Reviewed By: Joe S on 05/30/2015
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
This is a detailed review for anyone looking to purchase a newly manufactured 1894 (mine was made 2015).
First off, "A" service to Buds'. This is the 2nd firearm I've purchased here and I had no issues receiving the firearm through my FFL. My only qualm is that it would be nice if Buds' took a picture of the "actual" firearm; my 1894 had much darker wood than the picture posted and though I've warmed up to it...I would not have purchased it in person.
CONS: This is the first firearm I've purchased that did NOT work out of the box. Though it cycled snap caps (dummy rounds) it was EXTREMELY rough to cycle live rounds & then jammed after just a few. It jammed on a live round which took the RO 15 minutes to try and pry out. I had to send it back to Marlin (on their dime) and wait a month.
PROS: It's fun to shoot! Now that I have it back it seems to function mostly flawlessly though I did have one jam in about 100 rounds, but it was cleared pretty quickly.
It's California legal! It fits 11 rounds of 44 special in the tube (better than CA 10 round detach mag law) and doesn't look "evil".
It's affordable to shoot! 44 MAG/44 Special is an affordable round to shoot in a rifle if you're not reloading....affordable vs other rifle rounds (.308, 30-06, etc.)
Marlin had great customer service.
Marlin MOSTLY did their part by "polishing" the action and paying for shipping both ways though I'm a big believer in doing something right the first time. I will continue to try different ammo until I find one that I'm 100% pleased with. Now that my new lever gun is working, I'm happy with my purchase at the cash discount price I paid. I encourage anyone (especially CA residents) to buy it, though if you have a problem don't hesitate to send it back.
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