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I got my Marlin 1894SBL in 44 mag finished!
So.... here is what I did.
I trimmed down the Ashley scout rail so I had just enough space for my Vortex Razor Red dot
I tore down the entire rifle and de-burred, honed, and polished every working surface in the gun, and got a 3.5 pound trigger pull and a smooth as silk action
I installed a Wolff extra power mag spring with a custom stainless steel follower that I turned on my lathe, and I thought that a Wild West Guns lever screw would be pretty cool too.
I did a cobra knot lever wrap with a matching sling, and made a custom leather stock saddle to hold 6 rounds of ammo.
And FINALY, I free floated the barrel.... so how do you free float a barrel on a tube magazine lever action you may ask.
Actually it’s not a “true free float” but you do try to minimize the mag tubes influence on the barrel, and it’s rather a simple job on a Marlin with a “rifle” type forearm. On the forward mag tube mounting point, place a neoprene o-ring on the stem for the mag tube end cap, and re assemble as normal. Pay attention to the gap between the mag tube and barrel, with loc-tite on the mag cap screw, slowly tighten until the gap between the barrel and mag tube is even.
 

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I got my Marlin 1894SBL in 44 mag finished!
So.... here is what I did.
I trimmed down the Ashley scout rail so I had just enough space for my Vortex Razor Red dot
I tore down the entire rifle and de-burred, honed, and polished every working surface in the gun, and got a 3.5 pound trigger pull and a smooth as silk action
I installed a Wolff extra power mag spring with a custom stainless steel follower that I turned on my lathe, and I thought that a Wild West Guns lever screw would be pretty cool too.
I did a cobra knot lever wrap with a matching sling, and made a custom leather stock saddle to hold 6 rounds of ammo.
And FINALY, I free floated the barrel.... so how do you free float a barrel on a tube magazine lever action you may ask.
Actually it’s not a “true free float” but you do try to minimize the mag tubes influence on the barrel, and it’s rather a simple job on a Marlin with a “rifle” type forearm. On the forward mag tube mounting point, place a neoprene o-ring on the stem for the mag tube end cap, and re assemble as normal. Pay attention to the gap between the mag tube and barrel, with loc-tite on the mag cap screw, slowly tighten until the gap between the barrel and mag tube is even.
GTM,
Awesome looking rifle, well done! Like the laminated wood stock and foregrip! The sling and lever wrap looks outstanding, great color choices! Like the idea and tip on semi free floating the barrel from the tube magazine. Very impressive!
 
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