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Marlin 1895 GS ? Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by aquariumjunky, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Hey I am not really sure why but I really like the 1895 guide gun in 45/70. Anyone have any thoughts good/bad on this rifle?

    Further does anyone have one in the albany corvallis area that could meet at
    the ARPC some time to try it out before I shell out the bones to pick one up. I could also meet around sweethome some time also as I frequent the area.

    Thanks,
    Steven
     
  2. The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man rural Washington County, Oregon Active Member

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    I have been having the same thing going on for a long time now, too. I do have a Marlin 1894 in .44 Mag so it's not like it's just a lever gun thing. Finally, I had the opportunity to fire a old Winchester 1886 45/70 and really enjoyed it. It does bark a bit. I compared the ballistics of the .44 Mag to the 45/70 and ultimately decided that the .44 Mag would do anything I need done around here and haven't (yet) bought a Guide Gun. It will be interesting to see how long you can fight it. :)
     
  3. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I have one you can try out. I will send a PM with #. No need to go to ARPC just out my back door.
     
  4. cameronhu

    cameronhu Ridgefield, Wa Member

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    So what do you guys think of it? I'm looking at one myself :)
     
  5. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    I have had mine awhile now and use it exclusively for dear. I am going to use the Hornady leverevolution this year. I usually use 300gr HP from Sierra loaded with IMR 4198. I have loaded and used 400gr SP using H335 which is pushing them at 1800fps for elk. I like mine for brush hunting (short) you can really tuck it in tight while on the sneak. Aquarium Junky came out and tried it out today, I don't think it will take him long till he gets one.:D

    Mine is factory ported and throws a 6 foot ball of flame which is hillarious at night. The newer versions are not ported, I would get it ported if you plan on pushing the envelope with reloads. I will most likely never get rid of mine.
     
  6. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    ya I like it! Like it a lot! (should I use kids college money to get one?)
    Ya Deadeye let me come out and shoot his today. Heck of a guy! and very sweet rifle. I will probably be picking one up in the next month or two. (shhhh don't tell the wife)

    It did not kick nearly as hard as I feared with the factory Hornady rounds although the 400gr hand loads had a bit more umph to them. Great fun and should work great for putting meat on the table!

    Thanks again Deadeye! Nice meeting you and great rifle!!!
    (picked up another box of 45/70 at bimart today)
    Steven
     
  7. sultanofswat

    sultanofswat canby, OR Member

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    my friend has one and i shot it yesterday. its a really nice rifle, and the factory loads dont kick at all. but now he wants to get a handgun so i think he is trying to sell it or trade it
     
  8. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I like the caliber. I have a Harrington and Richardson single shot 45-70. Bi-Mart in Medford (on Biddle Road) has a Marlin 1895 Guide Gun for less than $500 that I have been looking at. I still have to convince the other half that I need it.
     
  9. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    I've shot one for quite awhile just bought a new 1895 SBL shooting 425gr hardcast bullets shoots great i would love to pick up a ported guide gun also.

    Twodogs
     
  10. cameronhu

    cameronhu Ridgefield, Wa Member

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    I just saw the 1895 SBL earlier today. wow. Know anywhere to pick one up for a reasonable price?
     
  11. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    Fishermans in oregon city had one on the shelf.
     
  12. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Did you see what the little tag on it said? I am really thinking of selling some stuff and getting a SBL

    Anyone need a kidney?
     
  13. aquariumjunky

    aquariumjunky Albany, Oregon Active Member

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    Did you see what the little tag on it said? I am really thinking of selling some stuff and getting a SBL

    Anyone need a kidney?

    ummmm only one kidney I am keeping at least one also!
    Steven
     
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  14. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    I think it was $880.00 I sold two other 45/70's to get mine.
     
  15. Huntbear

    Huntbear Ellensburg, Wa. Member

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    Awesome weapon and caliber out to 200 yards max. Shot my buddies, and it is SWEEEEEET. He is handloading his, with 300 gr. bullets for deer.
     
  16. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    That's funny cause I'm trying to get a 45/70 handgun to go with the rifle. I had a chance to get a nice revolver a while back but waited too long to decide. I am not a fan of the BFR I want one of the single action look that have been produced in the past. I figure around $1600 might get a nice one if I can ever find one again. If I can find one I'll have to let you guys try it out.:thumbup:
     
  17. Twodogs

    Twodogs portland Or Active Member

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    I've shot a T/C in 45/70 not all that bad.
     
  18. dario541

    dario541 medford, or 97504 Member

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    I have never shot one, but I have read in gun magazines that the ported barrels direct a lot more muzzle blast toward the shooter. Can anyone confirm this?