I got a guy locally that has a lil 18" barrel marlin 1894 chambered in .38/.357 I am not a huge fan of Lever guns but I love the idea of a carbine in that caliber. He is selling it for $375 is that a pretty decent deal? any input would be great
it's on my list of "next to have"....brand new they were running around $500.00 on the last gunshow, if you could find them....you usually see one or two per gun show and they are gone in the first 15-20 minutes.....
If it's in good shape that sounds like a good deal to me. Last year I looked locally (Upstate NY) for a Marlin but ended up with a glad just to find it Puma 92. I got it for $450 on special order @ Dick's, soon after that I saw a new Marlin for $600 @ a local gun show. A nice feature of the Marlin is that it has a side discharge that allows for a better mounting area for a scope than the top eject cowboy style, Winchester clone Puma. It's my second ever lever action rifle, after a Henry H001 which sold me on levers. So far I kind of like shooting the 38's more than the 357's...not what I expected.
Unlike you I love lever guns. I'd get it in a heartbeat especially since I don't have that caliber. All I've got is the Marlin 444 and a Henry Golden Boy 22. I'm always looking to add to the lever gun collection and having a carbine in pistol caliber would be good. By it! If you don't like it you can always donate it to the 2 TN Mules Lever Gun Museum.
thanks for all the great input I think im going to take it. I dont think that its the hex barreled one but its hard to tell I do know that it is in great shape. I sometimes run across deals that just "sound good" and even though lever guns arent really my thing... I think they could easily be real fast! I will have to post a few pics once I pick er up which should be thursday or friday night
If I dont like it the 2tn museum will be a great place for it to live out its days
Nice, sounds like it's a go... As a heads up if your not aware of it, when you go to get some ammo as it's a lever with a "nose to primer" tube mag it is recommend to use only flat points. Personally I think the lawyers make the manufactures say so, but it does seem safer to me. Also, that should have a Micro Grove barrel that supposedly better likes jacketed bullets (an argumentative subject). The Winchester / Puma (1 : 30 twist) can handle soft lead and the heavy / hard, hand cast Cowboy bullets but apparently these rounds (especially towards the heavier loads) aren't as accurate with a Micro Grove (1 :38 twist). I'd ask the seller what he found that worked for him with that particular rifle. I'm still trying to work out a grain / weight and manufacturer balance between the 38 and 357 rounds, as far as a reasonable compromise on dialing in the sights on a single setting for range use with both calibers. I did find that on my Puma if I sight in for a heavy weight 38 SP that when I go to cycle lighter weight 357 Mag's that they're pretty much "off paper," and it requires a sight reset.
Don't forget to post those photos, like to see it when you get a chance...