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MARLIN MODEL 1895
rifle hog hunting, and I intended to use the Aimpoint. Here
on California's Central Coast we're in the "condor zone," meaning we have to use lead-free bullets, so I also checked it with
Hornady's 250-gr. Monoflex load, a homogenous alloy bullet.
Accuracy was indistinguishable, and out to 100 yds. there was
no appreciable difference in point of impact.
This rifle clearly wanted to shoot, so to give it the best
chance
to strut its stuff from the bench I mounted a much
1. 1.
larger scope than I would normally put on a .45-70. Using
Leupold's Tactical mount, I clamped a Minox ZA5 2.5-10X
onto the rail. Yeah, okay, that's not a huge scope-but it
still looks silly resting atop such a classic design. However,
while magnification has nothing to do with raw accuracy, it
sure does make it easier to shoot groups.
The Marlin stock is essentially designed for use with
open sights, and it was perfect with the supplied ghost-ring
aperture. It was okay with the low-mounted Aimpoint, and I
assume it would be fine with a small scope mounted low. With
the larger scope the comb was hopelessly low. This also has
nothing to do with raw accuracy, but everything to do with
getting a comfortable and consistent cheek-weld for shooting
groups. I strapped on a left-handed Hornady cheekpiece and
adjusted it a bit so the fit was perfect.
With the scope at 10X, shooting Hornady's 325-gr. FTX
2.
load, I would like to say the results were equally perfect, but
I don't know what that means. I do know the .45-70 Gov't
produces a bit of recoil, and firing five five-shot groups "for
score" was a challenge. My intention was to cool and clean
between groups, which I did, but I noticed significant vertical
stringing within the first few groups. This is not uncommon
with tubular-magazine lever-actions. The barrel and magazine
are pinned together by a fore-end cap. During firing the barrel
heats (and expands), but the tubular magazine does not. Too
much heat and accuracy can begin to degrade.
Per American Rifleman protocol, I fired five five-shot
groups. I took it slow, allowing the barrel to cool between
shots in April temperatures that were in the low 70s. Groups
were measured at extreme spread with a micrometer, then
0.458" subtracted for bullet diameter. The best group of
the five was 0.617", at that large caliber pretty much a
3.
ragged hole. The worst was a very mediocre 1.781"-maybe
shooter error. But the average for all five groups was 1.321".
In bolt-action terms that is not exceptional, but might
be acceptable. In a tubular-magazine lever-action firing a
144-year-old cartridge I think it's impressive. Especially
when you consider that there are no "match loads" for the
continued on p. 108

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SEPTEMBER 2017

Although it featured a standard loading gate, the Model 1895 Custom
Shop gun's parts had been individually polished, and many surfaces had
been finished in Cerakote. That made feeding cartridges smooth and
easy (1). Citing less-than-youthful eyes, the author chose to mount an
Aimpoint Micro H-1 on the gun's XS Lever Rail (2). The rifle's big-loop
lever and smooth action made rapid shooting a cinch even off sticks,
with which the author has vast experience (3). Shooting drills using
paper plates as targets may suggest that a tubular-magazine lever-action
is not capable of fine accuracy, but the author found otherwise when he
slowed down between shots as shown on both plates (4).
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