I got one a few weeks ago. Never had a lever before. It is a sweet shooter but kind of hard to load. Is this typical with Marlins?
Paul what caliber Marlin 1894 did you get? Not familiar with cst. Have several and if your talking about loading the magazine through the loading gate yes that can be a little difficult. Tell us more, I have Marlin 94's in 218 bee, 25-20, 32-20, 357 mag, 41 mag and 45 colt. Would love the 32H&R Mag but too steep for me.
Hi Rick, it is a SS version carbine with synthetic stock, threaded barrel, large loop, and, my favorite part, ghost ring sight which I can easily see, plus the target, at the same time in 357 mag. It is super smooth and very accurate. Just difficult to load which I think will get easier with more rounds. Was wanting a Henry but this came up and I liked it. The Henry sight location was hard for these old eyes to focus on. Google 1894 CST and it will come up.
Was out again today, still hard to load with semi jacketed rounds. I have some XTP's loaded but did not bring them today. It's my first lever gun and very accurate and fun to shoot.
"Hard to load", meaning the loading gate or the lever/action? If it's the latter you might want to call marlin.
That's definitely a great little lever gun and I hope they continue coming up with these unique configurations. At some point I'm sure they'll create one that I'll want.
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Loading gate. Chambering/action is super smooth.
Moe, try leaving the rim barely out of the magazine tube with the loading gate depressed when loading the magazine tube. The gate will catch and hold the round until you push it in with the next round, again leaving the second round slightly out of the tube for the gate to hold in place. Repeat until the tube is full and you only have to fuss with the last round loaded to make sure it goes entirely into the tube. Let me know if this is not clear.
Steve thanks, I will try that next time out. Sounds like a simple fix!
Heres something else that you can do, https://www.rangerpointstore.c...ht-fast-easy-smooth/
Looks like others have had the same issue.
Moe, if you have not already, do an inspection tour at MarlinOwners.com . You will enjoy it. rp
saw this on another site. Never tried one and probably never will but it is an option. Who know if you try it and like it that may change.
Marlin Loading Gate Fix
Thanks Rick, SnowSnake above linked me to that also. Looks like many have tried this with good luck. I think I will find a Marlin forum and see what they say.
Duh, missed that. Did you watch the video? I really liked the part about being able to unload your gun through the loading gate instead of running all the live rounds through the action.
I did! Doing a little searching online about this issue. Others have problems loading also. A few knowledgeable folks have some interesting improvements.
Hey Guys I just recently acquired a old 1979 mfg Marlin 1894 in the 44 Magnum and have experienced the issue of the loading gate being so stiff that it just plain digs the hide off of my thumb making it unpleasant to load. I did try and do the single loading process at the range which took some time and talent until I ran the action just slightly forward to bring up the loading lever similar to how it would react when coming from the magazine. Yes it was slow but it did work and I didn't end up hurting my thumb or even my index finger trying to shove the round into the magazine to clear the loading gate. However this did work I eventually had it at home practicing the loading into the magazine and "Finally" came up with a working solution -- I found that if you use the next round to be inserted into the magazine leaving the previous round slightly out with the loading gate holding it in place -- I took the tip of the next round and aimed it more-so at a steep angle pushing against the previous round it went it much smoother and quite easier without tearing up my thumb to force the rounds into the magazine.
My 2 pennies on this and no more torn up thumb -- It worked for me...
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