Marlin 1895 Lever Action Rifle
I had never shot the 45-70 classic other than sighting and practice, until a 500+# black bear broke into my house in Florida. I shot him in the head and he dropped. Feet folded back, and fell over. I am 64 and feel very secure with this rifle. The recoil is not as hard as a Rem 30-06 as far as I am concerned. At under 100 yrds. this is the rifle to stop them DEAD.
See facebook victor peters Oct 22. The plate is 9" for reference. He was 44" at the shoulder and 76" from nose to base of tail. They said he would stand 7 1/2' to 8' tall on his hind legs. If I didn't have the Marlin, I would have been terrified. The only other weapon I had was a Glock .40-Model 27. Love my Marlin.
November 3, 2014
I was hesitant to buy a newer Marlin after reading all of the mixed reviews. I own an older 336 and it is a great gun. Smooth, accurate, and reliable. The first thing that I noticed about this rifle was that the action was somewhat rough. I disassembled and lubed everything. I noticed that the parts are well machined, with no burs, rough edges or tool marks. After 60+ rounds trough it, the action is becoming smoother. The Microgroove rifling makes for a very accurate weapon and the sights are good too. It is easier to take apart and clean that other lever guns, and the price is reasonable. All in all I'm glad I purchased this rifle.
January 4, 2015
I bought this as my first rifle, took it to the range use the 405 grain I bought with it, and the the 325 grain Hornady, both worked great. (Hornady was better and cost less) The recoil was a little more than I planned on since I had not fired a rifle since I was in the Army in the mid 70's, so I bought a limbsaver slip-on sissy-pad that should make it easier on the old shoulder,the rifle shoots great, looks great. I have no issues with workmanship or anything else. Love this Gun.
August 2, 2014
I've always been a fan of Marlin rifles and bought at 39A about 10 years ago (made in the old factory). It's shoots incredibly well so I had high expectations of the 1895. Although I was hesitant at first given Remington's purchase of Marlin, I bought it from Bass Pro Shops. Taking the gun out for the first time, I was really impressed and happy with it. The quality of the rifle, the smooth cycling of the action, reliability and ultimately accuracy were top notch. I love this gun just as much as my 39A if not more. I'm taking on a pig hunt next weekend down in CA and this is the perfect combo especially since I can't bring my OR "compliant" AR down south. The lever action shoots incredibly well, is really handy weight/balance wise, and you can't beat the 45/70 caliber for the big hogs. I can't wait!
I also need to give kudos to the Tacoma Bass Pro Shop. It was really hard to find this particular gun and the manager worked with me to allow me to buy it and do an FFL transfer to OR. He was very professional, made himself available, and I'd buy from them in a heartbeat. I didn't expect this level of service from a big store and it reminds me of the customer service I get from the local, family owned shop.
February 20, 2015