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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?
 

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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".
 

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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!!!!
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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octagon said:
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.
 

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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.
 

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darkhollowarcher said:
octagon said:
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.
I respect that. I am talking just a rifle, not a revolver. Also only talking with a rifle sighted in with tight groups for sure.
 
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