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Aesir
09-09-2010, 3:36 PM
I've always wanted to get the iconic Model 94 to add to my collection. I'm not in a hurry to buy one, but I always keep an eye out. I tend to think that I would prefer a .44 mag, just because it would be a more usable caliber and something I could interchange with .44 mag revolvers. I'm not bent on getting a pre-64 and frankly wouldn't really want to pay the premium.

My question is: what are the value of these Model 94's today? Do the .44mags command a higher price than the 30-30's? Are there big differences in value if the rifle was made in the 70's, 80's, or 90's? What are things a buyer should look for when shopping for one of these rifles? I am a novice when it comes to Model 94's--I just like the look of these classic level rifles and think they would be a fun rifle to own.

Snapping Twig
09-09-2010, 5:02 PM
I'm a Marlin guy, but at the end of the day, it's the Ford/Chevy debate, so with that in mind, here's a couple Cliff Notes.

Pre safety is good if you can find it. Many have issues with the Winchester rebounding hammer, so look for earlier models.

Seems like the prices for a Marlin 44 is anywhere between 350 ~ 750 and I'm certain Winchester is similar. Harder to find than a 30-30, so no doubt that adds to the cost.

People say the .357 or .45 are more desirable than the .44, but I disagree. IMO, the .44 is a fantastic round for these lever guns.

Something to note, the bores run bigger than you might think, IE: .431 as opposed to .429, so you might need to size or buy fatter bullets for best accuracy. IOW, your regular revolver rounds might not be accurate in the rifle, but if so, that's why.

I size my bullets fat in general, so they shoot well in the Marlin.

kendog4570
09-09-2010, 7:03 PM
Something to consider.
The 94 is a rifle cartrige length action. 357's and 44's in this action are kind of clunky when compared to a Winchester (or clone) 92 action. The lever throw is much longer than it needs to be. The Marlin is a pistol-round sized action and handles them more smoothly. The comparable Marlin to the 94 is the 336. As far as I know it has never been offered in pistol calibers.

When you fire a full power 240 grain 44 bullet in a 94 carbine, or 92 for that matter, you will know it!

All things considered and given your parameters, I would look for a post 64 top eject. Might not find it in 44 and have to settle for an angle eject. If you are set on the Winchester look and want a 44, you might consider an 1892 Cimarron, or Uberti. There are a bunch of other makers too. These are really fun and handy carbines.

joe_sun
09-09-2010, 8:38 PM
Not sure I could help a whole lot with most of your questions but one thing I would look for is one with the tang safety instead of the IMO ugly cross bolt.

http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn109/calgunpics/w94.jpg

I picked this 44mag trapper at Big5 in 2006. I honestly don't shoot it often at all but when I do I grin a lot. The kick is much harder than you would think it would be. It's my only lever gun and one of my few non military style rifles but I love it.

big jon
09-09-2010, 8:52 PM
i would rather have the 92 in 44 vs the 94 in 44. the action in much better for smaller rounds.

jon56
09-26-2010, 1:37 PM
Newbie post.

Per Aesir's post I am thinking about .357 lever action vs. the .44 he discussed.

I'm a lefty. Which of the lever actions should I consider that are top eject? Or do any of you out there shoot left handed and find the side eject is not really a problem.

Thanks