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Old 12-20-2016, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Marlin Lever Gun Quality Is Back - I Think So

I just picked up my new Marlin 1895 Cowboy with the 26" barrel. Vey nice and well made. It may not have the attention to detail the older Marlins have but the machining and fitting is well done, just not to the degree of the older guns. The wood fits tight but is not a nicely rounded where it meets the metal pieces. There is no gross machining marks or defects. There are some rough places on the lever, hammer and bolt that I will polish. The main issue I notice is that the tapered octagon barrel is well blued and highly polished which is great except that the receiver is blued but has a flat almost brushed appearance. It would be nice to have the metal pieces better matched.

I plan on going to the range to give it a work out so I can see what polishing helps soon. I'll follow up with a range report in a few days.


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Just when I was thinking, "Hmmm, I wonder about a 1894C...".
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Default Ilion NY built Marlins.

I am very pleased with my Ilion built 1895G. I do think that the current rifles are pretty nice. I have four other Marlin's, all JM, including a 444P Outfitter. The Outfitter does have a nicer blue and somewhat better stock inletting but the MR 1895G is a very nice rifle and very accurate with 300gr JSP and 405gr LRN.
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My JM 444P Outfitter on left with Leupold Scope; MR 1895G on right with old steel El Paso Weaver Scope.

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Nice looking rifles. Big Bore and a lever, what's not to love ???
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The 1895CB with the 26" barrel is the cream of the crop. - One of the best rifles for off-hand shooting ever made, and a tack driver to boot.

I put a peep sight on mine, otherwise I left it as it came out of the box.

The Hornady Lever-evolution rounds were most accurate in mine.

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I agree Salvo, that is why I already have a Williams FP-336TK on order. It should be here soon. I like ladder sights but they are too easily damaged and I won't be going that far. Maybe in the future if I move back west but not for a while.
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I got the 1895 guide gun 45-70 I love it such a tight well made piece. Packs a punch. I feel when I shoot hornady 325 grain I get more of a kick then when I shoot the Remington soft core 405 grain anyone feel the same ?


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