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Old August 28th, 2016, 04:34 AM   #1
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Finally Got My Marlin 1895 to the Range

I finally had some time to take my 1895 to the range and get it zeroed.

The gun functioned perfectly and the recoil was much more manageable than I had expected.

I put 20 rounds of 405 grain PPU ammo through it. I was also pretty surprised by how clean the gun was when I got home. I was expecting a black gunky mess in the barrel and chamber based upon previous experience with PPU but it only took a quick soaking with some Ballistol and about six patches and everything was squeaky clean.

All in all I'm very happy with this gun (I also squeezed in 60 rounds with my M1A Scout to reconfirm my zero)

The bottom target in picture below was me walking the ghost ring up to the center using two shot group at 50 yards. The top target was me zeroing the Burris Fastfire III at 50 yards (that just took a couple of small adjustments)










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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:05 AM   #2
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Love my .45-70, looks like yours is going to be a shooter.

I gotta say this though, run a few patches with Butches Bore Shine through
and see if you think it was really "squeaky clean"...

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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:19 AM   #3
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You may well already know, but the Marlins are quite easy to clean from the breech by removing lever and pulling out the bolt giving access to the bore from breech end. Pull lever some half way down, remove screw holding it in place, remove lever, pull out bolt and bingo, you are there. Upon re install reverse order. The ejector is the weakest part about these rifles for they are prone to break.** It is inside the frame on the left side and sits in a recess. It will most likely fall out upon bolt removal but simply replace in the slot and slide bolt back in to receiver. While you have the lever out, note the lug that inserts into the bolt and place a spot of grease on that area to give a bit smoother action, not a lot, just a small dab is all that is necessary. As fabled and great as the Winchester lever guns are, don't try this take down on them, takes multiple hands, punch, and lots of swearing.

** That ejector is of a spring steel version and Wild West Guns makes a much stronger one and common item to replace if the rifle is to be used for big bears, etc. Noting your location doubt that you will find any big bears, but one never knows. Big fan of the 45/70 and have had several over the years and they are a great hunting round.

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Love my .45-70, looks like yours is going to be a shooter.



I gotta say this though, run a few patches with Butches Bore Shine through

and see if you think it was really "squeaky clean"...


I don't have any Butch's in my cabinet but I'll give Hoppes a try and see what comes out after a little soaking


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You may well already know, but the Marlins are quite easy to clean from the breech by removing lever and pulling out the bolt giving access to the bore from breech end. Pull lever some half way down, remove screw holding it in place, remove lever, pull out bolt and bingo, you are there. Upon re install reverse order. The ejector is the weakest part about these rifles for they are prone to break.** It is inside the frame on the left side and sits in a recess. It will most likely fall out upon bolt removal but simply replace in the slot and slide bolt back in to receiver. While you have the lever out, note the lug that inserts into the bolt and place a spot of grease on that area to give a bit smoother action, not a lot, just a small dab is all that is necessary. As fabled and great as the Winchester lever guns are, don't try this take down on them, takes multiple hands, punch, and lots of swearing.



** That ejector is of a spring steel version and Wild West Guns makes a much stronger one and common item to replace if the rifle is to be used for big bears, etc. Noting your location doubt that you will find any big bears, but one never knows. Big fan of the 45/70 and have had several over the years and they are a great hunting round.


Thanks - I'm a big fan of cleaning all of my guns from the breech and do it pretty religiously with all of my guns (even if it's just running a bore snake down the tube if I don't have time for a full cleaning).

I may replace the ejector in this rifle and my other lever guns with a Wild West version but I'll probably wait until I lose one (or it breaks)

We actually do get a few Black Bears roaming through my neighborhood. They tend to come down out of the Sourland Mountains looking for food. There's been a juvenile bear that's been cruising through our yard over the past couple of weeks. He's probably using it as a path to get to the wild strawberries that grow in the woods that butt up against our development.


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The best mod you can make is a Wild West trigger. I've put them on a few Marlins, and won't be without them.

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405 grain? That's loaded for bear!
They are great & versatile guns. I have the full rifle version and my mods to it were a set of TruGlo fiber optic sights and a Limbsaver recoil pad. Here is a grouping with the open sights sandbagged at 100 yards. The one a little outside at 9 o'clock was my fault, not the gun's.
I was using Hornady's 325 grain LEVERevolution.
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405 grain? That's loaded for bear!

They are great & versatile guns. I have the full rifle version and my mods to it were a set of TruGlo fiber optic sights and a Limbsaver recoil pad. Here is a grouping with the open sights sandbagged at 100 yards. The one a little outside at 9 o'clock was my fault, not the gun's.

I was using Hornady's 325 grain LEVERevolution.


Yeah - 405 grain was all I could find when I placed my online ammo order. I've since found some 300 grain loads that will be arriving this week. I'll admit that my shoulder is feeling it today (no bruising but it's sore as can be). I don't think that shooting 20 rounds of 45-70 followed by 60 rounds of 308 while wearing a t-shirt did my shoulder any favors


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Your version has the decent recoil pad. Mine came with a hard rubber buttplate that was no help at all. That's why I had to upgrade.
Funny thing is Limbsaver didn't make a direct fit one for the 1895 which is strange given how many are 1895's are being made. I had to contour & fit a universal one to it.

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Your version has the decent recoil pad. Mine came with a hard rubber buttplate that was no help at all. That's why I had to upgrade.

Funny thing is Limbsaver didn't make a direct fit one for the 1895 which is strange given how many are 1895's are being made. I had to contour & fit a universal one to it.


I actually wasn't feeling much discomfort while I was shooting - it didn't really start bothering me until late yesterday evening when I reached for something in the garage.

I can only imagine how it must of felt shooting with that hard rubber butt pad. I'm guessing that the recoil must have gone right through you


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I actually wasn't feeling much discomfort while I was shooting - it didn't really start bothering me until late yesterday evening when I reached for something in the garage.

I can only imagine how it must of felt shooting with that hard rubber butt pad. I'm guessing that the recoil must have gone right through you


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8 rounds bruised me pretty good and I know how to hold a gun when shooting to minimize it.
After the new pad I ran a box of 20 through it and never felt it!

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Love my .45-70, looks like yours is going to be a shooter.



I gotta say this though, run a few patches with Butches Bore Shine through

and see if you think it was really "squeaky clean"...


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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8 rounds bruised me pretty good and I know how to hold a gun when shooting to minimize it.

After the new pad I ran a box of 20 through it and never felt it!


I paid a lot of attention to the position of the buttstock in my shoulder before every trigger pull. I learned my lesson about that awhile ago with my PTR91. That's only 308 but it beat me up badly once.


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I paid a lot of attention to the position of the buttstock in my shoulder before every trigger pull. I learned my lesson about that awhile ago with my PTR91. That's only 308 but it beat me up badly once.


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I put a Limbsaver on my Enfield project after running several boxes of ammo through it with the hard plastic buttplate it had. Can't say enough about how well they perform!

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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!

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