New to Marlin... M1895g in .45-70

Discussion in 'Lever Action' started by runningbear1972, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    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 go ahead abuse me if you must i look forward to the colorful and informative conversations we will all have.
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  2. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

    Welcome to the forum. You are one lucky dude!! If you can shoot well without a scope, I would just put a peep sight on it. There are several men on this forum that shoot the 45-70 that can answer the other questions better than I. I do have a Marlin lever action though and it is my favourite gun!

  3. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum !!

    we are here to help, so ask any question you like !!
  4. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum.
    You'll get no abuse from me.
    Congrats on winning a super fine rifle. I'm sure that you'll be very pleased with it for many years to come.
    Never owned a 45-70 so I can't help with the ammo question. I suggest any brand name ammo maker. Different rifles like different ammo. Try a few and see what it likes best.
    As for scope or no scope??? All personal preference. Set it up so that it makes you happy and meets your needs. Doesn't matter what others think.
    I have a Marlin 336 with a Sight-Mark Holographic Reflex Red Dot because I think that a lever gun with a scope takes away from the old west look. But with failing eye sight, iron sights are not an option for me.
  5. Bucky

    Bucky Well-Known Member

    Gotta agree with that one greyhawk50
    I know what it's like to not see things properly

    I run a Bushnell 1.5-4 x Shotgun scope on my .444, and love it .
    When hunting I wear orange tinted "big eyed" glasses, with only my distance script in them.
    Makes life easier
  6. KEN

    KEN New Member

    Congrats on the raffle . Sorry to hear it was a 45-70...big bore , big bullets , big price. Tell ya what I'll trade you a easy to use 22 Long Rifle single shot for that complex and expensive to shoot lever action... Scope, hell that thing will rattle any glass loose in 3 shots.

    You ask for it, had to give you a little grief.

    Love my 1895 GS and Cowboy models.

    Shoot it and you will never let it go .

  7. LT2108

    LT2108 Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting

    Welcome to the forum !
  8. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    Thanks guys. I am dying to shoot it. As for the scope i was thinking it would be a pain to keep it zeroed with the kick it has. The sad thing about this is I live in ohio and the only thing i can hunt with it is fricken squirrels. Hoping a woodchuck or coyote accidentally cross my sights. And i appreciate the offer of trade for the .22 lr........lmao mighty nice of you.
  9. oldbrass

    oldbrass Well-Known Member

    congrat on the raffle, I think you should do the trade for the .22 Your going to look real silly hunting squirrels with a buffalo rifle
  10. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    Lol... I know it funny thinking about shooting a squirrel with it. Don't think there would be anything left but a memory. Im going to reload so i should save some cash there. we have a ridiculous amount of large coyote here and they get closer and closer to humans all the time. I look forward to pluggin a few with it.
  11. UT45-70

    UT45-70 Member

    ohio has proposed allowing several straight walled rifle cartridges for deer for 2014, and 45-70 is among them! It still has to be voted in
  12. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    That would be awesome. I hope it goes through.

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  13. jbaker30

    jbaker30 Active Member

    Welcome aboard runningbear, as to your questions, definatly try the iron sights first, you might be suprised how well they work. A peep sight set up would be optimal for sure. Ammo is up to you the Leverevolution stuff you have is fine and will take down anything you have in Ohio I'm sure. The 45-70 is a great reloading round lots of info out there like Hogdon's website has a reloading section that is very informative. The 45-70 can be loaded mild to wild , so have fun with your new shoulder mounted artillary! The range of your gun depends on you and how well you know the bullet drop of your chosen ammo. Hope that helps.
  14. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    Thanks for the info. I have such cabin fever i took my marlin 60 and the 1895 out last weekend in the bitter tundra. Man i love those guns!

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  15. Bush_Ranger

    Bush_Ranger New Member

    Congrats on winning the Marlin, my favorite gun. Depending on how good a shot you are, you can effectively hit targets at 300m. Unfortunately, I hated the sights that came with the rifle, so I swapped them out for a set of ghost ring sights (originally designed for a shotgun). I changed the front sights to tritium for shooting at night.

    I had to have some work done to my 1895GBL in 45-70. But, besides the sights, the only add- on is a Diamond D ammunition carrier butt cuff. It carries six rounds, same as the rifle, and it's high quality.

    Hope you enjoy your rifle!

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  16. Hillbilly

    Hillbilly Well-Known Member

    Runningbear I was wondering if have you got to shoot your 1895g yet?

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  17. DUTCHS

    DUTCHS Well-Known Member Supporting

    I found mine very easy to maintain and cleaning is a breeze. Mine is the GBL but I think that it is just the shorter barrel. I installed a Wild West Trigger in mine by myself in under 15 minutes and that's with never having done any work on a lever gun before. Good luck and may your winning streak continue!!

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  18. Nogoat

    Nogoat Well-Known Member

    Welcome from WI, Cabellas has lever actions, scopes by cal

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  19. runningbear1972

    runningbear1972 Member

    Yes i have shot it. It is by far my favorite gun to shoot. Now that i can use here in ohio to hunt i will never get rid of it.

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  20. Hillbilly

    Hillbilly Well-Known Member

    I know I Love mine they are Awesome guns
    I don't care what they Naysayers say
    Most Remlins are really good guns

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