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Old November 2, 2016, 12:37 PM   #1
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Marlin 1894 Extraction Issue


I've got a (hopefully) simple problem. I got new Marlin 1894 recently. I "broke in" the rifle shooting few boxes of 44 Specials, with no problems. Then I switched over to a box of 44 Mags and with the first shot, the case got stuck in the chamber and wouldn't eject. And it was really stuck in there. I ended up having to stick a dowel down the barrel and pound it out.

I figured maybe the chamber was dirty, so I cleaned chamber and barrel well and headed back to the range. Once again, first shot with 44 Mag jammed the brass in there so tight, it had to resort to hammering a dowel again.

When I pull the brass out, they look mostly ok, but have a slight indentation about halfway up the wall of the case and some "skid marks" along the case wall.

Any ideas? Can I fix this, or should I send the gun back?
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Old November 2, 2016, 12:52 PM   #2
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The magnum loads may be a bit hot and causing harder extraction
You may also still have a ring of buildup in the chamber from firing the specials first

A little of both problems can create this situation

.......on the other hand if you have a remlin the chamber might be really rough, out of round, sideways, filled with wasps, or who knows...
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Old November 2, 2016, 01:09 PM   #3
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There could be any of several causes, some easy to fix, but some potentially leading to ruining the gun. I would recommend returning the rifle (best way is through the dealer you bought it from) enclosing a fired case and have them correct the problem under warranty.

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Old November 4, 2016, 06:54 AM   #4
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The 'skid marks' can be checked easily...

Simply load a round half way, and then pull it out...The 'skids' are usually from a sharp edge on the inside of the receiver on the 'loading gate hole'...This is usually cured with a fine stone or emery cloth on the inside edge, and then cold bluing with a 'pen'...

I second the ring of crud...

Serious cleaning of the chamber, and then try a different brand of magnum loads...

Then you can always go from there if Warranty work is needed...
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Old November 11, 2016, 10:20 PM   #5
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its the same as shooting ...

.22 Shorts in a .22 LR chamber and the firing .22 LR.

Clean the chamber with solvent and a pipe cleaner , may have to chuck ina drill and bore brush.
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Old November 12, 2016, 06:42 AM   #6
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...shooting [a] few boxes of 44 Specials....
Agree w/others above about the fouling ring being a [likely] culprit.

Pull the lever/bolt out; stand the receiver on end/muzzle down on a towel;
and scrub (and I do mean scrub back & forth) the chamber/throat with a
45cal bronze brush soaked in solvent.

Finally (after the cleaning) straighten out a paper clip; file one end to a point;
and use it to probe the chamber walls [like you would a case for incipient head
separation] for anything that doesn't feel absolutely smooth.

** This all assumes that the gun is actually not short-chambered...
After the cleaning/before reassembling, see if a fired case (even one
of your previously-stuck ones) can be pushed home in the chamber with
reasonable ease.


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Old November 12, 2016, 08:36 AM   #7
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There are mildly abrasive cleaning pastes on the market for cleaning and smoothing chambers.
Check with the usual mail order places for them.
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