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Old 12-22-2009, 12:46 PM
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Need a price on a NIB Marlin lever action .357/.38 Special. Do these feed .38 special ammo reliably?

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Retail on the Marlin .357 Cowboy is over $700, so if you have one unfired, in the box it should be worth at least $600.

I have a Marlin .357, it feeds all .38 Special/.357 ammunition, but favors .357 for smooth feeding and accuracy. .38 Special lead semi-wadcutters feel very "clunky" when chambering, and give poor accuracy.

.38 Special lead round nose feed OK, accuracy is OK but not as good as 158 grain lead round nose or jacketed bullets in .357 cases. I can get 1.5 inch groups at 50 yards with 158 grain jacketed ..357 magnum hand loads.

I really like my Marlin .357, makes a good companion to my 4" Model 66 revolver...
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I bought a NIB current production 1894C about three-four months ago for $595 and tax.

Wicked accurate little bugger, and feeds 38 Spl RN, JSP, and SWC without a hitch.

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I have an 1894CP, its a great little carbine and more accurate than I can shoot, but it will not feed .38 Special length ammo, jams up consistently, but feeds .357 without a hitch. Fixing the dreaded Marlin jam:

http://marauder.homestead.com/files/marlin94fix.html

I bought mine 5-6 years ago, I think I paid in around $450 for it new then.
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Budsgunshop.com has them listed for $479 delivered, however, they are currently out of stock. I'm waiting for the 44's to come in.


http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/41044
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I bought my new Marlin 1894C, 38/357 from my dealer for $550 out the door. So far it has had no problems feeding either caliber. Maybe thats because I have used only FMJ ammo.
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I just purchased a NIB Marlin 1984C .357/38 from a member on the Marlin Forum for $500, and my FFL charged me $15 for the transfer.
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Good luck finding one. The demand is high on these rifles and they sell out as soon as or before they come in. Some folks order a half dozen on spec and they show up in auctions, buy-it-now, and classifieds at high prices.

The demand is such that used ones, if you can find one, sell for nearly the price of new ones. Just a point of terminology, a firearm once sold at retail is no longer legally NIB (BATFE Rules). Only the first retail owner has warranty privileges. Some manufacturers don't check to hard about that. A seller's NIB claim may be true in the practical sense but legally it would be a used gun, perhaps As New In Box, Mint, etc.

Anyway, here's my track on the 1894C .357, I sure love mine:

Marlin 1894C Rifle in .357 Magnum,.38 Special, Plus P, 18 in Bbl, .38 Special, Plus P . Bluebook of Gun Values (30th Edition) indicates between $365 in 98% condition and $465 in 100% condition for this gun. I have 49 recorded prices for this model gun from $325 to $705 over a period of 4 Yrs 6 Mos ending October 26, 2009. The average price as of that date was $491. No refurbs, no refinishes, regular sights, all represented as 95% or better, no distinction for import location or engineering revision, if any, no special editions, no distinctions for box, papers, tools. Current or last MSRP is $591.

Here's how the data trends chart out. Notice the price trend is at about $560 as of October 2009 for used rifles:


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Actually, the gun is ANIB. The rifle is complete with box, papers, etc....
Seller stated that he put 50 rounds of ammo through it to check functionality.
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Good luck finding one. The demand is high on these rifles and they sell out as soon as or before they come in. Some folks order a half dozen on spec and they show up in auctions, buy-it-now, and classifieds at high prices.

The demand is such that used ones, if you can find one, sell for nearly the price of new ones. Just a point of terminology, a firearm once sold at retail is no longer legally NIB (BATFE Rules). Only the first retail owner has warranty privileges. Some manufacturers don't check to hard about that. A seller's NIB claim may be true in the practical sense but legally it would be a used gun, perhaps As New In Box, Mint, etc.

Anyway, here's my track on the 1894C .357, I sure love mine:

Marlin 1894C Rifle in .357 Magnum,.38 Special, Plus P, 18 in Bbl, .38 Special, Plus P . Bluebook of Gun Values (30th Edition) indicates between $365 in 98% condition and $465 in 100% condition for this gun. I have 49 recorded prices for this model gun from $325 to $705 over a period of 4 Yrs 6 Mos ending October 26, 2009. The average price as of that date was $491. No refurbs, no refinishes, regular sights, all represented as 95% or better, no distinction for import location or engineering revision, if any, no special editions, no distinctions for box, papers, tools. Current or last MSRP is $591.

Here's how the data trends chart out. Notice the price trend is at about $560 as of October 2009 for used rifles:

Looks like somebody needs a new 6Sigma project.
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That thar sure is one new fangled graphy thing!
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The one the local gun shop order back in Feb came in this week. It is priced about $570
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Great gun, one of my favorites. Getting an action job will improve operation greatly.

