TFB Lightning Review: Ranger Point Precision’s 1894 Extractor Claw: No Case Left Behind!

 

Solving the failed extraction detraction:

Recently, Houston, TX’s Ranger Point Precision reached out to me about a product they had been diligently developing for some time: an upgraded extractor claw for the Marlin 1894.  The original Marlin 1894 extractor looks like a bobby pin, and works just about as well.  Besides poorly made levers, the original extractor was the main cause of the “hitchy” feeling many 1894s have during the cycling of the action.  Another side effect of the old extractors is they can fail entirely to extract cases.  RPP’s new extractor fixes these problems with a whole new design.  Filling the extractor channel completely, with an integral compression coil spring, these new extractors engage far more of the cartridge rim, and make cycling the action far faster, smoother and more reliable.

Designing the small part was no small task.  Per RPP:

(RPP) worked for more than 6 months to get the extractors designed and tuned to work right. And thanks to Marlin changing the 1894’s bolt design 5x, (RPP) also had to design five different extractor claws – plus a 6th that we use in our semi-auto pistol caliber short stroke carbines.

The end result is an excellently executed part that seriously upgrades performance.  Here are the specs:

FEATURES
– Machined from super strength 4340 steel alloy (far thicker and stronger than the factory part) and nickel plated for incredible strength and corrosion resistance.
– Closely held CNC machine tolerances eliminate extraneous movement and ensure consistent fit and function
– Compression coil spring improves extractor claw compliance during feeding, lowers cycling effort, and greatly increases service life (virtually unlimited lifetime)
– Robust dimensions and superb geometry ensure no case gets left behind
– Rigorous testing by SASS Cowboy Action Shooters, Marlin Enthusiasts / Machinists
– Drop-in part that installs in minutes (comes with one extractor claw/shaft/spring, one punch, one replacement spring if original is lost)
– Marlin 1894, Marlin 1894CB and Marlin 1894CL options (fits all calibers: .218 Bee, .25-20 Winchester, .32-20 Winchester, .32 H&R Magnum,. 327 Federal, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .41 Magnum, .44-40 Winchester, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, .45 Colt)

Ordering and Installation:

Images courtesy of RPP

 

Author’s Disclosure: Ranger Point Precision was kind enough to ask me to be an initial product tester for their extractor claw.

RPP had me inspect my 1894 bolt before sending the part, due to the aforementioned issue of Marlin changing the location of the extractor claw channel in the bolt.  I required option #2.  The part arrived promptly.  I was impressed that along with the part, they send a pin punch!  This ended up being a critical item, as I broke my old punch loosening the extractor retention pin, which can be extremely tight in 1894 bolts.  RPP also provides a very easy to follow installation video for customers without previous gunsmithing experience.  The provision of the tool necessary for installation along with the detailed instruction video was much appreciated.  I hope more companies go this route in the future, and good on RPP for doing so.

Old extractor

New Extractor-note the massively increased engagement surface

Image courtesy of RPP

When laid side by side, there is no contest between the old flat spring vs the new RPP extractor.  wider, smoothly machined, and nickel plated, and imparting little friction resistance to the cycling process, RPP’s extractor looks alien to the rest of my 1894’s spartan construction.  In a decidedly good way.  Installation took only 5 minutes start to finish.  I should add that RPP also provides an extra coil spring, should the one provided take off inadvertently during installation.  I’m sure many future customers will appreciate this extra consideration.

Everything included: Pin punch, Extractor Claw assembly, extra spring. (Image courtesy of RPP)

I tested the extractor, reinstalled the bolt, and then cycled the action with a few dummy round to make sure everything was working well. Cycling the action immediately felt much smoother; it was time to test the extractor for real at the range.

Performance at the Range

I shot my 1894 with the new extractor through about 50 rounds of .44 magnum and .44 S&W Special the next day, with nickel and brass cased ammo from Hornady, Cor-Bon, Buffalo Bore, Winchester, and Federal.  Cycling the action for the first time after firing was so smooth, I was almost incredulous. I had to look and see if the first case extracted, as  I was used to far more resistance cycling the action after firing a round.  Sure enough, everything had functioned perfectly, I just needed to get used to not feeling the two hitches in the action from the old extractor.  From then on, my range session was a blast, and I had fun seeing how fast I could cycle the action after each shot.  I used to have to be very precise how I worked the lever with the old extractor, as to prevent malfunctions.  This is no longer an issue with my rifle.  Ejection was also incredibly consistent, with a neat pile at the 2 o’clock position.

Not a single case escaped the clutches of RPP’s new claw!

Overall Impressions:

RPP has hit the bullseye again with their new extractor claw.  Like their medium loop lever, the addition of new claw resulted in a vast improvement in function of my carbine.  I would say that it is well worth its value at $58.00, and feels like an action job has been performed with the replacement of one crucial part.    I will have a lot more confidence in my carbine the next time a pack of wild boar comes boiling out of the bushes, and can’t wait to go get more sausage for the freezer with my new extractor installed.  If one has a Marlin 1894 and uses it regularly, this new extractor is worth every penny.  For more information or to order, please visit Ranger Point Precision.

