View Full Version : Need help learning more about my Marlin 1894 rifle

September 22, 2008, 09:46 PM
I recently acquired this Marlin Model 94 rifle from my 87 year old neighbor. This was his father's rifle.

Does anyone know what caliber it is? When it was manufactured?








September 26, 2008, 12:42 PM
I am not sure, but most common were 44-40, although I have also seen 32-20 and 38-40. In order to be sure, you would need to cast the chamber. The barrel should be marked. It may be marked right under where the rear base is attached.

As for date, that is one of the old receivers. I believe they changed the receiver design in the 1950s.

September 26, 2008, 01:21 PM
I'd call Marlin. With the serial number they could identify it.

September 26, 2008, 08:20 PM
confirming there are no numbers on the side of the barrel,between the rear sight and the receiver.?

T. O'Heir
September 27, 2008, 01:12 AM
Slug the barrel for the calibre and have a chamber cast made for the cartridge. In that condition, don't even think about shooting it. Mind you, those scope bases ruined any collector value. The chambering should be stamped on the barrel.

September 27, 2008, 01:52 AM
I'm really curious as to what you mean as to 'that condition'. The case hardening is usually the first to go and it looks great as does the rest of the rifle for it's age.

Looks like a shooter to me. Probably slicker than snot on a doorknob if I know my old Marlins.

October 13, 2008, 11:56 AM
I believe the caliber for this rifle is .25-20.

I want to sell it...how much should I sell it for?

Ralph Allen
October 13, 2008, 11:09 PM
Pull the back scope base (?). The caliber will be stamped into the top of the barrel under this.