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Dreaming about a Marlin 1894c project...

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by emanon, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    I'd like a Marlin 1894c (.357/.38 lever action rifle) with the following modifications:
    - enlarged loop
    - 336 style synthetic stock
    - barrel and mag tube cut down to 16.25 in
    - improved sights, probably a ghost ring rear with tritium front
    - all weather finish

    What do you think? Do you know where I can get something like this put together for a decent price and/or where I can get the parts to have it done?
     
  2. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    i wouldnt cut it down. it has a small tube capacity as it is. rather have more ammo then shortness. what are going to use it for?

    the thing i like best about your list is the improved sights.
     
  3. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    The rifle would realistically be primarily for satisfying this itch I have to have a lever-gun in my collection. ;)

    Secondarily, I would have it for defensive and general purposes in those places where semi-auto's and other "bad" guns are either a no-go or too much of a legal hassle. I am most interested in this model due to Marlin and the caliber's having very good reputations. I think sacrificing one round of capacity is worth it to make the rifle more compact.
     
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'd love to see it.
     
  5. borrowedsig

    borrowedsig Lincoln, Nebraska Active Member

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    What he means is he would love to touch it.....as would i.

    Matt
     
  6. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    i cant argue, i would love to add one to my collection as well.

    you have to chop off one bullets worth, how much space do you save? i dont know, you tell me.

    i think the wood stock makes it that much more classy. thats why my mini-14 still has one. but hey, your dream! do what you want :thumbup:
     
  7. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    Matt and Joey, I'll pass the hat at the next meet-up so that I can get started on the project!:p
    Or folks could buy and/or trade for the stuff I listed here... Please?!

    Knocking off a bullet should get me an extra inch and a half or maybe 2. Combined with a better stock, I should be able to knock off as much as 4 inches. I am not a fan of wood on guns. It certainly looks nice enough but guns to me are just tools and not something I want to worry about keeping pretty, etc. :)

    Here's a Marlin with a similar length barrel: http://www.madogre.com/images/Rifleman.JPG
     
  8. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    i still beat the snot out of my mini, its my coyote gun even, just look better with a wood stock.


    DSC04952.jpg
     
  9. borrowedsig

    borrowedsig Lincoln, Nebraska Active Member

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    That thing looks cool, i didnt think a shorty rifle would look very nice but it really does compliment it. I have about 5 cents you can have, want me to mail it to you?

    Matt
     
  10. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    yes!!!
     
  11. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    Back off youngster - that nickel is the first step towards my 1894c!
     
  12. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    arm wrestle you for it?
     
  13. SgtKashim

    SgtKashim Wilsonville, Oregon Member

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    Just stumbled across this on another forum - no info about it but it looks pretty cool...
     
  14. friskydingo

    friskydingo Oregon, NorCal, and Panama. Yes. All three New Member

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    win!
     
  15. snew

    snew Hillsboro, OR Active Member

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    You want to build a cool trapper. Great idea! Contact Wild West Guns in Anchorage AK or Brockman's in Idaho. There are a zillion levergun masters out there. We just have to find you the right one. I have a couple good articles and threads about doing this work yourself if you want or we can find you a guy to do it. I was thiniing of takling the job myself. I have 1894s in both .357 and .44

    I have Marlinitis bad. Here's my 1895. That's a WWG loop. The Elk's not mine.
     
  16. Deavis

    Deavis Mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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    I have a 94c in .357 which is a fun little shooter with the one ragged hole sight. They seemed to have jumped a little in price as of late.... dont know if it was the cowboy shooting or what. Why not do one in 30-30 and start with one that has a short mag tube? Those 336s are generally a little cheaper. . .

    My buddy and I are going to e doing a similar project starting with a Sears Ted Williams 100. Add a forward mounted Burris 2.75 scout scope, synthetic furniture, Ghost rings and parkerize or duaracoat.. should be a black tail/bear slayer!
     
  17. guitarguy

    guitarguy Vancouver (not BC) Well-Known Member

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    XS Sight systems makes a very cool looking scope rail for lever guns. I have a 336 project in process. Its a 30-30 and I am looking for a .357 Marlin as well.
     
  18. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    Anyone with a Marlin 336 or 1894c want to let me take it for a test drive? I'd supply my own ammo of course. :)
     
  19. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Don't know if it meets you "$$$" critera or not but check out www.wildwestguns.com out of Anchorage AK. I don't know the owner personally but the last two times I've taught a class in Anchorage I stopped in and I'm impressed.

    His speciality is exactly what you're looking for...many articles written up about his business and his mods to the Marlin lever guns. Enjoy.
     
  20. emanon

    emanon SE Portland, Oregon Member

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    Thanks for the info Dan. :) The services and products sound great but are outside of my budget.