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Old March 8, 2009, 09:11 PM   #1
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marlin 1894 c 38/357

i have had nothing but trouble with feeding issues using factory and handloaded ammo meeting the OAL parameters from day one with this rifle.

i wish i had purchased a uberti or even a henry instead.

i'm hoping marlin will make this right.

seems like marlin's Q.C. is slipping.

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Old March 8, 2009, 11:56 PM   #2
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Is that with .38's or .357's? A lot of rifles in magnum calibers don't like to feed the short cartridges it's not just Marlin.
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Old March 10, 2009, 01:13 PM   #3
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My Marlin 1894c doesn't like to load .357 mags smoothly, though it will load them, but it loves .38 specials loaded to max SAAMI spec OAL. Go figure.
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Old March 10, 2009, 01:38 PM   #4
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seems like marlin's Q.C. is slipping.
Yes, one problem with one rifle is always an indication that a manufacturer is going down the tubes.
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Old March 11, 2009, 07:05 PM   #5
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I have the same gun and don't have any problems. I have heard that semi-wadcutters will hang up in lever actions. I use jacketed hollow point reloads and factory ammo in mine.
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Old March 12, 2009, 03:21 AM   #6
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Mine gave me trouble with 180gr jacketed but with 158 gr bullets it works fine.
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Old March 15, 2009, 01:39 PM   #7
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i used a factory round that seemed to feed quite well as a guide for OAL .....i think 1.574" and so far the feed problem has been alleiviated. the factory magtech RN .38spl hung up on the chamber lip if racked too slow & and the .357 seemed to bind as they entered the chamber what appeared to be sideways and off bore axis. everything is better now.

i also think i was racking the action too slowly.

still not as smooth as my 1956 marlin 30-30!

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