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Offline Driftwood Johnson

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Marlin Model 1894
« on: March 14, 2016, 09:00:33 PM »
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I bought this old Marlin way back in the 1970s sometime. It was made the second year of production, 1895. I happened into a local shop and came across it and bought it pretty much as a lark. It is chambered for 44-40, which I had never even heard of at the time. The shop had one box of Remington 44-40 ammo, I still have a few rounds left in that box. Many years later I took it to the first CAS match I ever attended. Fired one shot and it jammed up tight. I had to have help unloading it and used a borrowed rifle for the rest of the match. I took it to a smith and he discovered that the hook on the lever that pulls the block down was completely worn out. He welded a bit more metal on and got it functioning again. However by that time I had bought a Winchester Model 1892 so the old Marlin pretty much gathered dust. I did have Happy Trails do a little bit of work to it, lightening the hammer spring among other things. I took it to a few matches, shooting my Black Powder loads out of it, but it doesn't get shot a whole lot these days.

I should probably bring it to a few matches this year.







Here is a view of the hook that needed a bit of metal added.





The front sight is interesting. I seem to recall it is a Lyman sight, and it has a tiny ivoroid bead set in it.





Somewhere I thought I had a photo of the caliber call out, but I don't seem to be able to find it. It says 44W. Not 44 WCF and not 44-40., just 44W. Anyway, here is a shot of the patent dates. You can see how much wear there is on this old rifle.




Here is the tang with the model number.





Question to the moderators:

My photos of the rifle are bigger than they are showing up here. How do I get them to show up bigger?


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Re: Marlin Model 1894
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2016, 07:28:03 AM »
Very nice. Timely posting as I have just rekindled my interest in an 1894 Marlin, not an original
rather a current manufacture. I understand the Marlins are past the problems they had
with quality of a couple of years ago.
PS pictures came out perfect.
« Last Edit: March 15, 2016, 08:39:53 AM by Hewy »
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Re: Marlin Model 1894
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2016, 07:33:49 AM »
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I too am hearing that the current crop of Marlins are better than the recent past, but I have no direct knowledge of that.

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Re: Marlin Model 1894
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2016, 08:59:57 AM »
Thanks for sharing...a beautiful old rifle I would love to own!
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Re: Marlin Model 1894
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2016, 07:33:53 PM »
You bet!!!! Thanks for sharing. There sets a true classic.

I have a bit of experience with the old Marlins, but not what I do with the old Winchesters. From my experience, I am able to determine that they are damn fine rifles. Way simpler in design, super easy to tear down, fewer internal parts, and flawless operation. I suspect that I will own a handfull of the older ones before I pass this world.