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i just bought a marlin 1894 in .357/.38 caliber. can anyone tell me what kind of velocity and energy i'll get from these rounds? i know how much they will produce from most pistols, but i'm hoping the 18' barrel will add something to that. also, what is the biggest game that i could kill with such rounds, and at what ranges?
 

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I average 200 fps more velocity in my 1894C than in my Ruger Blackhawk (6 1/2" barrel) with the same ammo (Chronographed). My favorite handload (158 gr JHP over 13.5 gr 2400) runs around 1450 fps in the Marlin and around 1250 in the Ruger.

I originally bought my Marlin for javelina and have taken one Texas whitetail with it over the years, in addition to javelina. I limit my shots to no more than 100 yards, but I feel it is adequate for deer within that range and anything smaller.
 

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A copy of what I posted in another thread...

These are the sort of speed differences I see in my 4 inch 686 vs. my 18.5 inch 1894C:

158 grain cast RNFP over 10.5 Blue Dot, 1063/1489

180 grain cast TC over 14.9 Lil' Gun, 1137/1703

158 grain Hornady FP/XTP over 18 Lil' Gun, 1203/1867

125 grain SJHP over 18.5 H110, 1161/1970.
 

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With the BTB 185 gr. over 16 gr. of H110, I get 1700 fps in a Win. 94, 16.5" barrel. The same load in a S&W mod. 28, 4 in. barrel gives me 1150 fps. This is a max. load.
Jeff
 

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johno,
Lots of good load data above. A freeware program that I find very usefull for tracking loads, and generating ME and trajectories is available at:

http://www.huntingnut.com/pointblank.html

My experience with a 24" barrel in a M94CB is + 20-30fps/per inch over the listed factory velocities. YMMV, (your mileage may vary). As my Speer #11 points out in it's rifle loads for the 357Mag, extra barrel length makes for significant velocity increases.
My hunting loads I try and get up around the 1000# ME mark.
But I don't need to shoot many of them, last two years; two shots; two drops = 20pts.:) . Both at the 25-30yd range, which is what you get in this neck of the woods most of the time. Year before it was a 16ga. slug that did the business.
Placement, Placement , Placement is the key. All 200#+ animals. None of them knew what hit 'em.
So go out and Practice , Practice , Practice,,,,,,,, it sure does help if you roll ur own, and I cast as well. You got the microgroove or a ballard rifled barrel?

Cheers,
R2
 
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