way easier to shoot at 100-150yds.
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I bought one (pre-safety) at K-mart wen they closed out firearms at the local store. Paid $65 for it. Still in the box, never fired; I wipe it down with light oil every other year. Bought it for 'trade goods'; maybe I should be checking out those prices. I have another 1892/44 that I've used for deer hunting, nice light walk around deer gun, especially in the laurel thickets.
You sure about that Harry? I was unware that they ever offered the 1894P without the cross bolt safety ... and I cannot imagine it ever going for $65 at KMart. I think you may have your Marlins mixed-up a bit.

MSRP on the 1894P was $399.00 when it came out some 15 yrs ago or so and it was a limited run carbine ... "short barreled guide gun ported barrel" in 44 Mag.
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