September 1998

Marlin 1894 Cowboy II: A Winning Lever-Action Rifle in .357 Magnum

In this two-way .357 Magnum cowboy rifle test, the Marlin bested the Winchester Model 94 Trails End in all areas except price and capacity.

With Cowboy Action Shooting the fastest growing segment of the shooting sports, Gun Tests continues its in-depth look at the hardware fueling this impressive growth. The lever-action rifle is the primary long gun used by Cowboy Action competitors.

The criteria for a Cowboy Action Shooting rifle is straightforward. It must be a lever action with a tubular magazine and an exposed hammer. It must have open sights and a barrel over 16 inches in length (the minimum BATF requirement). It must fire a centerfire “pistol” cartridge larger than .25 caliber. The bullets it fires must be made entirely of lead and have a muzzle velocity of less than 1,400 feet per second.

In the January 1998 issue...

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