Ive been looking at big bore lever actions lately and really like the new Marlin 1895sbl. I like the price tag even better when compared to an equivalent Browning or Winchester. My first rifle, handed down from my great grandpa, is a Marlin 336r.c. that is very nice for its age and well built. I used it from ages 13-17 and never had a problem. My question is I've heard about "remlins" and that people should avoid them but are they really that much worse than the original Marlins like my 336r.c.? Should I spend an extra 500-800 and get a winny or Browning or will the remlin be okay? Thanks.
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April 27, 2012, 03:11 PM
I have a remlin 1895sbl 2009? manufacture. I was able to look it over first and its a very fine rifle indeed.
In fact its become a favorite among the few dozen long arms I own. Its a pig killer too to be sure.
April 27, 2012, 03:34 PM
Thanks for the response. Its nice to hear someone who owns one have positive things to say. I think I may pick one up in a few months and I'm sure if i didn't like it my brother would buy it.
April 27, 2012, 04:08 PM
got a 16.5 1895,cycles fine
April 27, 2012, 05:17 PM
A 2009 Marlin is NOT a Remlin. I have an 1895SBL I bought new in Jan 2010 that was made in the old North Haven plant by Marlin's people before Remington moved production to their plant in NY. It's a great rifle, and the SBL is a fantastic gun in general, barrel length is just right and it has useful features. Mine shoots 1.25" or smaller groups at 100 yards without fail using the ghost ring XS sights, no kidding.
Can't comment on new production, but the 1895SBL is a homerun. Just look one over real well before buying and make sure the action is smooth and it looks like the rail is straight.
April 27, 2012, 05:20 PM
I have a 1895 "cowboy" from 2009 in 45/70 and it works great. No cycle problems, no feed or trigger issues. It is just straight grain walnut and a good working rifle. Its not the prettiest rifle on the rack, but is well balanced and well suited for hunting. I do like the sights that came on the rifle. At the time that I bought this one I was also looking at a Browning 1886 made in 1986 in 45/70 which was about $400.00 more in cost than the Marlin. Looking back I wish I would have bought the Browning, but who knows ten years from now it may be the Marlins built before 2008 that people are looking for.
April 27, 2012, 05:21 PM
There is a way to look at the serial numbers and letters on the barrel to determine whether or not its a Marlin or a Remlin. I'm not sure how, but knowledgeable people know. Perhaps they can share with us. And there are MANY used, good Marlins out there on the used market. I'd go that route right now.
April 27, 2012, 08:34 PM
If the barrel is stamped "JM" it was made in CT by Marlin, if it's stamped "REP" it was made in NY by Remington.
April 27, 2012, 10:42 PM
Actually, a JM barrel stamping is not a sure sign. Remington got permission to use the JM proof stamp. I generally stay away from any post-2010 models.