I have three Marlin 1895s chambered in .45-70 Govt., a SBL, GG and XLR ... all are stainless steel. A friend is buying the Guide Gun so I'm going to put the XLR back to it's original form and cut the barrel down to 22" or 20". The XLR is shown below with the furniture, trigger plate and lever from the Guide Gun. The Guide Gun below was set up before the SBL was created and available. Any thoughts on which looks best? The 24" (top and factory XLR length), 22" (second from top), 20" (third from top) or 18-1/2" (standard Guide Gun length)? Marlin offers a 22" 1895 with a pistol grip but it's blued rather than stainless. I plan to set it up with iron sights so the 22" barrel may be the best choice to increase the sight radius. Based on some reloads, the 24" barrel is about 70 fps faster than the 18-1/2" barrel so cutting it down will make it "handier" without giving up much in the way of velocity.