A huge thank you to Ranger Point Precision!  I should add that though they are located in Houston, their employees and facilities survived Hurricane Harvey, and they are back at work and ready to provide customers with quality parts and service.   I would encourage any of our readership that can donate to a reputable organization that helps in Hurricane recovery to do so, and wish any of our readers in hurricane impacted areas safe passage and recovery through these tough times.  





Rusty S.

Having always had a passion for firearms, Rusty S. has had experience in gunsmithing, firearms retail, hunting, competitive shooting, range construction, as an IDPA certified range safety officer and a certified instructor. He has received military, law enforcement, and private training in the use of firearms. He is fortunate enough to have access to class 3 weaponry as well.


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  • RPP is out of my price range, but I’m glad they’re out there, ‘cuz gawt dang everything they make is incredible.

  • Jared Vynn

    I need to get to upgrading mine.

    Does yours throw the brass when it ejects, mine seems to just drop the brass at my feet.

    • Rusty S.

      My 1894 with the upgraded claw tosses the cases about 3 ft to my 2 o’clock position when shot from a standing position. With the factory extractor, it was very inconsistent but mostly they dropped out 1-2 feet from me at my 3 o’clock.

  • Mr._Exterminatus

    This is pretty cool. I like how there are companies supporting old firearms and making parts to improve them.

    • Jack Burton

      It’s awesome seeing someone make some tangible improvements to these old guns, especially with the current decline in manufacturing quality. Helps keep them a viable option for those of us whose tastes lean that way.

      • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

        The Marlin 1894 is a current production firearm. I have one manufactured in 2015.

        • True that 1894’s are still in production along with the millions manufactured over the years. Our REP Extractor Claw is for the newer Remington made models. We also have made claws for the JM models with various bolts. Two for the CL’s and two for the Standard models. Both JM and REP models have issues with reliable feeding and extraction.

          • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

            Yeah, as a reloader who likes “oomph” in his 44mag, I got a lot of sticking from the rough chamber until I gave it a good polish.

            I just might have to add one of your guys extractors to my list 🙂

          • We’re here to help 🙂

          • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

            You know what you guys should make next that I would buy in a heartbeat? A pistol grip conversion kit for the 1894.

            Marlin HAS made them in a pistol grip variant in the past (more the .357’s, from what I understand though), and the stocks are available.

            But you simply cannot find the bottom portion of the receiver to swap out, and no one seems to make them aftermarket and Marlin WILL NOT sell you that piece.

            I love the more classic “pistol” grip variant over the straight stocked variant. And I would happily buy that kit from you guys, along with a medium loop lever 🙂

          • The trigger plates are a very complex part and fitment from rifle-to-rifle is hit or miss. Between the costs to develop them, the pricing we’d have to charge and the fitting issues, I’d don’t see making the plates anytime soon.

        • Jack Burton

          It’s a century and a quarter old design, and lever actions in general seem to enjoy this perception as being 100% worthless as anything other than deer hunting and cowboy LARPing implements. All I was trying to say.

          • noob

            Also lever action is the best legal way to get 2 shots off in 2 seconds in Australia.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Uh, Marlin 1894’s are still being produced. I have one made in 2015.

      • Mr._Exterminatus

        Yes, they’re still made, but I guarantee most of the ones out there are older.

  • Swarf

    Doesn’t someone else make a one piece extractor for the 1894?

    Galloway maybe?

  • Thanks so much Rusty for taking the time to review our M/94 Extractor Claw. Very happy to hear that your .44 Mag is now running smoothly and reliably and ready to fill the freezer with hog meat. Happy hunting!

  • noob

    There should be a time-travel movie which opens with somebody finding an old gun untouched in an abandoned base-camp in the frozen arctic, but on taking it apart it turns out that half the internal parts have been upgraded with future tech upgrades that the time traveler decided they couldn’t live without even if they were going on a dangerous covert mission to a time before antibiotics. It would later explain the performance difference between the time traveler’s signature weapon and the local’s handmade original period pieces – time traveler has better magazine springs, extended magazine, enhanced extractor, improved firing pin, scandium frame, tritium sights etc

    “I dated these pieces of the blade at 600 B.C. The metal’s been folded over 200 times. The Japanese didn’t start making swords that way until the Middle Ages. So where the hell did it come from? If I could verify its existence, it would be like discovering a 747, made a thousand years before the Wright Brothers ever flew.” – Dr Brenda Wyatt – Highlander

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/302ecee983533f5796b7c2331355b51a672dab1ddd3cf13b8f6bd50a604c9882.jpg

    • You know what’s funny, I wasn’t going to say anything, but we actually found this extractor design in an old DeLorean that found in a storage unit in Southern, CA.