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Old 12-07-2009, 10:39 PM
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For all of us, survival situ's are going to be different, and we will each have our own vision of what security and protection should look like. For those who feel more comfortable having a carbine around that can handle their pistol rounds, either for themselves or loved ones, Marlin has just released some 1894C's in stainless steel. The .44 mag version has been around for years in SS, but the .357 version is new. The tube mag holds 9 .357's or 10 .38's, just like the blue model. Seems like a very versatile and functional option for those inclined that way.

I have always believed in the rifle-pistol combo option and have had Camp-9's and S&W 5906's for years, so they could share mags. Most of us have .357's too, and the 1894's tube mag will share ammo with any revolver. Just something, for those interested, to look into perhaps.
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Great gun, if you can find one (in either finish).
Love mine (blued). And my Blackhawk that accompanies it. Also my SP101 that accompanies them both. The Blackhawk also shoots 9mm and accompanies my other 9mm handguns. Which complement my 9mm carbine.

There are usually a few on Gun Broker, very difficult to find one when you want it otherwise.

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Marlin is releasing a run of .357, 1894's in stainless...
Oh great!...just what I needed to know...Now I've got to have one...LOL

I have this love hate thing with Marlin...Love their guns hate the fact they'll produce a particular rifle for a while and then stop, sometimes never produce it again...
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Puma, Henry, Rossi, and Navy arms also make 357 levers. Virtually all are good. I have the navy arms 24" stainless model. Not that handy due to weight, but accurate and reliable.

38 specials are also reasonably priced too, availability of ammo isn't that great though.

I have done some simple penetration testing with factory 357 loads and handloads from my rifle. It will get the game home if needed, but the 44 magnum is a ton better at it.
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i like the the 16'' trapper version, nice bush rifle
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My 1894 CS is my fave rifle hands down.
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i have the blued version and recommend it highly.
Old 12-08-2009, 11:57 PM
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I really like this gun, but I can never seem to justify it.

The 44mag in a lever action rifle is more effective.
A 7.62x39 rifle already covers short range and defense.
Too expensive to be a truck gun.

There just seems to be overlap with other calibers/rifles and although 357 as a handgun may have a strong arguement to being King, it does not compare well with other options as a rifle.

That being said, if I had all my rifle/handgun needs filled and had extra money I would get it. It's pretty and shiny.
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I'd agree, the .357 isn't for everyone...
I like the .357...

Being a reloader, the .357 makes sense to me from the perspective that it is easier on the pocketbook than some of the more powerful cartridges.

Rhetorically...How much power does one really need in a rifle? Depends doesn't it...LOL

From the standpoint of lever action/revolver combinations, Marlin makes a good rifle that is worth consideration...as there are other that are equally suited...

Stainless steel has proven itself to be a good all weather material to build rifles from. While the argument can be made that carbon steel will last longer, it will start to rust well before stainless does...Shiny, Rusty, Shiny, Rusty...Depends doesn't it...LOL

Yeah, I want one...not gonna turn loose of the blued one though...LOL
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I REALLY want the marlin 1894CP model but have not found one yet. It was a limited run production and has a 16" barrel. I may have to suck it up and pay a premium to get one I guess. That is the one I could really see myself shooting a LOT of 38 out of.
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I'd recommend one also, especially if you reload. You can easily reload .357 to dial it down for the recoil sensitive or the kiddies. Another good reason to stick to .357 in this gun in that some of them don't want to eject .38 Sp very smoothly.

A shop near me has a couple each of the blue and SS versions. The blue are $550 and the SS $600.
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I really like the Marlin 94 .357. I had one for a few years, then traded it for an .30-06 that I gave to one of my boys. I've got to get another one. They're fun.
I have killed several deer with the .357 mag. pistol, and know it will do the job. I never feel undergunned with it. Having a handy size rifle with good sights that shoots the same cartridge is great fun. BTW, don't try to shoot wadcutter .38 Spl in the marlin, they cause a terrible jam that requires disassembly of the magazine tube to fix. Don't ask how I know.
I still however believe that if you're using a rifle because a handgun is not adequate, you're kidding yourself when you go to a rifle that shoots a handgun cartridge. Get a full-power rifle cartridge in a rifle.
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I still however believe that if you're using a rifle because a handgun is not adequate, you're kidding yourself when you go to a rifle that shoots a handgun cartridge. Get a full-power rifle cartridge in a rifle.
I find the .357 handgun adequate in power for any purpose I need, including deer to 75 yards, it's just that I can't hit much of anything with one at that distance, but easily can with a carbine.

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Actually, with proper loads you should be able to kill a deer at 150 yards with a .357 Mag rifle. Depending on the density of the woods where you are, that may be farther than you can actually see a deer, but the cartridge is up to it.
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Last Saturday evening, I made my first deer kill (a doe) with my Rossi .357 lever gun. Shot her at about 50 yards with iron sights. It was very fun!
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Blued version in possession. Love it. Pre-safety version. I just love this rifle and so does everyone who has seen it and fire it.

Perfect truck gun.
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I'd like to lug mine around more but the wood is so nice. I'd like to find synthetic stocks for it, but I can't seem to. Anybody seen them available?
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May give Marlin a call, if not plastic, they'd probably have a set of straight grained stocks they'd sell you...at a reasonably price.
No memory marks for you eh...LOL
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May give Marlin a call, if not plastic, they'd probably have a set of straight grained stocks they'd sell you...at a reasonably price.
No memory marks for you eh...LOL
Thanks, that is one good idea. I was wanting synthetic just for the potential rough handeling it might get in a situ. I have friends with SS 30-30's and synthetics and they look great too. You'd think with all 94's out there someone would be making them. I just can't find them.
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i op-ed out of 9mm and went back to .357 just to get a marlin 1894cs. the 18.5 inch barrel is perfect for me. i can carry 1 ammo for 2 guns,(i also have a ruger gp100) and not worry about digging for the "right" ammo. i love this combo and can't imagine being without it from here on out. very acurate and deadly at any range i plan on shooting from. anything out over 100yards, i plan on passing on, or hiding from. plus they are fast to load and fire without wasting ammo spraying all over the place.
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