Alright i will say it now and take the abuse. Im a newb to Marlins. I got lucky at a gun raffle and won a model 1895g in .45-70. Now after you get done abusing me answer a few questions i have. What brand ammo does it like the best? I bought a box of Hornaday .325 grain to try. What is a realistic distance it shoots? I have not gotten a chance to shoot it yet( sigh). Scope necessary or no? Im not a fan of putting a ton of crap on my guns but is a scope works well with the firearm i can live with it. Easy to maintain or a pain in the ass? I keep my guns well maintained but im also mechanically retarded ....so go ahead abuse me if you must i look forward to the colorful and informative conversations we will all have.