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    Marlin 1894 back from Turnbull

    I bought this Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum around 20 years ago. My dad cut the barrel down to 16" with a hacksaw and then used hand files to recrown the muzzle, cut the dovetail for the front sight, and recut the half moon for the barrel band's screw. He also performed an action job on it.

    I sanded the gloss off the stock and refinished it with Linspeed oil to a satin finish. We installed a saddle ring too.

    My best friend had an 1894 and his dad had a Winchester John Wayne commemorative. My friend is an engineer so he blueprinted the Marlin and Winchester levers and then entered their crossed over dimensions into his CAD/CAM. Out came a Marlin lever with the John Wayne big loop lever. He even had my initials stamped on the bottome of the lever.

    I shot the gun for years and then decided to have Michael Gouse engrave it (www.mtart.com) with American Scroll.
    There had always been a scratch on the barrel. As good as the gun looked, I really like how color case hardened frames looked on original Marlins. So I sent it off to Turnbull Manufacturing. I had them take off the "WARNING: Before shooting gun read instruction manual available...." and the scratch on the barrel as well. They reblued the barrel and magazine tube.

    The leather buttstock cover with the tooled Mountain Lion is from www.levergunleather.com
    Now my Marlin is finished!











    WARNING? What WARNING?





    It matches up really well now with my Ruger Blackhawk .44 Special (also engraved by Gouse and case hardened by Turnbull):





    -Steve
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    Wow Steve..................truly a spectular pair.

    Indeed, you should be proud of them.

    Best Regards,

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    Very nice!
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    Beautiful Steve.
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    Beautiful engraving on both, Steve!
    Having a gun in your hand is much more effective than having the entire police department on the phone.

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    Simply AWESOME, Steve!......Turnbull does first-class work. You have a true masterpiece there.

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    That is absolutely awesome Steve!
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    Did you have to heal a village of Leper's to deserve that rifle? Wow!
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    Conceive it + excellent workmanship = One really , really beautiful gun .

    Regards ,
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    Thanks for the appreciation everyone! No, I didn't have to deal with lepers. All I had to do was pay the bill.

    I sold my first year production Marlin Model 45 Camp Carbine to pay for the work on this gun. My 1986 investment of $175 for the Camp Carbine, along with 25 years of shooting it, resulted in a Gunbroker sale at $1380 so the work on this 1894 was easily covered. I'll miss the Camp 45, but this Marlin lever action was well worth parting with the semi-automatic!
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