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Old 01-02-2013, 09:16 AM
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Just picked one up a few minutes ago, can anyone help me with a manufacture date? Serial number is 24098XXX Thanks
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:30 PM
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Maybe 1976.
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:49 PM
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Someone on another forum said to subtract the first two numbers from 100 and that would be the year, so 76 sounds right, thanks so much, Bill
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Old 01-02-2013, 03:54 PM
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According to this site Marlin Manufacture Dates
1976 is correct.

I have a 1979 and couldn;t be happier with it. I've had it since 1980 or so, but didn;t really appreciate what I had until I started reloading for it.

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Someone on another forum said to subtract the first two numbers from 100 and that would be the year, so 76 sounds right, thanks so much, Bill
Bill, that's true, but starting only from about 1973 forward. Before that, it was a mixture of letters and, for a few years before 1973, the serial number started with the year of manufacture (i.e. Ser# 69xxxxxx = 1969 mfr)
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Thanks Stretch, just got home from shootin' this thing and I'm with you, it shoots nice. I was just shootin' factory ammo and it shot 1-1/2 groups at fifty yards with open sights, and I can't see anymore. I was real surprised. Can't wait to load a little bit for it, gotta order a set of dies now, just been shootin' factory stuff in my other 44 which is a Blackhawk, don't shoot it much 'cause it's such a handful, but now I'm gonna start playin' around a little bit with 'em.
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In case you're interested (and I've seen guys with other favorite powder/bullet combos out there):
Mine shoots 240gr Hornady XTP bullets very accurately, using H110 powder and Winchester LP primers. I use the Win primers because they are rated as magnum primers, which I believe is needed using H110 powder (along with a nice, stout crimp).
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:56 AM
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In case you're interested (and I've seen guys with other favorite powder/bullet combos out there):
Mine shoots 240gr Hornady XTP bullets very accurately, using H110 powder and Winchester LP primers. I use the Win primers because they are rated as magnum primers, which I believe is needed using H110 powder (along with a nice, stout crimp).
I use the same primers, and come to think of it, it makes sense. H110 burns slow enough that you'll get a *tremendous* increase in velocity in a rifle-length barrel, so there may be high pressure for longer. Also, there's more powder, so you might get more consistent ignition with magnum primers. I'd used up my box of CCIs, so I can't test to see what those will do.

That said, I think I was using CCI primers in my .41 Mag rifle, and never had any issues, and that was the time I saw the 500+ fps increase between handgun and long gun velocities with H110 and Lilgun.
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I really have nothing to compare my results using Win LP primers, KO, except what I've read. Evidently, without a magnum primer and a stout crimp in the 44 Mag, there is the probability of incomplete burn (assuming the use of H110, of course). I haven;t experimented with this cartridge to verify that, I just stuck by those recommendations.
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I picked up a 1974 marlin 44 mag last month and love mine. Was fairly accurate out to 100 yards so far. Once I whip up some handloads we can see what she really is capable of. Stretch are u using iron sights or scope?
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Stretch once I get to my 25 posts I will put up some pictures of it. Best purchase I have made so far. Wish I could just go out and shoot it everyday!
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I have a 3x9 illuminated reticle scope on mine. It has had the action replaced by a gunsmith. Silky smooth. Waiting for father in law to gift to me his 1916 (winchester 1892) in 44-40 Wcf.
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Here u go

Here is mine.
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I picked up a 1974 marlin 44 mag last month and love mine. Was fairly accurate out to 100 yards so far. Once I whip up some handloads we can see what she really is capable of. Stretch are u using iron sights or scope?
I've had both and now I'm back to the original scope it came with, a Weaver K4.

When I bought this rifle, the guy had the K4 scope set in see-through rings. I left them on for years, fussing and fighting with being able to shoulder, cheek, and shoot that rifle. Finally, I took them off and, literally in utter disgust, tossed them in the trash.

I'm back to the Weaver K4 in Weaver bases and ? rings.



The only load I use now is 23.4 of H110 and Hornady 240gr XTP bullets. Shoots wonderfully. I refinished the stock years ago, not because it needed it but, rather because I just wanted to. ()
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Looks great stretch. I have a 3x9x40 weird illuminated reticle scope that came with it. Seems a bit much for 50-100 yard plinking and eventually hog hunting. I am looking for a 4x fixed scope to drop weight and profile!
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Isn't putting a scope on an 1894 Marlin .44 mag almost akin to sacrilege?

I get the best accuracy in mine with 250 gr Beartooth WFNGC .432 bullets (aperture sight). About half the group size of factory loads I've tried.
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It is sacrilege, Irv. At least I believe that too. But! Without a scope, and with my eyesight, the rifle is a 25 yard gun!

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Here is mine.
Congrats on the nice new Marlin! Not a thing wrong with a K4 and I've had one on a Marlin 30-30. But, I'd also suggest you take a look at a Weaver V3 1-3x20 for your 1894. It's what was on my 1894 when I took it hog hunting and I was sure glad for the large FOV when I fired the killing shot at ~10 feet at this boar. Best of luck with that nice older Marlin!
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In case you're interested (and I've seen guys with other favorite powder/bullet combos out there):
Mine shoots 240gr Hornady XTP bullets very accurately, using H110 powder and Winchester LP primers. I use the Win primers because they are rated as magnum primers, which I believe is needed using H110 powder (along with a nice, stout crimp).
That's my load combo as well: H110@23grs or H4227@24grs
23grs of H110 also works well with the 265 grain SP
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23.4 grains is perfect for my particular bore. I doubt I will ever try to improve that load with a different powder. It's done. ((()))
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I'm back to the Weaver K4 in Weaver bases and ? rings.
I'd bet a couple pockets full of quarters they are Burris Zees

I've mounted several sets, and they are as good as Leupold or Weaver Grand Slams, and as tough as a set of Rugers.
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