Marlin 1895 Lever Action Rifle
I purchased this rifle on a Friday, I had to return it on a Sunday, the lever action was sticking, and eventually it became impossible to operate the rifle.
I returned it and a new one will be in supposedly on Tuesday.
Waiting to see what the next one will do, I will update this report after I get the new one.
November 9, 2014
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 bought the Marlin Guide Gun in 45-70 with a Red Dot sight. Used it to hunt Russian Boar. Two shots--two kills. One at 30 yards and the second at 15 feet. The last was charging and the round entered in the front chest and exited in the hind quarter. The recoil is not as bad as some claim since it is a heavy rifle.
September 24, 2014
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