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#3779214 - 02/10/10 Marlin 1895GBL 45-70
MontanaMarine Offline
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I have a new favorite gun...grin

Had a 1970s vintage Marlin 1895 long ago (straight grip, micro-groove) but gave it to a friend over 20 years ago. Been wanting to get back in the 45-70 business for a while, and made it happen yesterday.

Went in to Capital Sports in Helena, and found this 1895GBL,




18.5" bbl, ballard rifling, 1/20 twist, lami' stock, pistol grip, big loop, decelerator pad, 6-round magazine.

I only needed about 2 seconds to make up my mind.

This morning I loaded up some 405gr hardcast over 16gr Unique for about 1280 fps, 28K lbs-psi (per Quickload). I just took it out in the yard and put a few rounds into a 25 yard target for a function check. Smooth all around.


I'll probably plus it up with XS or Skinner sights, but I'm really tickled with this rifle. I didn't even know this was a factory model, didn't see it on the website. But it is out there.


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#3779872 - 02/10/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
Vic_in_Va Offline
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Nice lookin' rifle. The laminate stock with checkering is very attractive to the eye, and the pistol grip stock, in some people's opinions, including mine, help with recoil. The large loop lever is very practical, especially since it looks like it might be a little on the cool side where you are.

If that thing holds seven rounds, won't that add about 4 pounds in weight? (grin)

I have a standard GG, but before I ever fired it, I replaced the factory rear sight with a Williams FP. I have also replaced the factory stocks with Brockman's laminate stocks, which have a higher comb and a much better recoil pad. This helped calm the recoil considerably.

One thing I did was disable the safety. I don't know your opinion of them on a lever, but I have used levers for 40 years, and have never taken to them on levers. I simply removed the rear stock and tightened the screw that supplies tension to the detent spring until it was bottomed. The safety is still there, and would be functional in a few minutes if so desired.

I took two deer with it this year, and overall, I am very happy with the rifle.

You will enjoy that rifle. Other than the fact that the recoil makes for shorter shooting sessions, I really have a time with mine.

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#3780243 - 02/10/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Vic_in_Va]
acesandeights Offline
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They're available in 30-30 as well. Marlin doesn't list them, but the GBLs just came out. I put up a post a month or two back about the 1895 and 336 GBLs. I want a 336GBL real bad.
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#3781846 - 02/10/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: acesandeights]
the_shootist Offline
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Registered: 05/21/03
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Loc: NW Ontario, Canada
Shane,

Quick! Change hands. You're holding that thing on the wrong side. grin

Nice rifle, BTW.
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#3785485 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: the_shootist]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
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Loc: Idaho, USA
That is one cool looking rifle!

The stainless Marlins with the black pepper laminate never did anything for me, especially the XLR with that long barrel. But that one definitely looks great.

Bet with that short barrel and the way the mag is attached it shoots good, too.

Good score. wink
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#3785616 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Jim in Idaho]
eh76 Offline
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Shane,

Very nice! I like that better than the stainless version with the tacticool rail on it. I would like to see that that brown laminate stock avaialble on the XLR.

How are the edges on the inside of that large loop lever?

Keith
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#3785643 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: eh76]
NH K9 Offline
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Loc: New Hampshire
What, still no love for the rail grin ? It looks a lot less silly once the scout scope is mounted.

I do like the look of the GBL. I'm honestly not sure which I would have if they were introduced together. Most likely the first I found in either form.

George
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#3785699 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: NH K9]
acesandeights Offline
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Registered: 03/22/08
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Loc: So Oregon
I want the 30-30 now, but I don't have the $450...damn.
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#3786039 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: eh76]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
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Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
Originally Posted By: elkhunter76
...How are the edges on the inside of that large loop lever?...


Keith, they are ok, not sharp.

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#3786424 - 02/11/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: NH K9]
eh76 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 52674
Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
Originally Posted By: NH K9
What, still no love for the rail grin ? It looks a lot less silly once the scout scope is mounted.

I do like the look of the GBL. I'm honestly not sure which I would have if they were introduced together. Most likely the first I found in either form.

George


George,

Still no love for the rail........

I'll bring my XLR to the Texas hog hunt! grin
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#3787040 - 02/12/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: eh76]
Charlie-NY Offline
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Registered: 03/06/06
Posts: 55
Marlin also has a 1895STBL out. It has a walnut stock w/ pistol grip, stainless steel receiver & bbl and a (BL) big loop.

Just another option for all the 45-70 nuts.

