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#6993987 - 10/22/12 05:35 PM Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel
cs2blue Offline

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A friend asked to mount a scope a lever gun he bought from elderly neighbor. She won the gun years ago in a raffel and never ever opened the box! He gave her $100.00 bucks for it. It is ported trapper model with a 16 inch barrel. It has some really nice wood on it! I did nto know they made the trappers with a ported barrel. It has a straight grip on it. He plans to use it deer hunting. It is a neat little gun! Light and packable with good horsepower out to 150 yards!I wish it was mine!!!

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#6994237 - 10/22/12 06:50 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: cs2blue]
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It sounds like he got a relatively rare Model 1894P (made in 2000-2001, IIRC) in .44 Mag, worth at least $650 (what I recently sold mine for online) from her.

It ain't no fun, when the rabbit's got the gun

#6994775 - 10/22/12 09:46 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: Rangr44]
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These are really cool little guns. I have the 1894 Limited 44 Mag with the 16.5" barrel and no ports. I don't think a handier woods rifle for deer/hogs/bear etc has ever been made.
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#6999802 - 10/24/12 02:09 AM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: TnBigBore]
brayh92 Offline

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Loc: north carolina
I'd love to have one those are sweet guns been lookin to trade a Winchester 94 I have for one for awhile
You dont hurt them if you dont hit them

#7002061 - 10/24/12 07:40 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: brayh92]
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Loc: Oklahoma City
I have a very similar Winchester 94 Packer, but without the ports. Sweet carbine for sure.
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Some of it's tragic,
But I had a good life all the way."
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#7013651 - 10/28/12 10:56 AM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: Son_of_the_Gael]
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Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 546
I had one. I loved carrying it, hated shooting it. It was LOUD!. Shot good with 200gr Noslers over H110. Several DRT deer. Sold it for a pre-safety regular barrel length .44.

#7045650 - 11/06/12 01:31 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: Chumleyhunts]
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I took the trapper to the range after getting the scope mounted. My friend asked if i would sight the gun in for him. I was happy to do so and I wanted to shoot this neat little rifle!. I used Winchester white box 44mag 240gr Soft pt. The ammo Chono'ed at 1741FPS out of the 16 inch barrel.I was impressed with the speed. The gun was louad off the bench but recoil was fine. At 100yards the 3 shot group was two shots in same hole and the third about 1 1/2 inches apart. Again I was impressed! At 150yds the group opend up to about 5 inches with a called flier by me.Other wise the group would have been about 3 1/2 inches! I made a bad wind call on that pulled shot. This gun was pretty cool to shot and I still want to keep it. I would ditch the scope incsatll a peep sight and work the trigger a bit. Other than that I would just shoot it and take it hunting. MB

#7046343 - 11/06/12 04:57 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: cs2blue]
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When I had my Marlin 24" Cowboy Special in .44 mag I was getting 2,000+FPS using their factory ammo. It was a 240 grain truncated bullet. Those .44 mag can really haul azz out of a rifle.

I used both a peep sight and a scope, of the two, the peep sight was the better sight.
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#7046677 - 11/06/12 06:31 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: derby_dude]
Sherwood Offline
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Registered: 08/24/10
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For many years, I hunted northern California blacktails with my 44 MAG carbine and plain Weaver 4X scope. It would group 2.5 inch groups at 100 yards shooting Hornady 200 gr hollowtip bullets. These bullets hit like little grenades and rip wide wound channels through the chest organs!

But my older Marlin did not shoot 240 grain bullets very accurately. This mystery was never solved. Perhaps related to the slo-o-o-ow twist and micro-groove rifling.


FIRE UP THE GRILL - Hunting is NOT catch and release!

#7056287 - 11/08/12 09:46 PM Re: Marlin 1894, 44 mag trapper, 16 inch ported barrel [Re: Sherwood]
FyrepowrX Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 2077
Loc: Oklahoma
have one of the 1894P's myself, would have preferred it have no ports, but it is very handy. as i recall, they made a few of the ported .357s too.

mine wore a 2x sightron at first, then swapped that to a 1-4x Leupold, finally switched that a couple years ago to a williams ghost ring rear peep & hi-viz front.

marlin sent out a few of those with some wood that was "tolerable". wink

mine shoots better with lighter slugs; i kinda seem to recall reading something about the twist in those, but never checked mine to see what it was.


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