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MISFIRE
11-15-2013, 6:55 PM
I would like to find a Marlin 1894c 38/357 but they are scarce as hens teeth. I would like to have the option of mounting a scope or red dot, as my eyes are not getting any better and I don't think it is possible on any but a Marlin.
I would appreciate any advice or opinions.
Bill

Tom-ADC
11-15-2013, 7:07 PM
I'm 72 so old eyes I have Williams peep sights on all my lever guns.

tmh1
11-15-2013, 7:11 PM
Rossi R92 in 38/357 is available in a configuration which allows scope/red dot installation:
http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=173&category=8&toggle=&breadcrumbseries=
Make sure you get the longer barrelled model- The shorter 16" bbl guns don't have the same mount rail or the place to mount the rail.

Generally good and effective guns which smooth out nicely with use- But also kind of tough to find in the pistol calibers. Grab one fast if you find one.

sd_shooter
11-15-2013, 8:22 PM
For all your gun needs go here:
http://www.gunbroker.com/

Many Marin 1894c models there. $$$

I was bidding on one, but fortunately ended up finding one right here on calguns. Post a WTB ad and bump it every day. Search the WTS section a few times a day, you need to ready with cash in hand when you find it.

Hairball
11-15-2013, 8:23 PM
I just brought one home today that was made in 1994 with no signs of having ever been fired. They are out there but they are double, if not triple, the cost of the .44/30-30/45-70. If you really want one and feel like spending at least 1k for it, you can find a few on gunbroker. Good luck in your search and pay close attention to the used racks at the local gun shops. Last month I found a 30-30 at one of the local shops that had been sitting in a closet for 40 some years and looks brand new. Manufactured in 1966 and I payed 399 for it.

Hairball
11-15-2013, 8:39 PM
If you are buying a used Marlin, try and stay with 2007 or earlier to increase your chances of a better built rifle. I did buy a new Remlin this year and the rifle build is much better from those of a few years ago but stuff from 2008-2011/12 may not be up to par and if you get one in this date range off the net you may be taking a gamble as some sales are " no return" sales. Always ask for the first two digits of the serial number if one is not listed and look it up to see when it was made.

golfish
11-16-2013, 10:42 AM
Have you taken a look at the Henry Big Boy's?

baih777
11-16-2013, 11:40 AM
Big 5 has Rossi
Turners has Marlin and Henry

Sosoomi
11-16-2013, 11:42 AM
Rossi R92 in 38/357 is available in a configuration which allows scope/red dot installation:
http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=173&category=8&toggle=&breadcrumbseries=
Make sure you get the longer barrelled model- The shorter 16" bbl guns don't have the same mount rail or the place to mount the rail.

Generally good and effective guns which smooth out nicely with use- But also kind of tough to find in the pistol calibers. Grab one fast if you find one.

I have two Rossi's ... A .357 and .44, both in 16" barrels...

Both are drilled and tapped for a scope base..... You can't see this because it is hidden under the Buckhorn sight.

Alternatively you could mount a Fastfire on a dovetail mount.

Personally I just mounted a Skinner peep sight on my .44.... Sight picture looks good but I haven't had it at the range yet...

MISFIRE
11-16-2013, 5:27 PM
Thanks very much for the great advice.
Bill

choprzrul
11-16-2013, 6:41 PM
http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/143.gif

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http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/163.gif

on my Rossi .357.

I also bought and followed this video (http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=2)on how to slick up the Rossi M92 and now it runs smooth as butter. Both of those sights are available on the same website as the video.

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ScottB
11-16-2013, 7:27 PM
I'm 72 so old eyes I have Williams peep sights on all my lever guns.

That's what I use. So simple and so effective

golfish
11-17-2013, 2:18 PM
http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/143.gif

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http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/163.gif

on my Rossi .357.

I also bought and followed this video (http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=2)on how to slick up the Rossi M92 and now it runs smooth as butter. Both of those sights are available on the same website as the video.

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That's the same setup I have on my 24" Rossi..

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/132532/marbles-bullseye-rear-sight-2-3-4-with-double-step-elevator-338-to-535-height-blue

http://www.midwayusa.com/product/655240/marbles-front-sight-450-height-531-width-steel-blue-3-32-fiber-optic-green

smittty
11-17-2013, 2:41 PM
http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/143.gif

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http://store.stevesgunz.com/images/sights/163.gif

on my Rossi .357.

I also bought and followed this video (http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=2)on how to slick up the Rossi M92 and now it runs smooth as butter. Both of those sights are available on the same website as the video.

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Me too, I love this set-up but mine is red.

donw
11-17-2013, 5:37 PM
big 5 sporting goods is where i got my marlin 38/357 1894

Epaphroditus
11-18-2013, 2:41 PM
Buy direct from the Rossi webpage ... I just got two. Said 5 in stock.

I got one of the 357/38 with Weaver base included.

x2 in the stevegunz video - just watch the whole thing first before grabbing tools. As for the parts mods I prefer using hand files to grinding wheels. Note the Rossi I got did not have the very thick extractor so no mod needed for that. If you are going to polish up the bolt be very careful is using a dremel tool - polish (fiber wheel) or light use of a wire wheel if you must. A few minutes with a light touch and a stone is plenty.

RAMCHARGER
11-18-2013, 2:58 PM
Rossi R92 in 38/357 is available in a configuration which allows scope/red dot installation:
http://www.rossiusa.com/product-details.cfm?id=173&category=8&toggle=&breadcrumbseries=
Make sure you get the longer barrelled model- The shorter 16" bbl guns don't have the same mount rail or the place to mount the rail.

Generally good and effective guns which smooth out nicely with use- But also kind of tough to find in the pistol calibers. Grab one fast if you find one.

MY 16" Rossi has the holes under the rear sight too...

pumpkinshooter
12-05-2013, 7:05 PM
No problems mounting a scope to a newer winchester 94.

dfletcher
12-06-2013, 5:19 PM
The Marbles Ghost Ring when used with a globe front is a great combination. Very accurate, I use it as a back up to a fully adjustable peep rear and a scoped rifle.

JLM Ranger
12-06-2013, 6:32 PM
I have been in the market for a lever action .357/.38 but never shot one. Today while shooting at Angeles Shooting Range I got to talking with two guys. One owed a Henry Big Boy and other the Rossi in the caliber I'm looking at. I got to shoot both at the steel targets. The Rossi shot very nice and was fun, but the Henry was excellent. Was really leaning toward the Rossi until I shot the Henry. I liked the weight and the mechanics were flawless, but it's close to twice the $$. That being said I am leaning toward the Henry due to it's mechanics and the feel in my hands. Just loved it.

SBsasquatch
12-06-2013, 8:36 PM
Just jailed a 336. pick it up 10 days and counting. Nervous about the quality. Hoping I get a good one. my future deer gun.

Once I get it. I'm gonna see what I can do with open sights. Then go from there. I REALLY wanna keep it stock. Wish me luck

Rob7.62
12-06-2013, 8:53 PM
I just picked up a new Marlin 336BL and I can say the quality is there fit and finish are great and sights are spot on. I wouldn't worry the few I looked at were very nice. I may actually go back and pick up a 45/70

Exodus343
12-06-2013, 10:29 PM
Held a new Marlin 336 at Turners today
and it was really rough, did not like the action

I held a Rossi the other day and did a PPT, it was smooth as butter :D