Widder, SASS #59054 Posted March 9, 2016 Share Posted March 9, 2016 I thought I would share a little info about a couple of the NEW Marlin 1894's I have recently worked on. One was a .38/.357 that I think was produced a couple years back (not sure). The other was one of the more recently produced 1894's in .44 spl/ .44 mag Wood to metal fit was improved and kinda nice. No ugliness. The inside was rather clean and absent of any ugly machine marks, gouges, etc... Action on the .357 was so-so. Action on the .44 was overly stiff and tight. I noticed TWO things that were different and actually made the gun feel a little different. And in my opinion, it was causing the action to have a minor 'catch' while working the action. #1: Instead of having a type of 'rounded with flat edge' on the tip of the lever, the levers edge in these rifles had the scalloped portion which ran completely out to the end of the lever and created a sharp edge. #2: the slot in the bolt (which accommodated movement of the levers edge) was also contoured different. It was a very clean looking contour but in the 2 rifles I had, the shape of the levers edge and the contoured cuts in the bolt slot DID NOT help in getting a smooth action. I had to do a little polishing of both the bolt slots AND I slightly rounded the sharp scalloped tip of the lever to get rid of that little 'hitch' while closing the action. I wish I had taken pictures of Before and After but I didn't. Sorry about that. As with probably a lot of shooters who like the Marlin, I'm curious as to anyone else's experience with the new 1894. All in all, BOTH rifles were modified to function VERY WELL, both fast or slow. BUT, I might be hesitant in the future to work on the newer Marlin because I'm getting tired of all the new surprises I encounter. Surprises aren't always bad..... but bad surprises are always bad... ..........Widder Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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