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#3787068 - 02/12/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
Sambar06 Offline
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Registered: 02/04/10
Posts: 30
Originally Posted By: MontanaMarine
I have a new favorite gun...grin

Had a 1970s vintage Marlin 1895 long ago (straight grip, micro-groove) but gave it to a friend over 20 years ago. Been wanting to get back in the 45-70 business for a while, and made it happen yesterday.

Went in to Capital Sports in Helena, and found this 1895GBL,




Thats a doozy brother, I have a Marlin 357 but want a 4570 for blackpowder at our m/loading club rendevouz
Looks like I found the model. Im sure that hasnt been released too long.i would give my left one to have your backyard, mines too close to town for big bangs like that..

18.5" bbl, ballard rifling, 1/20 twist, lami' stock, pistol grip, big loop, decelerator pad, 6-round magazine.

I only needed about 2 seconds to make up my mind.

This morning I loaded up some 405gr hardcast over 16gr Unique for about 1280 fps, 28K lbs-psi (per Quickload). I just took it out in the yard and put a few rounds into a 25 yard target for a function check. Smooth all around.


I'll probably plus it up with XS or Skinner sights, but I'm really tickled with this rifle. I didn't even know this was a factory model, didn't see it on the website. But it is out there.


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#3817181 - 02/20/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Sambar06]
ColdCase1984 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/09
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Are they going to come out with a straight grip big loop lever? I want to retrofit by 1st year GG with the lever, won't need the longer tube as I want to cut the ported section off.


Edited by ColdCase1984 (02/20/10)
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#3827605 - 02/23/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: ColdCase1984]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 8807
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
I've done a little tweaking on this rifle. I really considered Skinner or XS irons, but wanted some elevation correction to play at long range. Soooo,

Put a Warne 20 moa picatinny rail on the receiver, mounted a VXIII 1.5-5x20 with turrets in Seekins rings, and removed the iron sights.

Makes a pretty clean package, with enough elevation adjustment to get her out past 500 yards.




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#3827718 - 02/23/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
EvilTwin Online   content
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Registered: 11/01/04
Posts: 18630
Loc: Upstate NY
Shane, there is another option for a rear sight that works nicely. IF you want to shoot medium hard cast (better IMHO), and keep the velocity around 1300, Buff Arms sells a Smith barrel sight. Ladder style similar to an Alexander Henry. Short or long staff. Plenty of adjustment for shooting up to 800 yards. That is one FINE lookin' bullet launcher ya got there!!!!
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#3827740 - 02/23/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 16963
Loc: Idaho, USA
grin Now that is a loony's rifle. A short barreled 45-70 equipped for 500 yard shooting.

Those buffalo herds milling about just out of range again? grin
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#3827743 - 02/23/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: EvilTwin]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 8807
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
I'll look into that down the road.

The initial load I've put together is a cast 405gr at about 1250 fps via 16 gr Unique. Im guessing 60-70 moa correction to 500 yards, but haven't tried it yet. Kinda waiting for snow to melt off a bit so I can get out to my favorite shooting spot without getting the truck stuck.

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#3827753 - 02/23/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Jim in Idaho]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 8807
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
Originally Posted By: Jim in Idaho
...Those buffalo herds milling about just out of range again? grin



How'd ya know????.......grin

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#3830260 - 02/24/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
eh76 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 52674
Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
veddy nice rig!
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#3831175 - 02/24/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
ingwe Offline
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Registered: 12/20/08
Posts: 57827
Loc: Southwestern Montucky
Originally Posted By: MontanaMarine

Makes a pretty clean package, with enough elevation adjustment to get her out past 500 yards.








Shane, I havent seen that since you got the rail and the turret on the 1.5-5...

Eccentric but cool


laugh

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#3831396 - 02/24/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: ingwe]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 8807
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
Once I made the mental leap to leave "traditional" behind, it was all downhill.....grin

I'm really liking it.

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#3831508 - 02/24/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
JPro Offline
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Registered: 12/13/04
Posts: 10074
Loc: Northern Louisiana
But what will it do with RL17? (grin)

That is the best looking lever gun I've seen in a long while....
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#3832497 - 02/24/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: JPro]
the_shootist Offline
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Registered: 05/21/03
Posts: 19006
Loc: NW Ontario, Canada
B-b-b-b-b-bad to the b-b-b-b-b-bone!
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#3833944 - 02/25/10 Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: the_shootist]
supercrewd Offline
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Registered: 09/13/05
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Loc: Gunnison, CO
I worked up a load with my guide gun, hard cast and 12 gr unique that shot point of aim with my full power load and no recoil. I may have to use it as a youth load for the kids. I just need that big loop lever (for me).
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