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I've always been fascinated by classic lever actions from the 1800s. Take the Marlin 1895 Lever Action Rifle, for instance. There are a variety of versions for this rifle, but I'm going to highlight the standard Marlin 1895. It is a gun that retained all of its classic futures, but has been upgraded to join the modern the world, and it was responsible for bringing back the powerful .45-70 cartridge.

.45-70 Cartridge

This was a round developed for the US Army Springfield rifle back in 1873. It is a .45 caliber bullet with a 70 grain-black powder charge at the time. The .45-70 was the cartridge of choice until the 1930s, when there was higher demand for flatter and quick-shooting cartridges. The .45-70 cartridges was thought to have been obsolete, until Marlin brought it back in 1972, with the new model 1895 rifle, using their earlier Model 336 as a starting point.

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.45-70 rounds: From Hunting Gear Shop

The .45-70 came back in style, because of its superior ability in taking down big game at close range. You can get some good long-range shots, but this is an up close and personal piece, first and foremost. As a result, it is a great self-defense weapon for close encounters against dangerous animals like bear, moose, buffalo, etc. It is great for penetrating the thick hides of boar, and deer as well. And there can be such heavy kick from the .45-70, a recoil pad will become necessary if planning on shooting this puppy frequently.

The gun itself can come with a walnut stock grip stock and fluted comb, with checkering on some versions, a rubber rifle butt pad, and a Mar-Shield finish. The checkered design is a recent feature, but others from previous decades came in pure, dark walnut. It also comes in a blued finish on the metal parts.

You'll get a caliber shot with a 4-shot tube magazine, with an extra shot in the chamber, and there are detachable swivel studs. There is also a side loading plate and ejector.

The standard piece is a tad heavier than current incarnations on the market, but the heaviness of the piece itself will help in reducing recoil. The recoil may be a problem for some, but the padding is sufficient in reducing shock. The compact nature of the piece is suitable for sifting through woods, and the square lever accommodates enough room for gloved hands.

Because it is an outdoorsman rifle, it is also a durable gun made to withstand the elements, coming in Stainless Steel and black laminated stock. The solid-top receiver keeps away snow, dirt and rain out of the mechanics, and it also makes an excellent base for a scope mount. It also comes with iron sights and a detachable hammer spur. The overall length of the gun is 40.5 inches.

With an adjustable semi-buckhorn folding rear sight adjustment, and a brass-bead front sight, it is a piece for adjustment on elevation and wind.

G Models

The 1895G (Guide Gun) was introduced in 1998, a shorter version of the standard piece, and it has a straight-grip walnut stock and Ballard style rifling function.

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1895G. Photo from Marlin

The 1895GS was introduced in 2001, and the only difference is a stainless steel receiver and barrel finish. But the G and GS weigh in at 7 pounds and 37 inches in overall length, compared to 7.5 pounds and 40.5 inches for the standard 1895. All three weapon versions include hammer safety blocks, but older models safety feature may only come in the half-cocked position instead of cross-bar safety, or any other safety feature. In a half-cocked position, the weapon will not fire when the trigger is pulled, or when it is dropped by accident. There also other 1895 to consider, such as the 1895M (.450 round), the 1895 SBL, among others.

Overall, this is a great gun if you prefer power and close encounters with the largest nature has to offer. And there are other versions that have greater ammo capacity and shorter barrels. For instance, you can get a 9-shot tube magazine out of the 1895 Cowboy. If you're in the market for a sporting rifle, you can't go wrong with any one of the 1895 models.
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