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#3779214 - 02/09/10 04:17 PM Marlin 1895GBL 45-70
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 7968
Loc: Canyon Ferry, Montana
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 - 02/09/10 06:31 PM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: MontanaMarine]
Vic_in_Va Offline
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Registered: 05/30/02
Posts: 4848
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 - 02/09/10 07:49 PM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Vic_in_Va]
acesandeights Offline
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Registered: 03/21/08
Posts: 1154
Loc: So Oregon
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 09:20 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: acesandeights]
the_shootist Offline
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Registered: 05/21/03
Posts: 18854
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 09:02 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: the_shootist]
Jim in Idaho Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 15616
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 09:35 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: Jim in Idaho]
eh76 Offline
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Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 47480
Loc: North of Liberalism in Wyoming
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 09:41 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: eh76]
NH K9 Online   content
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Registered: 07/12/06
Posts: 7984
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 09:52 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: NH K9]
acesandeights Offline
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Registered: 03/21/08
Posts: 1154
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 11:34 AM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: eh76]
MontanaMarine Offline
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Registered: 09/25/01
Posts: 7968
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 01:37 PM Re: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 [Re: NH K9]
eh76 Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 12/17/06
Posts: 47480
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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