The Marlin 1894 is sometimes finicky in it's COL limitations; however, there is a relatively easy fix for the problem. The cartridge lifter that brings the cartridge up from the magazine tube to the bolt has a cartridge stop on it. In the Marlin 1894 it is a simple matter of disassembling the action and removing this cartridge lifter. Once out, you may take a mill flat file and carefully mill back the front face of the cartridge lifter 0.100" of an inch without adversly affecting the action feeding reliability. Once done, any of the bullets with up to and including a .450" nose to crimp length will work great in your Marlin 1894.
This project is rather simple, and if not rushed is easy to accomplish. You will have the benefit of using just about any bullet you could possibly desire, and perfectly reliable feeding of those bullets.
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