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Having read all the replies to my "Advice Wanted" question, I have another. I understand the use of aluminum cases is not recommended. So, since I do not reload and will be buying factory ammo at the gun store, which works best in the lever action 94C? Should I start with 38 or 357? Does it really matter? Thanks.:confused:
 

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I've had a Marlin 1894C since the early 80's and I've shot Blazer .357 (aluminum cases) ammo in it for years without any problems, and I still do when I'm not shooting handloads. I really like the stuff, it's accurate and the price is usually pretty good, especially if you buy by the case (500 rounds). Having said that, you will need to try several varieties because I have a friend who has a 1894C that doesn't shoot Blazer ammo worth a flip, but eats up American Eagle, which is reloadable and at times can be easy on the wallet.
 

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AJ,

The question concerning the Speer Blazer ammunition in rifles was raised several years ago when it was first introduced. Speer advised against using it in rifles with the problem being head separations as I recall.

Even though we may have used a product for a specific use for years with no adverse results it is best for several reasons to heed a manufacturers advice in the use of their product, they have tested it and have good reason to advise against a specific use in this case.

Besides, in my area there is no cost advantage to buying the Blazer in most calibers since the UMC, Winchester and Federal loss leaders are often less. You shouldn't leave fired cases laying around even if they aren't reloadable, there is the issue of littering. If you do business with a store which sells reloaded ammunition or fired brass you can usually sell the fired cases back to them and realize an even greater saving over the Blazer.
 

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There is some Sellier & Bellot brass cased ammo out there for short money.

I have shot both there 158 gr jsp .357 and fmj tc .38 sp versions out of my win 94 with good accuracy.
 

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AJ;
First off, let me say that Alk8944 is absolutely correct. My experiences with a particular round, especially one that is not recommended by the manufacturer for use in your gun, should in no way be interpreted as encouraging you to go against their recommendations and use it. It would be a mistake. My personal choice, one taken out of ignorance, was placing my safety at risk and you should not do the same. I apologize for the poor advise.

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I had heard rumors and knew that Blazer had changed the coating on their cases years ago due to some problems and I ASSUMED that their actions with the coating had been the source of any problems, but never bothered to check. I spoke to Speer a little while ago and one of their techs informed me that they DO NOT recommend the use of Blazer ammo in lever actions due to the less than tight lock-up of some lever-action bolts and the possibility of case head separation in some older, especially loose guns. I appreciate your comments and I am grateful for your posting and knowledge. Hopefully someone else can benefit from my mistake and your knowledge. As I tell my kids, you are never too old to learn. Again muchas gracias.
 
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