Sorry folks but it is now time for the poo party. I'm not sure how Marlin is still selling lever guns. I've been in the market for a 45-70 for a couple of years now and check the local peddlers quite often. NOT ONE of the 1895's handed me over the counter showed any signs of craftsmanship. I keep hope alive thinking maybe one day, I will be able to handle one that the butt stock doesn't look like an untrained monkey fitted the poor thing together.
I really want a new GBL but have my eyes pealed for a nice JM stamped 1895.
I wish you luck should you decide to have them throw one on the boat headed for Germania.