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Old 11-30-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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I was at my LGS looking for a stalking/drive hunt rifle. I was really interest in this .45/70. Does anybody have any experience with the rifle or Marlin in general. Frankonia said they have to order from the States and it will take 6 weeks to 3 months. I am not to familiar with this company living most my life overseas. I am looking to put a red dot on it, since stalking in the woods and drive hunts are close range. I want a quick action rifle with quick target acquisition. Thanks for any help. I am quite limited with choices for .45/70 over here. You can see the rifle on the below website from my LGS.

http://www.frankonia.de/0/282541/productdetail.html?articleNumber=169577&ts=homepag e&lsn=RECOMM_ENG_LSI_HOMEPAGE

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Old 11-30-2013, 07:06 PM   #2
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Marlin is a wonderful brand that I unfortunately have no experience with. But its a great American company that has deep roots.

I doubt you can go wrong.

Here's some links to their history, which I personally find the history of firearms companies fascinating.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/About/default.asp

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlin_Firearms

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Jagermeister - I don't have the 1895GBL, I have the 1895XLR with a 24" barrel & the 336 in .30-30 Win. The 1895GBL is a carbine length lever action more like the 336, except a little heavier.

I think you'll really enjoy the carbine size and I know you'll be impressed with the power of the .45-70 Gov. round.

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Long-time Marlin 45-70 owner here. I enjoy my rifle (Cowboy model) and have no complaints. The main thing I like about the 45-70 is the wide array of loads available: low power
lead/plain vanilla, to sporting semi-jacketed, to exotic. I have a 'peep & post' combination site and the rifle is capable of much more than my modest abilities deliver. The action is straight-forward and the platform can be modified in countless ways to personalize the rifle to your tastes.

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the 45-70 is a great round. it really shines with handloads.

i own a 1895gbl. great rifle. really shines with 405 grain loadings. i run a lot of hornady 350grn softpoints which like going really fast. i avoid actual hornady ammo as the cses are too short and lead to gas cutting in the chamber over time in the wrong spot which can lead to stuck cases or stiff ejection when using regular sized cases. the case body can expand into that ring over time making extraction harder. if your going to use the hornady shelf ammo a lot stick with it. i have found their ammo less than accurate out of my gbl. i love their bullets hate their loaded ammo in 45-70

things about the marlin.. the stock sights simply are beyound terrible but thats true of any levergun ive seen. i replaced mine with the xs railed sight system. you can get the gbl stock with that system making it a bit easier on the back end. i wish this model was available when i got mine http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/bigbore/1895SBL.asp

other than that you will need a bear proof ejector from http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ejector-parts/ejectors/marlin-bear-proof-ejector-prod16629.aspx heavy recoil can rip the stock ejector apart as its pretty poor design for extended use. i use my stock ejector as a backup

and finally an aluminum follower to replace the pastic one http://www.brownells.com/magazines/rifle-magazines/magazine-parts/magazine-followers/marlin-aluminum-magazine-follower-1895-45-70--sku981-000-009-20768-45965.aspx reason being plastic gets brittle in cold and nothing sucks worse than bits of cheap shattered plastic locking up the feed tube

i like the rail system because it lets me us qd rings from http://www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/?page=shop/browse best qd rings on the market letting me use any optic with backup irons with a quick flip lever

ive put my wife's aimpoint on it for a hoot and that setup works pretty well. but i prefer the trijicon accupoint

the 1895 set up that way is probably the perfect hunting brush gun out there. i simply love mine

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the 45-70 is a great round. it really shines with handloads.

i own a 1895gbl. great rifle. really shines with 405 loadings.

things about the marlin.. the stock sights simply are beyound terrible but thats true of any levergun ive seen. i replaced mine with the xs railed sight system. you can get the gbl stock with that system making it a bit easier on the back end. i wish this model was available when i got mine http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/bigbore/1895SBL.asp

other than that you will need a bear proof ejector from http://www.brownells.com/rifle-parts/ejector-parts/ejectors/marlin-bear-proof-ejector-prod16629.aspx heavy recoil can rip the stock ejector apart as its pretty poor design for extended use. i use my stock ejector as a backup

and finally an aluminum follower to replace the pastic one http://www.brownells.com/magazines/rifle-magazines/magazine-parts/magazine-followers/marlin-aluminum-magazine-follower-1895-45-70--sku981-000-009-20768-45965.aspx reason being plastic gets brittle in cold and nothing sucks worse than bits of cheap shattered plastic locking up the feed tube

i like the rail system because it lets me us qd rings from http://www.americandefensemanufacturing.com/?page=shop/browse best qd rings on the market letting me use any optic with backup irons with a quick flip lever

the 1895 set up that way is probably the perfect hunting brush gun out there. i simply love mine
Thank you for the websites. I will order the necessary parts. I really appreciate your help, and the input from everybody else.
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When shooting the heavier calibers a 45/70 can shoot, (405gr. and up) might be a little more recoil than a man can handle.
But they will take any game on the planet, and a perfect gun for fast shots at close range. (If you practice with the mechanics of how they operate).

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When shooting the heavier calibers a 45/70 can shoot, (405gr. and up) might be a little more recoil than a man can handle.
But they will take any game on the planet, and a perfect gun for fast shots at close range. (If you practice with the mechanics of how they operate).
Wow advice, and attacking my manhood at the same time. Classic Anna. Thanks I guess.
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forgot the link to the xs rail system

http://xssights.com/index.php?nID=scopemounts&cID=Scope%20Mounts&pID=s copemounts

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