I posted some discussions about this particular rifle some while back and the trouble I was having trying to get it to shoot cast lead. I was thoroughly disgusted and set the gun back in the safe and started playing with other 32-20's. I haven't done any loading for it since but, discovered something about it that surprised me. I saw an article on loading for this particular 1894CL Marlin and they mentioned that it shot 308. jacketed bullets quite well. Guess what, I slugged the barrel and to my surprise no wonder it shot. 308 jacketed bullets well, the bore on this thing is .308. I would have thought that a so called expert who got a 3 or 4 page article published in the Handloader Magazine would have figured that out. I thought any of you readers who have a like rifle might like to know this in case yours is the same way. I hate to confess my ignorance that I didn't slug the barrel before I started. Also , if you don't know the CL Marlins in 32-20 have Ballard type rifling, not micro grove like some people who responded to my post thought .My question now is; are all of the 32-20CL marlins made with a .308 barrel.
David a. Cogburn