Author Topic: Marlin 1894 25-20 varmint rifle 102 years old and still putting them down.  (Read 4875 times)

Offline Bibbyman

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I've had this old 1894 25-20 made in 1902 for over 40 years.  It's a tac driver and sights right on.  Since our dowg died, we've been invaded by groundhowgs.  This old Marlin kept the population down last summer  - accounting for a half a dozen.   This spring brought in new invaders. 


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Great rifle. I'd be proud.  ;)
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Score one more for the old Marlin 25-20!



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Nice looking rifle.

What load are you using?

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Nice looking rifle.

What load are you using?

I'm sure the box of reloads are 30 years old and I didn't record the load.  Jacketed soft point. Likely 60 gr Hornady.

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Good howg evening.  Two up. Two down.


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I have upgraded the game.  I bought a Marlin 17 VS in 17HMR and mounted  a Simmons 22Mag scope on it..  First shot took out a big one.



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 ;D A fine pair of rifles! I almost picked up a set of .25-20 dies the other day at a LGS that were on sale. No rifle, just to have em "just in case..."
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old thread but I'm going to reply anyway

Deacon, I like the way you think.

My Marlin '94 is only a few years newer that bibbyman's.
No pics of the rifle but have one of the ammo:

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Ooooooo!  I just stumbled on this old thread. 

I acquired a sort-of family heirloom old Marlin that is marked for 25-20, but was rechambered for, I believe, .255 Dean at some point in the last 110+ years since it was made.  It also got wood from a newer 1894 at some point as well. Just yesterday I ordered some fancy dies and parts and bullets and I'm hoping I can make it work with the right ammo...

It fires 25-20 just fine, but it fireforms the cases and blows the shoulder way forward, so I'm hoping that with a neck size only die, and a modified seater, I can reload the formed cases.  If I have to, I'll order a Vickerman inline seating die set up for 25 caliber. It'll be a fun project.
(attempts to add photos said that 400kb is max size...I'll have to reduce quality to crayon drawings and try again after work)

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Re: Marlin 1894 25-20 varmint rifle 102 years old and still putting them down.
« Reply #11 on: October 23, 2020, 11:05:33 PM »
Yep, that's one of the few articles out there that mention it!  ;D

The only image I ever found of the thing, and then my fireformed brass next to a regular 'ol 25-20.


 

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