These are some pictures of my limited edition 1894CSS, .357/.38 in Stainless Steel.

I use mine for Cowboy Action Shooting.

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Interesting thread, as I've been checking into a new .357 lever gun. I'm hung up on whether to get a Marlin, or a Henry "Big Boy" in .357... I can get the Henry for $670 at one shop, and the Marlin in stainless steel for $640 at another shop (no luck finding a blued Marlin .357...). Based on some checking around, the Henry seems to be priced pretty competitively, and the Marlin seems a little high (the guy actually came down $40 for me; he has it priced at $678...), but I'm not sure how much more the SS versions go for, compared to the blued guns...?

So, what do you guys think? I've got a few Marlin lever guns, and really like them, but I also think the Henry seems very well made (great action, very nice wood, octagon barrel, etc.), and looks pretty slick. I know the Marlins are harder to come by, but does anyone have a Henry so they can give some comparative experience?

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I ordered one (1894C) new in box about 5 years ago for $419.00 plus tax from local gun shop. The cheapest I'd seen one was $409 about 50 miles from me near New Orleans. Beautiful rifle in American Black Walnut. Had to send it back immediately with a "hate letter" after first outing to the range. It would NOT dependably feed any .357s or .38 Specials from several ammo manufacturers. Certainly no more than 2 in a row in either caliber. I had an extreme case of the "red ***". They sent a LIST back with it of the items they'd replaced and polished. In the letter I had asked them what the hell happened to quality control?!!! Never heard an answer on that question. They did repair it well and it remains slick as glass even to this day. Put a 4-12 cheap scope on it (I wear trifocals) and can hit a tennis ball with it easily at 100 yds. I love it......... "now".
Wish you the best with yours and Merry Christmas, Wilson

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After picking up a very nice (95%+) Model 10-5 pencil barrel, I decided I had better sale my Kahr T9 to come up with some cash. I was offered in trade an ANIB Marlin 1894C in .357 mag. I anxiously await its arrival. I told the wife I could sell the rifle easier than the Kahr. After everything I've read on the Marlin, it probably won't be going out the door any too soon. I like the idea of a rifle for home defense that can chamber the same ammo as my revolver.
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Well mine runs the .357 and .38 Specials by any manf. "now" since I sent it back to the factory and they did a damn fine job the 2nd time around. It's just a pity it was allowed to leave the factory new and in that condition. It truly is a beautiful rifle. It's not like the birch finish models you used to see at Wally World. It really is 1st class looking with fine rich dark walnut. Great lines.
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Interesting thread, as I've been checking into a new .357 lever gun. I'm hung up on whether to get a Marlin, or a Henry "Big Boy" in .357... I can get the Henry for $670 at one shop, and the Marlin in stainless steel for $640 at another shop (no luck finding a blued Marlin .357...). Based on some checking around, the Henry seems to be priced pretty competitively, and the Marlin seems a little high (the guy actually came down $40 for me; he has it priced at $678...), but I'm not sure how much more the SS versions go for, compared to the blued guns...?

So, what do you guys think? I've got a few Marlin lever guns, and really like them, but I also think the Henry seems very well made (great action, very nice wood, octagon barrel, etc.), and looks pretty slick. I know the Marlins are harder to come by, but does anyone have a Henry so they can give some comparative experience?

Thanks, and Merry Christmas.
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Chuck Hawks/Hawkes(?) does a comparison of the Marlin, Uberti and Henry Big Boy lever actions. Do a google search, it should turn up.

From what I've read, you can't beat the Marlin for price and performance.
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I put a 1894CSS on Lay-a-way a few weeks ago.Price was $659.95+tax.Thought it a little "steep" at the time.Now I'm thinking the price is about right.
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Can't help you on the 357, I'm looking for one too, but I want the old style without the safety. In fact I came across a Marlin 1894 Pre- safety 44 magnum yesterday on the way home from work. Pretty gun. Yea, I bought it, $400 out the door. Like them lever guns!
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I picked mine up today. A very handy, small carbine in a nice caliber. I'm thinking it would make a great home defense/SHTF rifle. I can't wait to get out and shoot it. My intentions were to sle this right away. I thought I would be able to turn it a little quicker than the Kahr. This rifle will remain under my roof. It is definitely a keeper.
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I've got both the 1894 357 and 44. Bought them at York Arms in Memphis in the late 70's, the asking price, $110 each. I convinced the store manager to sell both for $100 each OTD. The 44 has accounted for more than 30 deer and the 357 has more than a dozen.

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My 1894 357 pre-safety I picked up for 450 with 4x wide angle scope and worked perfectly for my doe this year.

It is my new favorite gun.
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