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Old 08-09-2018, 6:55 PM
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Default Is $550 too much for 98% condition Marlin 1894 20” 44 mag JM lever gun?

As title states, i found one at a gun shop near me used for $550 before tax and dros. My question, is it worth the money? Does the JM make any difference in value?
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Old 08-09-2018, 7:08 PM
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Well let’s just look at it this way:
We know the JM Marlins were of reputable quality.
We know the transition Rem-Lin's were spotty at best.
The newest Marlins appear to have addressed most of the Rem-Lin issues - but they are generally around $699.
A clean example, for that price, seems reasonable to me (but nothing wrong with a bit of a haggle!)

I thought I overpaid for my 1894 at $299, but it is hands down one of my favorite rifles.
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Old 08-09-2018, 7:17 PM
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Have you had any issues with it? Ive read of some in .357 coming out of marins factory with issues with certain ammo well for ones made during the transition.
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Old 08-09-2018, 7:26 PM
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I'll take it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 7:30 PM
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Unfortunatly i put a deposit on it already and i do kind of want it but getting opinions on it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 9:23 PM
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I think that is a good deal. Like Plumbum said, we know the JM Marlins were good quality. Hopefully the Marlin quality will return, but as things are today, I’d rather have a nearly new JM Marlin than a new Remington Marlin.

There will probably be a collector interest in the CT built Marlins, like there is with pre 1964 Winchesters or pre lock S&W revolvers.
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Unfortunatly i put a deposit on it already and i do kind of want it but getting opinions on it.
Nothing unfortunately about it, mine was purchased like 20 years ago - it will be a great piece for you. I’ve run a bunch of the Remington 180 grainers downrange - you can feel the ‘thump’ when they impact the target (oh so satisfying).
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That is a good price.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:39 PM
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Yeah that is a decent price OP......I posted in another thread that you could get JM Marlins in pistol calibers for these kinds of prices on a regular basis, and was told I was wrong. Guess I am not wrong.

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Yes. Buy it!
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Old 08-10-2018, 5:30 AM
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Bainter, one time is not a regular basis, and if I recall correctly, 550 is well over the price you mentioned.

Good score OP, it’ll be fun!
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Bainter, one time is not a regular basis, and if I recall correctly, 550 is well over the price you mentioned.

Good score OP, it’ll be fun!
No. It is a regular thing, if you pay attention to the CG marketplace. I probably pay more attention than most. And I paid $550 for my Guide Gun. This .44 is on par with that one as far as desirability goes.
All I did is point out (in that other thread) that $700 was not a steal. That's it. A "steal" is a price way below market value....not fair market value.
Not saying they aren't valuable. Please don't strawman me.

Get Tapatalk if you don't believe me. At the end of the day, I can scroll the entirety of Calguns (including the marketplace) in under an hour. I can see every lever gun that goes up for sale. There are a lot of people posting things who just want them gone.

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I don't think you can lump all the pistol calibers together.
Just like you can't lump all shotguns together. For a quality shotgun, the 28 gauge & 410 will usually cost more than a 12 or 20 of the same model.

The JM .357s go for a premium, the .44s go for less.
We all watch the lever guns here on CG and we are all (for the most part) cheap/looking for a deal.

Like I said before, Pm me the next time you see a JM .357 in very good or better condition for $700.

EDIT: Or if you can find a JM .357 in very good or better condition for $500 for me that would be even better.

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Old 08-10-2018, 6:59 AM
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Based n the listing prices on the forum, $550 is a good price. They are generally listed for a few hundred more. I'd buy it at that price.
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You are getting ripped off. Cancel the sale, and let me know where it is so I can go reprimand the shop owner.
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Old 08-10-2018, 9:28 AM
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I would also love to find one in 45 colt. The same shop that has the 44, also has a winchester model 94, its the brass reciever octagonal barrel
Commemorative model with 20” barrel in 38-55. However everytime i engaged the lever, the hammer would not stay kicked back in the loaded position, i would have to manually pull the
Hammer after engaging the lever action, to get it to fire (dry fire)

Ive never heard of a lever gun that requires you to
Manually operate the hammer after each lever engagement.
They want $750 for it. Its a beautiful looking rifle but i feel like that is a defect or something is wrong with it.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:26 AM
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:31 AM
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Anyone have ine of these marlins in 44 mag particularly? Anyone experiance any issues with em in any way or if they are picky with ammo? And experiance putting 44 special through it? Has anyone seen one of these in 45 colt?

I would like to also get a single action revolver in 44 mag and or 45 colt as well to go along with it since they share the same ammo.

A 45-70 is also on the eventual list of rifles to get as well.
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Old 08-10-2018, 10:45 AM
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I've got a 45 colt that I'm completely in lust with. One of my current favorites that comes out to play as often as possible.
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Old 08-10-2018, 7:01 PM
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Default JM in 44mag

Great gun using full load 44mag can have a bite after shooting a while. No problems however.

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Old 08-10-2018, 7:38 PM
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I'd buy em all day long for 550!!
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Old 08-12-2018, 1:09 PM
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GOOD NEWS, for anyone living in san diego or dont making a drive, i decided against the marlin due to financial reasons at this time, it is still avaulable at $550 over at Gunther guns in Carlsbad, Ca. And because its an ffl, you dont have to put everything down at once. Tell them Adam sent you. Its a 20” marlin 1894 JM stamped in 44 mag for anyone new to this thread.
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Old 08-12-2018, 2:16 PM
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All of that matters is if you think it's a fair price.
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Old 08-12-2018, 3:50 PM
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Well there are a few on here who showed interest in it, i had a deposit on it but now its available for whoever wants it.
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Old 08-12-2018, 4:57 PM
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It's a terrible price! Don't buy it! Where's it at?
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Gunther guns in carlsbad north county san diego
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