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Marlington 1895 GBL

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Dunkelheit, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. Dunkelheit

    Dunkelheit Well-Known Member

    Im thinking about getting a big bore lever gun. I have read alot bad reputation about Marlin since they have been sold to Remington. Due the fact i have nearly no chance to find a old Marlin whereon do I have to pay attention when I get my hands on a new Marlin ?
  2. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    Everything. Anything. Screws boogered up, sights crooked, checkering wrong, barrel not seated properly, action won't cycle rounds, ect, ect. Every thing has to be scrutinized with these new Marlins.
  3. curlymaple42

    curlymaple42 Active Member

    Our club was going to take one a coupe yrs ago and the local Cabelas had just sent 6 of them back for previous mentioned problems. Now, that was 2 yrs ago. Not sure about today, but scrutinize the guns carefully just the same. Hopefully they have improved.

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  4. MEHavey

    MEHavey Well-Known Member

    Since I actually HAVE one (a RemLin 45-70 GBL), I'll weigh in.

    In the FWIW column: I picked up a Remlim GBL about two months ago. (actually May`12 now)

    - I like the laminate stock work they did (so did several of the "old guys" amongst my Range Officers)
    - I like the oversize lever loop design (as compared to my 39A and `94)
    - I like the absolutely flawless feeding of those big 45-70 cases.... smoothest I've ever felt... fast or slow
    - I wasn't too keen on the 8½ lb trigger, so I HappyTriggered & re main-springed it to 3½
    - The stock iron sights weren't too bad, but I put a WilliamsFP peep on it to establish load preferences.
    - (then my mid 60's eyes finally said "...put a lo-pwr Leupold on it, stupid...."

    - Finally, I like the way it puts lead (real lead) downrange:


    Other than the above, I have no strong opinion. ;)
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013
  5. dprice3844444

    dprice3844444 member

    some nice ones for sale on gunbroker,even one for 2800.00
  6. MEHavey

    MEHavey Well-Known Member

    Did you misplace a decimal point?
  7. curlymaple42

    curlymaple42 Active Member

    Yeh really! 2800???????

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  8. GooseGestapo

    GooseGestapo Well-Known Member

    I own an assortment of Marlins. I've seen a couple of the "droop" guns from the past 3yrs,('10), but none lately.

    Of the half dozen new "Remlins" I've looked at, (all 336's in .30/30), they are actually pretty decent rifles and compare well with late 1970's production Marlins.
    One I looked at I almost bought. It was a M336 "Youth" model with short barrel. However, I thought;.... I already have a Glenfield M30 "half magazine" with slightly shortened "birch" stock that I haven't killed a deer with in 4yrs.... So, I handed it back over to clerk....

    My only complaint was that the wood is overly "proud", or "pregnant" as another observer noted. It makes the guns feel "clunky" and "clubby"... in my hands. I have the same complaint about my mod. .338MX, with walnut stock, however.....And the forend on a M1895GG..... Buttstock is straight grip and "acceptable". My circa 1970's M336 in .35Rem is a quick pointing and handling dream. However, the "slick" walnut stock needed some "friction" for handling with gloves on, so I put some "checkering" on it my way of strips of "skate board tape".

    I prefer the thinner stocks from the '70's. If only they'd go back to the "smaller" wood and checker them like the later ones.... I'd buy ANOTHER Marlin; a REMLIN at that....
    Probably in .308MX to "fill out the collection". Or perhaps a .444 with a 1/20 Ballard rifled barrel.....

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