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Dreaming about a Marlin 1894c project...

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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?
 
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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.
 
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.
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 :s0155:
 
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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: <broken link removed>
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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!
 

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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.
 
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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.
 

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