Marlin 1894 CSS Classic Series Stainless .357 Mag 18.5″ Lever Action Rifle

SOLD FOR: $1,625

WOA#: WY240326JS003

Make: Marlin Firearms Co.

Model: 1894CSS, Classic Series Stainless

Serial Number: 91205634

Year of Manufacture: 2010 or after.

Caliber: .357 Mag.

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine

Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning. The left side of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / ***MODEL 1894CSS  CAL. .357 MAG.***” and is also marked with the “JM” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length: 18.5”, Round

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramp screw set to the barrel. The rear sight is a “U” notched semi-buckhorn elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel. The tang sight is flip up a “Marbles” Style tang sight with elevation adjustment.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock and forend are Checkered American walnut. The stock is a straight hand, straight comb with rubber buttpad stock.  There are two sling studs present. The LOP measures approximately 13.5″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad. There are scattered light compressions and a few draglines and scratches on the stock and very minimal marks on the left side of the forend. There is a notable chip in the wrist where the marbles sight hits when it is folded. There are no cracks in the wood. The buttpad has almost no signs of wear and is still pliable. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Stainless

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 9/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The barrel and tube have a few light little scuffs and draglines. There is some loading wear on the loading gate. The lever has surface scratches on both sides from being run. The action also has some small marks from use.  The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The rifle has been customized by SPUR for Cowboy action shooting. The safety has been deleted and filled with a flush plug. The lever is light, smooth, and fast. The trigger has also been significantly lightened. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with its factory box, trigger housing lock and keys, and a leather lever cover.

Our Assessment: The Marlin 1894 CSS (Classic Series Stainless) in .357 Magnum, tailored for cowboy action shooting, embodies the essence of precision and tradition in the competitive shooting world. Renowned for its rugged stainless steel construction and timeless lever-action design, the Marlin 1894 CSS stands as a beacon of reliability and durability. Its 18.5-inch round barrel strikes a balance between maneuverability and ballistic performance, offering shooters swift target acquisition and exceptional accuracy crucial for success in fast-paced shooting competitions. Chambered in .357 Magnum, this rifle presents a versatile and potent cartridge choice for cowboy action shooting. The .357 Magnum’s manageable recoil and flat trajectory make it a popular selection among competitors, delivering both precision and power at typical shooting distances encountered in cowboy action events. Customized specifically for cowboy action shooting, this Marlin 1894 CSS has had precision action work to ensure smooth cycling, trigger refinement for consistent and crisp pulls, the safety deleted, and a tang sight upgrade for quick and precise target acquisition. In essence, the Marlin 1894 CSS Stainless in .357 Magnum, customized for cowboy action shooting, represents a fusion of tradition, precision, and personalization. Its rugged reliability, exceptional accuracy, and tailored enhancements make it a formidable contender for cowboy action shooting, embodying the spirit of competition and camaraderie cherished by enthusiasts of the sport. Please see our photos and best of luck with your bidding!!!-R.L.

Marlin 1894 CSS Classic Series Stainless .357 Mag 18.5" Lever Action Rifle
Marlin 1894 CSS Classic Series Stainless .357 Mag 18.5″ Lever Action Rifle