Marlin Model 1894CB Cowboy Limited 20″ .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle, MFD 2006

SOLD FOR: $1,237.00

LSB#: 190910AR63

Make: Marlin

Model: 1894 Cowboy Limited Rifle

Serial Number: 94207191

Year of Manufacture: 2006

Caliber: .38 Special or .357 Magnum

Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine

Markings: The upper left shoulder of the barrel is marked “1894 COWBOY LIMITED”, “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MOD. 1894CB – CAL. 357 MAG. OR 38 SPL.”. The left rear sight of the barrel is marked with a “JM” proof mark. Marlin’s two-line warning is marked on the upper right shoulder of the barrel. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number.

Barrel Length: The octagon barrel is 20” in length.

Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a semi-buckhorn “U” notched rear elevator sight. The sight insert has a white diamond aiming point below the notch, and is reversible, with a “V” notch on the other end. The front sight is a tall brass bead dovetailed into the top of the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a satin finish. The buttstock has a straight grip with a checkered black plastic buttplate marked “Marlin”. There is a “Marlin Bullseye” is installed in the belly of the buttstock and the forend has a blued steel nosecap. There is light oil staining at the front of the upper tang and at the back edge of the forend. There are only a few very light handling marks showing. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows light wear at the heel and moderate wear in the checkering at the toe. The buttplate is in about Fine Plus condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: The rifle is blued.

Finish Originality: All Original

Bore Condition: The bore is bright, and the Ballard rifling is sharp but shallow. There is no erosion in the bore.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There are a few tiny spots of pinprick surface erosion in the top of the barrel in front of the rear sight and in the left side of the barrel below the rear sight. There is light scuff mark at the left rear of the barrel and several very light handling marks in the lever. The hammer serrations are sharp. The screw heads are sharp, but one of the fill screws in the top of the receiver is distressed. The markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever is very smooth and closes solidly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position, a cross-bolt safety that blocks the hammer and a lever safety.  We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories:  None  

Our Assessment: This is a Marlin Model 1894 Cowboy Limited Rifle made in 2006 and chambered in .357 Magnum. It is blued and has a 20” octagon barrel. The rifle is in about Fine Plus condition with about 98% of its original finish remaining. The action is tight and the bore is bright with sharp rifling. This will make a great rifle for Cowboy Action Shooting, for which it was specifically designed. It is good choice for a new shooter as the Marlin’s aren’t as expensive as the 1873 clones and with their smooth actions, they are race ready out of the box.

Marlin Model 1894CB Cowboy Limited 20" .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle, MFD 2006
Marlin Model 1894CB Cowboy Limited 20″ .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle, MFD 2006