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Posted: 12/21/2012 12:48:31 AM EDT
Just because.

Are the new Marlins as bad as some here say they are? Would I be better off looking for an older used Marlin or a Winchester? What do you recommend, or what have you purchased?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 12:51:01 AM EDT
I'd look for an old Marlin for sure, the quality control on the newer models are horrible
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 12:51:13 AM EDT
I have a Rossi M92 that has treated me quite well.

No practical experience with the others.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 12:52:38 AM EDT
I have a rossi m92. Been awesome so far, it was having trouble feeding .357 but braztech took care of it no questions asked. It is one of my favorite guns.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 12:53:17 AM EDT
Call me sometime. I'll let you try my Rossi 24 inch .357 rifle.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 12:54:01 AM EDT
I have an older browning that is an absolute pleasure to shoot.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 1:11:53 AM EDT
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 1:14:01 AM EDT
Me too.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 1:31:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 1:55:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mmf:
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.

Why wouldn't it?


My Marlin in .44 mag can be topped off



Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:02:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Nightdriver:

Originally Posted By mmf:
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.

Why wouldn't it?


My Marlin in .44 mag can be topped off





I had an older marlin in 35 rem that once you cycle the first round into the chamber the second round on loading lever prevents the loading gate from opening. Was wondering if they did the same if chambered in pistol calibers.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:03:53 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:07:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mmf:
Originally Posted By Nightdriver:

Originally Posted By mmf:
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.

Why wouldn't it?


My Marlin in .44 mag can be topped off





I had an older marlin in 35 rem that once you cycle the first round into the chamber the second round on loading lever prevents the loading gate from opening. Was wondering if they did the same if chambered in pistol calibers.
OK, I understand now, on mine it was harder to push the loading gate in to push the remaining rounds forward in the tube but it could be done.


Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:16:03 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Moose:
I have a Rossi M92 that has treated me quite well.

No practical experience with the others.
THIS is the correct answer.

Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:37:39 AM EDT
Big +1 on the Rossi/Puma .357. Mine rocks.
Link Posted: 12/21/2012 2:58:58 AM EDT
i think ruger made one
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 6:45:44 AM EDT
Love my Winchester 94 AE trapper 357. One of my favorite guns..
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 6:50:16 AM EDT
I have an older Marlin .44 mag lever action.
It's a great gun.
I would recommend the Ballard rifling and staying away from the Micro-groove barrels if you plan on shooting a lot of non jacketed bullets.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 6:52:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By wpeschel:
Love my Winchester 94 AE trapper 357. One of my favorite guns..


I have this exact gun in my safe. I have never fired it. I guess I should be ashamed of myself.


I do take it out, from time to time, and rub on it though.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 6:55:03 AM EDT
I traded this AR for this Marlin 1894cp. I hadn't shot that AR in years, that Marlin hasn't missed a range trip since I bought it.

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Link Posted: 12/22/2012 6:56:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By mmf:
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.


My Winchester can't. Once I let the gate close, that's it. My dad's Winchester .44 Mag will though.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:04:36 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2012 7:06:18 AM EDT by notdeadyet]
The JM marked Marlin 1894's are generally considered the best of the 357's.
That being said I saw one on the WTT forum this morning.
Looks like the ultra hard to find 1894CSS. Stainless 18" barrel version.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:07:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Joe731:
Originally Posted By mmf:
The winchester 94 can be reloaded while rounds are still in the mag tube. Does the marlin allow you to reload while there are still rounds in the mag tube?

Just a thought.


My Winchester can't. Once I let the gate close, that's it. My dad's Winchester .44 Mag will though.


I can't continue loading my Win 94 Trails End .357 after the door closes either.

I sure like shooting it.


Raffi
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:13:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrFrige:
WTH???


Slightest wind of AWB and now we are talking LEVER GUNS??? THIS ISN'T COWBOYGUNS.COM SON!! This is BLACK RIFLE COUNTRY!!!




A lever gun is just a cowboy assault rifle.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:13:38 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Beamy:
I'd look for an old Marlin for sure, the quality control on the newer models are horrible


Really?
I had a marlin .357 lever gun years ago....I sold it

sorry to hear that quality is low, freedom group?
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:20:59 AM EDT
"Rossi Mares Leg"

45LC




Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:24:31 AM EDT
Lever guns are a shitload of fun. When I have the money I'm going to get an older Winchester of some variety.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:31:25 AM EDT




Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:34:11 AM EDT
I have two leverguns currently.
An 1894 CP (357) and an 1894P (44 Mag)

I sold a Rossi 1894 357 lever gun to pay for some other purchases because I never shot it.

The Marlin 1894CP is a blast to shoot and loads of fun.

Havent shot the 44 mag yet.

I prefer the Marlin's over the Rossi's because the Marlins are side eject and allow for the easy mounting of an optic on top.
Rossi's are top ejectors and require a side mount for any optic.

