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Elk creek Posts: 7,933 Senior Member
So the day before thanksgiving I stopped into the local slobber shop to wish all a happy thanksgiving. The manager was doing a buy deal so I hung back til he was free to chat. After they were done doing business I walked up and saw it! A Marlin 1894cl 357 mag in beautiful shape. I picked it up thinking it was a newer gun but a quick glance at the SN said 1999 as a manufacture date with a JM stamp! Without a word I handed the manager a 50 and said I’ll be back after thanksgiving to pick it up. The background checks are taking up to 4 days around here so I figured I’d pick it up Monday. I ended up swapping off a Rossi 357 I had as my fun token fund was not flush enough to get the job done. I’ll make that deal again in a blink though!!!
Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
There was a similar vintage marlin 357 in my dads collection that I gave to my daughter, I'll have to borrow it back next time we hit the range for comparison.
Looks almost unfired!!
Read online about having to polish an angle in the lever that makes contact against the bolt to avoid premature wear and therefore eventual loading failures and needs to replace parts. Seems as the earlier you do this the best so did it and no issues so far. Might be worthwhile to investigate (Think it was an stickie on one of the main Marlin forums).
Safety button can be nulled by replacing it with a saddle ring sling; currently considering it.
Mag follower is plastic and you can find metal ones (anodized aluminum usually) available online. Also planning to do it.
Other than swapping the front bead sight post with a solid rectangular one like those in modern handguns (also filed square the rear sight aperture to match) and polishing to bare metal the loading gate for better view of it in low-light situations (this has been my travel gun a few times), at least for me few mods are need for these cool rifles.
Avoid aluminum-cased .357 ammo too as instruction manual advices. Friend of mine had a few cracked cases in his and might be harmful for the chamber.
Range test please!
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