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Alrighty, I finally located my Marlin 1895 Guide Gun that I'll be purchasing at the end of the week or beginning of next week. Great prices too.

However, they had both a blued version and a stainless version. As I'm sure you're aware, there is quite a price difference here, close to 100 bucks (could be 80, I was just looking at the stainless rifle).

So, is it worth it? Stainless is way easier to care for, and in my opinion is a lot more pretty....but is it worth 80 or 100 bucks?

A friend of mine said "it doesnt matter too much for a 'sometimes' gun"

What are your opinions?

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I have a blued Guide Gun. No complaints. Most stainless steels are inferior to good carbon steel for making guns. As the dimensions are identical, the blued gun should be stronger.

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While I must confess that stainless is SOMETIMES preferable, the times the average hunter and gun owners actually needs their properties is very seldom. I have always took pride in caring for my posessions, everything from shovels to screwdrivers to guns. I always likened a walnut and blued steel gun to having a cute sexy girlfriend. While others may be more robust and maintianence free, it sure is fun to pamper, take pride in, and show off the cute sexy ones.

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I would never buy an ugly gun to save $80!

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Cane I agree with just about everything you say but a blued lever gun is not bad looking nor is it ugly unless it is one of them European knock off crap guns.

Me I would go with Blued. Just because I love a nice deep blue job.

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While I must confess that stainless is SOMETIMES preferable, the times the average hunter and gun owners actually needs their properties is very seldom. I have always took pride in caring for my posessions, everything from shovels to screwdrivers to guns. I always likened a walnut and blued steel gun to having a cute sexy girlfriend. While others may be more robust and maintianence free, it sure is fun to pamper, take pride in, and show off the cute sexy ones.
some of us use the stainless properties quite a bit in our hunting.
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Wouldn't stainless matter more if you're shooting in adverse weather? Only asking cos all our club guns are stainless Tikkas...as we shoot no matter what, rain hail or shine.

Apart from the aesthetics...and yeah it does look pretty nice

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I hunt hogs in the swamp usually at night, and when we get out of there and back to the truck by the time I get home its usually 1 or 2 sometimes later and dont feel like cleaning the gun. until morning. so I use stainless.

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Alrighty, I finally located my Marlin 1895 Guide Gun that I'll be purchasing at the end of the week or beginning of next week. Great prices too.

However, they had both a blued version and a stainless version. As I'm sure you're aware, there is quite a price difference here, close to 100 bucks (could be 80, I was just looking at the stainless rifle).

So, is it worth it? Stainless is way easier to care for, and in my opinion is a lot more pretty....but is it worth 80 or 100 bucks?

A friend of mine said "it doesnt matter too much for a 'sometimes' gun"

What are your opinions?
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Cane I agree with just about everything you say but a blued lever gun is not bad looking nor is it ugly unless it is one of them European knock off crap guns.

Me I would go with Blued. Just because I love a nice deep blue job.
Tango, FIRST my comment was not that a blued lever gun is ugly. I was keying off Doc's own comment that; ..and in my opinion is a lot more pretty.. he liked the SS.

And I think I speak for everyone here that there is not anything better than a good "blue job".
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SS still rusts. You need to care for both. When a Stainless barrel rusts which is usually below the stock, it is a bitch to stop. Blue. I have blued rifles over 100 years old. They make your heart skip a beat.

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