Cartridges of the Marlin Model 1894
(Original chambering’s up to the newly custom modified)
by Scott Crawford - May 15, 2020
The Marlin model 1894 has been factory supplied in 11 chambering’s (13 with dual calibers 38 special/357 Mag and the 44 special/44 Mag) and as of this writing at least two custom houses offer between the two of them five more calibers.
45 Colt x 250-grain Hard Cast in Starline Brass
Marlin 1894P Business End
The Marlin 1894 was originally patented on August 1, 1893 by L.L. Hepburn. With this design, Marlin simplified and strengthened the internal lever-action mechanism while continuing the practice of using a flat solid steel top receiver with side ejection. With the Model 1894, Marlin removed the rear-locking lug, which extended down into the trigger guard and had a tendency to pinch the shooter’s fingers during rapid-fire cycling. Other design improvements over the Model 1889 included a one-piece trigger and a two-piece firing pin to prevent the rifle from firing unless the finger lever was fully closed or if the locking lug were missing. Additionally, the finger lever lock of the Model 1889 was eliminated on the Model 1894 and replaced by a latch built into the lever itself.
Today Marlin is currently offering ten variants of the model 1894 with offerings in 38 Special/357 Magnum, 44 Special/44 Magnum & 45 Colt. Go check out their website in the links below. Their 1894's are as beautiful & functional as they have ever been!
Today the most popular Marlin cartridges are the 38 special/357 mag, the 44 special/44 mag & the 45 Colt. Between these 5 cartridges all are still available for purchase as factory ammo and brass houses such as Starline Brass offer each of these and many of the earlier cartridge cases for hand loading. I personally load the 44 magnum & 45 Colt for my 1894’s. Cast bullet suppliers also offer many choices for all of these cartridges.
Marlin 1894 & 45 Colt Starline Brass Hand Loads
As I was writing this article today I was texting back and forth with William S. Brophy IV. He had seen a reposting of a picture I took of a Marlin 1895G along with Mr. Brophy’s book on the Marlin Firearms Instagram feed the day before. I was honored to have a moment in time conversing with a family member. The amount of information and the research that must have gone into this book was incredible!
LT. COL. William S. Brophy's book about Marlin Firearms
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