Marlin 1894 - The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
Regular Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Allegheny Co.
Posts: 1,232
Back To Top
Marlin 1894

Anyone have any experience with the Marlin 1894 in either the .357 mag or the .44 mag? Are they a good deer rifle? Pros/cons?

You just shot an unarmed man. Well he should have armed himself!!! Clint Eastwood.
Ciscokid55 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 01:07 PM
New Arrival
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 5
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I have one in 44 mag. I have not yet taken it deer hunting, but did use it on a hog hunt. I like it, as it is small, thin, light, and easy to handle walking or still hunting. It is plenty accurate out to 100 yards. One note, mine won't shoot light bullets worth a darn. 240gr bullets will shoot in 1.5" at 100 yards, 185gr bullets are more like 5".
LenP is offline  
post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 01:10 PM
Frequent Contributor
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: 5C
Posts: 865
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I have always wanted a Ruger 77/44 or a lever rifle in 44 mag. I have a Ruger Black Hawk hunter in .44 now so it's a little hard justifying buying one. Your going to gain 100-300 fps in velocity depending on what bullet weight you plan on shooting over carrying a pistol with a 6 inch or longer barrel. If I had to choose one I would go with the .44 shooting some 240 soft points. That will knock them down good. Good luck with your choice and post some pictures when she is added to your collection!!!!
Gunjack is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 05:55 PM
Regular Member
 
Tuckerman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Washington, Pa
Posts: 1,121
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I had a stainless JM stamped Marlin.I sold it to a friend for a great price because I wanted another rifle. His young son used it on a hog hunt and a deer hunt. He said his son put down a large hog with three shots and 1 double lung shot put down a nice size doe. I regret selling it as that rifle is no longer made and my son could have used it a few years from now. It is a nice little gun and good for most all PA game
Tuckerman is offline  
post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-08-2014, 10:49 PM
Part of the Community
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: VA
Posts: 156
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I've got a really rough condition one that a friend gave me. Once I remove the rust scale, it's getting a new 1:16 twist barrel and a chamber cut for heavy flat nose bullets. It should be a hog and deer dropper.
Lake444 is offline  
post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-09-2014, 12:25 AM
The Man
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 9,753
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

Though I'm certain the .357 will harvest a deer, if I were going to routinely hunt deer with an 1894 I would be FAR more comfortable using the .44 mag.
kudu58 is offline  
post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-14-2014, 02:59 PM
The Man
 
keystoneMAN 85's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Lititz, Pa
Posts: 7,034
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I have a 1894 in 357 and 44 mag, never hunted with either - may try this year. Have always grabbed either the 30-30 or 35 counterparts in 336 configuration.

Don't Tread On Me is what it says and I'll take that to my grave.
keystoneMAN 85 is offline  
post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-14-2014, 06:58 PM
Senior Member
 
octagon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Pittsburgh,PA.
Posts: 12,604
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I don`t own the Marlin 1894, but I do own an H&R .44 Mag single shot rifle and can tell you it kills deer easily. I have a carbine with an 18 1/2" barrel. Up to 100 or yards or so, it kills them very easily with Winchester white box 240 grain soft point. No worries there. I would think up to 100 yards with the .357 you would be fine as well.

Life Memeber NRA
Life Memeber NAHC
octagon is offline  
post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-14-2014, 07:14 PM
Diehard Outdoorsman
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: north central Penna
Posts: 2,828
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

Quote:
Originally Posted by octagon
I don`t own the Marlin 1894, but I do own an H&R .44 Mag single shot rifle and can tell you it kills deer easily. I have a carbine with an 18 1/2" barrel. Up to 100 or yards or so, it kills them very easily with Winchester white box 240 grain soft point. No worries there. I would think up to 100 yards with the .357 you would be fine as well.
Its JMO but i believe 100 yds is pushing the limits of the 357 for deer sized game.

Save a wolf , take one to the taxidermist
darkhollowarcher is offline  
post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-15-2014, 12:37 AM
Hooked on HuntingPa
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: armstrong co. pa.
Posts: 295
Back To Top
Re: Marlin 1894

I have used hornady 265 gr. bullets in mine. Kills deer right now. Also , the 240's seem to group the best out of mine.
7600 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The HuntingPA.com Outdoor Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome