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Old January 31, 2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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Marlin 1894 357 mag

I bought my Marlin must be close to 20 years ago. I had a little trouble working the lever every since I owned the gun. I figured it just needed to break in a bit. Over the years it got worse and worse. I pretty much left in the safe. I finally called Marlin customer service. Sent the gun in for inspection and repair. It took about 6 weeks to get my gun back. Paperwork said the carrier was broken. They replaced the carrier with a "upgraded carrier and upgraded lever". Went to the range yesterday ran about 60 rounds of 38's and 357's through the gun. It worked perfect. Anyway that's my story.
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Old January 31, 2019, 07:37 PM   #2
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I'm glad they fixed it for you.
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Old January 31, 2019, 08:13 PM   #3
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Was it just a little stickiness or locking up?
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Old January 31, 2019, 08:20 PM   #4
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That’s awesome! 20 years later you got the .357 you’d always been looking for.

I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for sharing. I’ll note that when things aren’t going right - have em fixed.
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Old January 31, 2019, 08:29 PM   #5
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TJB101: It would lock up, you could get it into battery if you really forced it. Some guys tried it and couldn't work the action.
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Old January 31, 2019, 08:35 PM   #6
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Just curious, did you pay for the repair and shipping?
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Old February 2, 2019, 09:33 PM   #7
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The repair was free had a gun shop ship it for me, it was $37.50.
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Old February 3, 2019, 03:49 AM   #8
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You must be a very patient person. I could have never waited that long to enjoy the rifle. Plus one for the new Marlin company fixing that old of a rifle. Congratulations on the rifle being fixed, and a very good story.
Enjoy.

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Old February 3, 2019, 04:15 PM   #9
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Thank you sir
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Old February 4, 2019, 02:34 AM   #10
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Marlin

I bought a Marlin .357 (w/o the safety button) just after the models WITH the safety button, hit the market. Likely sometime in the early 80's.

I have shot the snot out of that little carbine with all sorts of ammo, to include a lot of +P+ .38spl 110 JHP's, which did not group so well, but was adequate for groundhogs in high clover to about 50 yds or so. At some point, 5-6 years down the road, I think it was the ejector broke. Marlin sold me new one for peanuts, and threw in a lever retention screw at my request for free, as I had foolishly burred the original one with improper screw drivers.
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