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Old August 28th, 2016, 12:46 PM   #16
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Is this a brand new 1895? If so I'm curious how happy you are with the fit and finish on your gun, I've been procrastinating about getting one but have read mixed reviews regarding the quality of fit and finish.

That's a very nice looking gun, congrats!


Thanks - It's a brand new production gun (April 2016 according to Marlin when I called in the serial number). The fit and finish is good in my eyes. Everything is straight and the fit between the stock and the receiver is fine. The action was pretty smooth out of the box and has further improved after cycling it while I watched TV and yesterday's range session.

If I had one gripe it would be the machine marks that I found on the lever and inside the receiver. I would have liked them to spend a little time at the factory smoothing them out a little more. This having been said, this isn't a huge deal for me. I'm a bit less sensitive about machining marks, etc. after getting into AKs.

My only other issue is the semi buckhorn sights. They just don't work for me. I was all over the place when I tried shooting my 336 and 1894 the first time. However, once I replaced them with ghost ring sights I was shooting without issue.

I've now bought 3 Marlin lever guns sight unseen online via my FFL and I've been happy with all of them in terms of workmanship. I'm not a lever gun purist (or an expert by any means) but I have no problem recommending new Marlins based on my experience.


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My only other issue is the semi buckhorn sights. They just don't work for me. I was all over the place when I tried shooting my 336 and 1894 the first time. However, once I replaced them with ghost ring sights I was shooting without issue.


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I didn't like the sights on mine either. Took the hood off the front sight, tried painting different color dots on the front sight and still couldn't focus well but in their defense it could just be an age issue with me.
NO complaints with the TruGlo's I installed.

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Thanks - It's a brand new production gun (April 2016 according to Marlin when I called in the serial number). The fit and finish is good in my eyes. Everything is straight and the fit between the stock and the receiver is fine. The action was pretty smooth out of the box and has further improved after cycling it while I watched TV and yesterday's range session.

If I had one gripe it would be the machine marks that I found on the lever and inside the receiver. I would have liked them to spend a little time at the factory smoothing them out a little more. This having been said, this isn't a huge deal for me. I'm a bit less sensitive about machining marks, etc. after getting into AKs.

My only other issue is the semi buckhorn sights. They just don't work for me. I was all over the place when I tried shooting my 336 and 1894 the first time. However, once I replaced them with ghost ring sights I was shooting without issue.

I've now bought 3 Marlin lever guns sight unseen online via my FFL and I've been happy with all of them in terms of workmanship. I'm not a lever gun purist (or an expert by any means) but I have no problem recommending new Marlins based on my experience.


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Good deal, thanks for the feedback!


You're welcome- I'll be honest and say that I was sweating bullets when I ordered my first Marlin online (the 336)after reading other people's comments about the Remlin quality control but I was pleasantly surprised when it showed up and everything was straight and the fit/finish was what I would expect at the price point.

I'll fully admit that I'm not a Marlin "purist" but, after buying three guns that were all made this year, I'm confident that I would get another without hesitation.


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I didn't like the sights on mine either. Took the hood off the front sight, tried painting different color dots on the front sight and still couldn't focus well but in their defense it could just be an age issue with me.

NO complaints with the TruGlo's I installed.


I took the hood off all of mine right away since I found that I could see the blade better. I never thought about trying TruGlo sights - I went with XS since that's what my buddy is using (and I was too lazy to research other options)


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medved,nice looking west va assault rifle.

still waiting to shoot my 1895 stp 16.5 inch. one day it will reach the range
med,do what i did,bought a magnum research bfr45/70 pistol with extra 450 marlin cylinder
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You were right - a 30 minute soak with some Hoppes brought out a decent number of very dirty patches full of fouling that the Ballistol did not pick up


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You will get the same if you run some Butch's through it, even after the Hoppe's, just experience of my own.

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Thanks - that's sort of what I was thinking when putting this rifle together. I'm not sure where the gun laws in NJ are going after Christie leaves office next year, so I figured now was a good time to start getting ready. I've started to notice that a lot of guys here are buying a lot more lever action and bolt action rifles than before.

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medved,nice looking west va assault rifle.

still waiting to shoot my 1895 stp 16.5 inch. one day it will reach the range

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I'd be more worried about this Fall and who might be elected to the WH. Start stocking up on anything firearms related that you might want or need now, because if things go south in November, the panic will be on. I've been through this twice before, once in '93 and once in '08. I got burned in the first, but learned quickly. I'll never be short shooting supplies again.

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I have a new production 1895 too. Fit and finish is very nice. I changed the shock pad to a Pachmayr shotgun pad (took some fitting but no big deal), and added a "Skinner" peep sight. I'm not too great with semi buckhorns, but with the Skinner, it came right in to sight. Mine shoots pretty close to what the OP's shoots at 50 and pretty dang good at 100 with my old eyes.

I load 325g Hornady FP and backed off the full powder charge of the 405 factories, and it made the recoil much more manageable. But it's still a hoss.

20 rounds with a 45/70 and then 60 with the M14....

Ahhh.. i remember those days fondly... but glad they are way behind me.. I felt it too long afterwards... :)

Like the OP, i'd have no problem buying another new Marlin. Mine is a hoss, and in hog country, it's a great gun to carry...

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I have a new production 1895 too. Fit and finish is very nice. I changed the shock pad to a Pachmayr shotgun pad (took some fitting but no big deal), and added a "Skinner" peep sight. I'm not too great with semi buckhorns, but with the Skinner, it came right in to sight. Mine shoots pretty close to what the OP's shoots at 50 and pretty dang good at 100 with my old eyes.

I load 325g Hornady FP and backed off the full powder charge of the 405 factories, and it made the recoil much more manageable. But it's still a hoss.

20 rounds with a 45/70 and then 60 with the M14....

Ahhh.. i remember those days fondly... but glad they are way behind me.. I felt it too long afterwards... :)

Like the OP, i'd have no problem buying another new Marlin. Mine is a hoss, and in hog country, it's a great gun to carry...


My shoulder is still reminding me of my "questionable" choice of going 20 rounds with 405 grains. I had to pop a few more Advil this morning in order to get my arm moving


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I've got Dawson fiber optic sights on my 1894c, and they really help my old eyes. I have a sight hood with holes from an air rifle that works great at letting light in, and protecting the FO front sight.

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Speaking of bears, I graduated from HS in '61, on to college/university some 6 years or so and at that time the bear population of WV was estimated to be some 4-500. Last year it was reported that the population is now something over 12,000!! That is a lot of black bear and hunting them has grown by leaps and bounds the past few years. Have not confirmed this, but I am told the weight limit is 50lbs. so I guess the DNR is trying to thin them out fast. There are 55 counties in WV and is said that each one has a bear population. Load that Marlin up with some "bear loads" and go over past Elkins, WV and tie up with some of those boys who hunt them with dogs. Friend of mine did that and said it was a very exciting hunt especially when the bear comes down from the tree and all those dogs going nuts. At my age will just stay in the truck drinking coffee and listen to the dogs.

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I have an 1895 thats a 2012 production gun and love it I put skinner sights on mine that big gold dot looked like a basket ball on the front sight and I couldnt stand it . I really like the remington 300 grain for my 45/70 and my 458 socom . I find it odd but satisfying my big bore guns are some of the most accurate I own . the fit and finish on my 1895 is excellent and I have not had any issues .

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Tell me a little more about the xs sights.
I'm looking at peep sights for an 1894. How's the sight picture with the wings?
Are easy are the adjustments?

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