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Need help narrowing down Lever Actions

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by fishblade2, Aug 5, 2012.

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  1. fishblade2

    fishblade2 Member

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    I am very interested in a lever action rifle that fires the 45-70 round. I so far know of the marlin stp trapper but are there any others that I'm missing? Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jaxondog

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    Sure there are other's, I just prefer Winchester in the 45-70
     
  3. wlewisiii

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    Model 1886 Extra Light Rifle. I'd like one someday, though it'll probably be after I get a 94 in .38-55.
     
  4. MrDig

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    To me the Marlins are stronger and actually simpler to field strip and work on.
    I own 4 lever guns and all of them are Marlins.
    I have worked on the Winchester levers I just don't like them too many parts and too complicated.
     
  5. Red Cent

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    I am with Mr. Dig. Look around for a 336 1895 CB 26". Easy to tune, clean and very accurate.

    The 92s and 94s are a pain to strip and clean and reassemble.
     
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    Any of the Marlin 1895 series guns are the way to go. Find a used (pre remington) one if at all possible, better fit and finish on em.
     
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    Man, the Marlin Trappers sure are purdy, although they can be a handful. I've wanted one for a long time.
     
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    Lever action 45-70

    fishblade2; My Son and I both have long barreled MARLIN 1895 CB`s. We bought them to COWBOY ACTION shoot with and we really enjoy them. But we hunt with them now to, PIG HUNT down in TX and OK, and DEER in KS and MO. I use the same light load that I use in COWBOY ACTION SHOOTING, and I have not had to look very far for any thing I have shot. Most every thing just drops where I shoot them or with in a few yards. My Son likes to use the hot AMMO for the 45-70 to hunt with, but I think it is very uncomfortable to shoot. I am getting more recoil sentive all the time. I plan to use my Marlin 45-70 to go ELK hunting next year if I can go. We have several Marlin Lever guns and prefer them to other Lever guns. They are great to carry and and hunt with. GOOD LUCK TO YOU: ken
     
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    Marlin was the first manufacturer to bring the 45-70 Gov't cartridge to a lever action rifle, with the Model 1881. As the years went on, the made improvements to the action and eventually used the Model 336 to "recreate" the Model 1895 we know today. Winchester eventually brought out the 1886 and offered it in several variations through the years. What I like, is a 24" Marlin is about the same weight as the Winchester lightweight model, around 7 pounds.

    Currently, there are several reproductions of the Winchester Model and Marlin still offers the 1895. (Some other companies may offer a 45-70, but I am not familiar with them). Style and personal choice will determine what you prefer.

    Me, I have several 45-70s, but none are lever actioned. Bolt, single shot and one old double, handle my 45-70 needs.
     
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    Rossi makes their Rio Grande in .45/70. It is basically a carbon copy of the Marlin.
     
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    Marlin 1895 or maybe rossi rio grande.
     
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    My first choice would be a pre-Remington Marlin 1895. I believe both Rossi and Henry are now making lever actions in .45/70, but I don't know how the quality compares to the old Marlins.
     
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    This is what I have and I can't say enough good things about it. I prefer the looks and the action on the Winchester's over the Marlin's. The newer manufactured 1886's are every bit as strong as the Marlin 95, reportedly stronger by some people.
     
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    i have a early marlin 95(1973) in 45-70 and like it,but i also like my winchester 94 timber carbine in 444 mar., it is slimer and more agaile for me and just as powerfull in the real hunting world. eastbank.
     

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    The JM stamp does not guarantee the Marlin was made pre-Remington.
    Remington was still using up remaining stocks of JM-marked barrels made at the old plant until they ran out at the new plant.
    Denis
     
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    Ruger 1 and T/C Contender and Encore single shot lever guns
     
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    Marlins are very smooth cycling, just a real joy to shoot. Mine is a pre-Remington 336. Never shot the .45-70 but I did have a 1895 in .44 magnum. I traded it to a friend for my first bolt action and I've regretted it ever since. Get a Marlin, mine whoops my friends other lever, a Winchester in .30-30. It is just more accurate. Now that I think about it, I want one in .45-70!
     
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    I'm going to have to research the Uberti 1886, because that is just a beauty of a rifle.
     
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    My favorite for shooting targets is my Browning repro of the 1886 Winchester. However, it's a heavy pig that pretty much only gets used at matches and the range.

    So, I've got two Marlin 1895s: a short CB and a GS that's been set up scout style. They're what I'd choose between if I was going to take a .45-70 levergun hunting or anything like that where it'd be carried much.
     
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    I've owned both Marlins and original and modern Winchester/Browning 1886's, I much prefer the action of the Winchester type.

    Not sure where the idea the Marins are "stonger" came from, but those that work with them with very heavy loads say different. Either are fine for what most of us ever do with them, including some uncomfortably warm loads, so whatever difference there is in strength is in the mind of the beholder, and has little to no practical applicabilty.

    So far, in fooling with various Winchester and Browning 86's for the past 30-some years, I've never had a need to take one apart to clean it, I was always able to clean them quite well without taking them apart in any way, even when shooting black powder.

    It's more personal preference than real advantages on either side. I like the history, looks, feel and function of the 86 Winchester action. I find they are much easier to use for small game and grouse hunting when leaving the magazine loaded with full power loads, shooting the light loads singly. The chamber is much easier to reach, and the way the action cycles makes it much easier to eject the fired round, push the lifter back down, and load another round singly. The Marlin action is frustrating to do so the way the action cycles. If you want to scope one, the Marlins are simpler to scope. They are also a little lighter depending on the version of Winchester/Browning. My preference is the Browning 1886 carbine for carry in the mountains. I put good sling mounts on it, the front set into the band, a Lyman No 56 receiver sight, and had the barrel/magazine cut to 20".
     
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    I just bought a Rossi Rio Grande 45-70 and have owned a Rossi 92 in 45 Colt for a couple of years now. I actually looked at the Marlin and Rossi side by side and the difference was very little other than the price. Marlin over $750 and Rossi under $450. Fit and finish on the one I bought was excellent also and fired perfectly with the single box of 20 rounds of factory ammo I purchased to test it with. Now will be making my own loads for it soon.
     
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  24. fishblade2

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    thank you for your comments and help. By the way Birddog tell me how the research looked for the Uberti gun as well because I have always wanted to obtain an Uberti gun.
     
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    I love my Marlin 1895 LTD STD III. Only bad thing is they only made 1000. I will buy another if I run accross it.
     
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