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Marlin .45ACP Camp Carbine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by ftierson, Jul 1, 2007.

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  1. ftierson

    ftierson Member.

    Sep 17, 2004
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Anyone have any thoughts on the Marlin Camp Carbine in .45ACP?

  2. MMcfpd

    MMcfpd Member

    Dec 4, 2006
    Houston, TX USA
    I searched unsuccessfully for one last year, and as I did their market price doubled to eclipse that of the Beretta CX4. Most people that have them seem to like them, with two oft repeated comments being that the buffer will crack and you should look at replacing the recoil spring.

    The last one I saw for sale had an asking price of $650.
  3. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Plymouth Meeting, PA
    They are very fun guns. Accurate and reliable. If you get one ...

    1. Replace the OEM 11 lb. recoil spring with a Wolff 22 lb. spring.
    2. Pick up a spare bolt buffer from either Marlin or Blackjack Buffers.
    3. Make sure the screws holding the action in the stock are snug.
    4. Keep strong solvents away from the plastic housing for the trigger and internal parts. E.g., no brake cleaner.
    5. They use 1911 mags, but will only work with mags having a square cut out in the top back of the mag. Those with round cut outs will not seat or lock into a Camp .45.
    6. The gun works really well with a red dot sight. The Camp Carbines use the same scope bases as the Marlin 336.

    Good luck in finding one.
  4. Gunfixr

    Gunfixr Member

    Jun 24, 2007
    East Coast, USA
    I had one back when they were more available, and had sold it. I have a CX4 in .45 now. While both were fun, I like the CX4 better. The Marlin made brass unuseable from serious dents in the side, but that was only the ones you could find. Most were thrown so far away as to not be findable. The heavier recoil spring may fix some of that. It seemed to kick more than the CX4 does, and was a little more finicky with ammo. The CX4 has eat everything I've put in it.
  5. rbernie
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    rbernie Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Norra Texas
    Dave Markowitz speaks the truth. Upgrade the recoil spring ASAP, and keep solvents away from the plastic bits.

    I put a Williams rear aperture sight on mine; it was meant for a Marlin 336 but fit just fine. I liked that setup a great deal - fast to shoulder and excellent sight picture.

    Mine liked the CmC 10-rd PowerMags.

    About the only reason I got rid of it was because I wanted a SD carbine and I felt that the plastic triggerguard/mag housing was inadequate for serious use. As a fun gun - it has few peers.
  6. Deles136

    Deles136 Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Lower SC
    I have one and it is great fun at 100 yards shooting clays. I have a BSA Red Dot sight and it is very good.
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