Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 JM .44 Magnum Lever Action Rifle 1976

SOLD FOR: $805

WOA#: WY240217DC004

Make: Marlin

Model: 1894CL Classic

Serial Number: 24183416

Year of Manufacture: 1976

Caliber: .44 Rem Magnum

Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine

Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO., NORTH HAVEN, CT., U.S.A. / MOD. 1894 – MICRO-GROOVE BARREL CAL.44 REM. MAG” and at the rear with a “JM” proof. The upper tang is marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length: 20.25”

Sights / Optics:  The front sight is a brass beaded hooded blade dovetailed at the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a semi-buckhorn elevator sight with a U-notch that is dovetailed to the barrel. The top of the receiver is drilled, tapped, and filled in four places for mounting a scope.

Stock Configuration & Condition:  The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a straight grip, straight comb, checkered black hard rubber Marlin buttplate, nose cap, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly that has been removed.  There are some scattered scratches and scuffs throughout with some more notable shallow scrapes on the buttstock toward the buttplate. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13.5” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows some faint marks but the checkering is sharp. The left side of the plate has a small loss. Overall, the stocks rate in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling sharp. There is some very faint erosion but for the most part the bore is exceptionally clean.  In this writer’s opinion the bore rates 8.5/10.

Overall Condition:  This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from disfigured to sharp but all retain serviceable slots. There are a few small scratches on the barrel exterior and on the receiver.  The markings are clear.  Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly.  The hammer has a half cock safety position. 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: None.

Our Assessment:The Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum is a classic lever-action rifle that combines the time-honored styling of the old West with modern engineering and manufacturing. Designed to handle the powerful .44 Remington Magnum cartridge, this rifle offers versatility for hunters and sport shooters alike, capable of taking down medium-sized game while also being an excellent choice for target shooting and cowboy action competitions.

One of the distinguishing features of the Marlin 1894 is its solid top receiver, which is drilled and tapped for scope mounts, allowing shooters to easily equip the rifle with optics for enhanced accuracy at longer ranges. This feature, along with its traditional iron sights, makes the 1894 adaptable to a variety of shooting conditions and preferences. The rifle’s lever-action mechanism is renowned for its smoothness and reliability, enabling quick follow-up shots and a seamless shooting experience.

The Marlin 1894’s design incorporates a deeply blued steel finish and a straight-grip, American walnut stock, giving it a classic appearance that appeals to traditionalists and modern shooters alike. Its barrel length, typically around 20 inches, strikes a balance between maneuverability and ballistic performance, making the rifle comfortable to carry in the field and effective in achieving accurate shots.

With a tubular magazine capacity of up to 10 rounds, the Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum offers significant firepower for a lever-action rifle, making it a formidable tool for hunting and recreational shooting. The rifle’s build quality and attention to detail reflect Marlin’s commitment to craftsmanship, ensuring that it not only performs exceptionally well but also stands as a durable and reliable firearm for generations.

Overall, the Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum stands out as a versatile and powerful lever-action rifle, offering shooters a blend of classic styling, modern functionality, and the compelling ballistics of the .44 Magnum cartridge. Whether for hunting, sport shooting, or simply as a cherished addition to a firearm collection, the Marlin 1894 continues to be a popular choice among those who appreciate the legacy and performance of American lever-action rifles.  Please see our photos and good luck on your bid! – L.S.

Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 JM .44 Magnum Lever Action Rifle 1976
Marlin Firearms Co. Model 1894 JM .44 Magnum Lever Action Rifle 1976