Just my opinion.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:40:56 AM EDT
I have a Marlin in .357, and it's been a great little rifle.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:42:36 AM EDT
My Marlin 1894 .44 has noticeable recoil. I need a taller front sight or a scope because it shoots high at 50 yds. I would like to shoot one in .357.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:44:31 AM EDT
I´ve heard bad things about the quality of Rossis now.

I´ve ordered a 16" Trapper .357, Chiappa 92, with Rio Bravo Lever.

http://www.chiappafirearms.com/products/68

Will cost me just short of 1 K ...

but I NEED it!!!



Hermann
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:46:45 AM EDT
I have a real problem with anything made buy Taurus that's why I stick to Marlins.



















Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:48:40 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Moose:
I have a Rossi M92 that has treated me quite well.

No practical experience with the others.

At the time Rossi was the best bag for your buck, it's a nice shooter
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:50:11 AM EDT
I will report in when my Rossi 92 .357 large loop comes in. Then after I get it, it is off to have the barrel threaded!!

Link Posted: 12/22/2012 7:51:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Moose:
I have a Rossi M92 that has treated me quite well.


I'm considering one with a 24" barrel in .357. Nice, long gun.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:02:30 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/22/2012 8:02:40 AM EDT by rkal09]
Long Hunter shoots Uberti or Cimarron check his action here.

http://youtu.be/VY3dTX3aF7o

That is some fast action.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:28:02 AM EDT
My Marlin 1894c can shoot up to 246 grain bullets that I handload myself. It is also threaded for my Trident9 suppressor Those heavy bullets hit like a ton of bricks and they are very quiet.

Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:30:38 AM EDT
Pre-Safety Marlin.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:34:55 AM EDT
Originally Posted By autumnsong:
My Marlin 1894c can shoot up to 246 grain bullets that I handload myself. It is also threaded for my Trident9 suppressor Those heavy bullets hit like a ton of bricks and they are very quiet.

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd275/autumnsongmt/lever38357.jpg

That is awesome!


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Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:37:41 AM EDT
There was supposed to be a Rossi/Legacy/Puma released in .480 but I have never been able to find one.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:42:22 AM EDT
I had a Marlin 1894C. Nice gun. In typical fashion, I sold it off to fund some other purchase.

I could probably go for another one (to go with my S&W 64) or a 1894 in .44 (to go with my Dad's Colt Anaconda).
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:48:19 AM EDT
Stay FAAARRRR away from any marlins produced 2007+. Below that your gtg. Also I'd advise against Rossi. If you have trouble which is likely they are the worst customer service I've ever dealt with in my life. Tooks 3 months to replace a out of spec loading gate on a Ranch Hand and my experience is one of many. check out marlinowners.com
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 8:56:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By autumnsong:
My Marlin 1894c can shoot up to 246 grain bullets that I handload myself. It is also threaded for my Trident9 suppressor Those heavy bullets hit like a ton of bricks and they are very quiet.

http://i223.photobucket.com/albums/dd275/autumnsongmt/lever38357.jpg


What kind of load are you using behind heavy bullets like that?


(I understand reloading so you can answer sanely)
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 9:05:02 AM EDT
A buddy of mine's wife owns a Marlin in .357 Magnum. She shoots it often and well. She owns the first hundred yards with it.

Low recoil and low cost shooting with .38 Special reloads.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 9:14:02 AM EDT


I love this gun. A really great looker. Very nice action. It's a laser with almost any ammo and super quiet with .38 ammo. It is a little heaver with the octagon barrel but is fairly well balanced and I like the look of the octagon barrel. The weight helps to reduce the recoil some. My wife (that's 104 lbs and recoil sensitive) likes shooting it. I really want to panic buy the Yellow Boy in .22 LR to match it.
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 10:06:31 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 10:10:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 2006highsierra:
Stay FAAARRRR away from any marlins produced 2007+. Below that your gtg.


Any current manufacture that can be recommended?
I've been thinking of a .44mag next.

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Link Posted: 12/22/2012 10:12:06 AM EDT


I shot a Golden Boy a few months ago in .357/.38. That is very much on my list...
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 10:18:05 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bushmaster1984:
Originally Posted By Beamy:
I'd look for an old Marlin for sure, the quality control on the newer models are horrible


Really?
I had a marlin .357 lever gun years ago....I sold it

sorry to hear that quality is low, freedom group?

Me too.

I've been wanting one for about the last two years, just haven't gotten around to it. Now I suppose the prices will be going up.

Interested in the QC issues now...
Link Posted: 12/22/2012 10:31:09 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrFrige:
WTH???


Slightest wind of AWB and now we are talking LEVER GUNS??? THIS ISN'T COWBOYGUNS.COM SON!! This is BLACK RIFLE COUNTRY!!!




So you haven't seen Mossberg's lever action black rifle?



It was my understanding that for a rimmed pistol caliber, the model 92 and model 1873 were the prefered actions (can be made to cycle smoother than the newer actions that were designed for longer rifle calibers).

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