Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

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Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#1 Post by fordwannabe » Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:47 pm

A couple months ago I was at an auction and bought a frankengun Marlin 1894. It is a 1970's Marlin 1894 straight grip, saddle ring carbine presumably was in 44 mag. It now has a properly marked older Marlin barrel in 38-40. The barrel has all the Marlin firearms lines with address blah blah. Caliber markings appear to be factory correct, with a post type front sight, now the confusing part, no rear sight slot? What the heck is it? Why would it not have a dovetail? Thanks for any ideas.
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Re: Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#2 Post by AJMD429 » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:15 pm

I found a Marlin factory barrel (for $108 8) ) from Numrich a few years ago, in 45 Colt, with factory markings, and put it on my 1970's 1894 in 44 Mag. ALL the other parts are the same between those chamberings, so it was an easy way to get a round-barreled 1894 in 45 Colt without big bucks. The gun was already 'non-collectible' due to having rusted and then refinished by Parkerizing.

That barrel didn't have any sight dovetailing or drilling in it for sights either, if I recall (I will double check). It did have the forend dovetail cut though. Didn't matter to me, as I keep a Burris Fastfire-II and a LaserMax pistol laser on a scope-base mounted in the receiver holes. (...hey, I told you it wasn't a 'collectible'... :lol: ....but loaded with subsonic 950 fps flatnoses, it is a near-perfect gun to grab on the farm if something goes wrong outside, day OR night...!)
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Re: Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#3 Post by Griff » Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:33 pm

I did the same as AJMD429 and bought a rusted up 1894 and the seller had a Marlin octagon barrel in 45 Colt, marked "Cowboy", it did have a rear sight dovetail. After cutting to 17" adding a new front dovetail and finding just the right rear sight, I got it installed.
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As to WHY the factory didn't cut a rear dovetail... I think they overstocked on 45 Colt barrels and finally just sold all of the stock off to Numrich in whatever condition they were in at the time. That's a guess... But, it seems a likely guess! :P :D
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Re: Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#4 Post by gundownunder » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:50 am

Did Marlin have a custom shop?
If so, could somebody have ordered that barrel specifically for use with either a receiver or tang sight.
I use a receiver sight on my 357 Cowboy, and find the rear sight dovetail to be a blot on an otherwise nice octagonal barrel.
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Re: Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#5 Post by fordwannabe » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:28 am

When I say old barrel, I believe this to be an early 1900's Marlin 1894 barrel. Again it is in 38-40.
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Re: Ok I'm confused Marlin 1894

#6 Post by Griff » Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:58 am

fordwannabe wrote:
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:28 am
When I say old barrel, I believe this to be an early 1900's Marlin 1894 barrel. Again it is in 38-40.
In that case, then I'd have to agree with gundownunder, probably a rifle ordered with a tang sight. (When, were receiver sights introduced)?
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