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SPECS

MANUFACTURER: MARLIN FIREARMS CO. (DEPT. AR), 870 REMINGTON DRIVE, MADISON, NC 27025; (800) 544-8892;
MARLINFIREARMS.COM
36¾"
3¾"

1½"
18½"

13½"

SIGHTS: WILLIAMS ADJUSTABLE, FIBEROPTIC FIRE SIGHTS; DRILLED-AND-TAPPED

STOCK: WOOD LAMINATE; PAINTED WITH
TEXTURED WEBBING

CHAMBERING: .45-70 GOV'T
ACTION TYPE: LEVER-ACTION, CENTER-FIRE
REPEATING RIFLE

RECEIVER: NITRIDE-TREATED STAINLESS STEEL

RECEIVER

MAGAZINE: TUBULAR; SIX-ROUND CAPACITY
BARREL: NITRIDE-TREATED STAINLESS STEEL;
BALLARD-STYLE, SIX-GROOVE,
1:20" RH TWIST

TRIGGER: SINGLE-STAGE; 3-LB., 15-OZ. PULL
WEIGHT: 8 LBS.
ACCESSORIES: OWNER'S MANUAL, LOCK
MSRP: $1,225

SHOOTING RESULTS (100 YDS.)

.45-70 GOV'T
CARTRIDGE

VEL. @ 10'
(F.P.S.)

ENERGY
(FT.-LBS.)

HORNADY
325-GR.
LEVEREVOLUTION FTX

1949 AVG.
8 SD

2,741

1.63

2.08

1.87

REMINGTON
405-GR. CORE-LOKT SP

974 AVG.
16 SD

853

1.85

2.21

2.04

WINCHESTER
300-GR. SUPER X JHP

1747 AVG.
24 SD

2,033

1.80

2.12

1.94

AVERAGE EXTREME SPREAD

GROUP SIZE (INCHES)
LARGEST
AVERAGE
SMALLEST

1.95

NOTES: MEASURED AVERAGE VELOCITY FOR 10 ROUNDS OVER A CALDWELL G2 CHRONOGRAPH
AT 15 FT. ACCURACY FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE, FIVE-SHOT GROUPS AT 100 YDS. FROM A BENCH
REST. TEMPERATURE: 68º F. HUMIDITY: 75%. ABBREVIATIONS: FTX (FLEX TIP EXPANDING),
JHP (JACKETED HOLLOW POINT), SP (SOFT POINT), SD (STANDARD DEVIATION).

The rifle's adjustable Williams Fire Sights, consisting of a hooded, red fiber-optic front
and a green fiber-optic rear, help facilitate quick target acquisition and low-light use.

The Model 1895GSBL's metal parts
owe their blackened finish to a ferritic
nitrocarburizing (FNC) process that further hardens the stainless steel, while
also increasing its corrosion resistance.
As it is a case-hardening process and
not a coating, the FNC treatment has
no impact on part tolerances. Whereas
the SBL model utilized a ghost-ring rear
sight and a scout rail, Marlin decided to
supply the GSBL instead with Williams
Fire Sights to help facilitate quick
target acquisition and low-light use. The
light-gathering, green fiber-optic rear
sight (located forward on the barrel so
as to not preclude the use of a receivermounted optic) is windage adjustable,
and the hooded, red fiber-optic front
sight is a fixed post.
In keeping with the theme of
maximizing toughness, Marlin chose to
go with a laminated hardwood stock
and fore-end on the GSBL. Laminate
is heavier than walnut, but it is also
stronger, and the additional weight

will be appreciated when it comes time
to fire the gun. The wooden parts have
been painted with a weather-resistant,
proprietary green paint, and the
standard checkering has been replaced
with textured black spider web accents.
Some transitional Marlins-
Remington bought the company in
2007-had problems with substandard
fit and finish, but our evaluation gun
exhibited no such issues. Wood-to-metal
fit was well-executed, and the operation
of the action was easy and smooth. The
single-action trigger broke crisply at just
under 4 lbs., with no discernible take-up.
Function testing of this firearm
was conducted using several different
weights of .45-70 Gov't loads and the
1895GSBL's iron sights. The gun ran 100
percent regardless of bullet length or
type. We then installed a Weaver Super
Slam 1-5X 24 mm scope (mount sold
separately) in order to conduct the formal accuracy testing. The rifle managed
an average extreme spread of 1.95" at
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100 yds., which is more than accurate
enough for hunting deer, moose and
similar-size big game at the ranges for
which the .45-70 Gov't is intended.
In regards to general handling, we
found the Model 1895GSBL to be wellbalanced, quick-pointing and, at 8 lbs.,
relatively lightweight. Recoil of the
formidable .45-70 through the rifle is
significant, but not uncomfortably so
given the gun's dimensions. The tactile
spider web accents do provide some
purchase on the gun during recoil,
but we questioned whether the GSBL
might be better served instead by more
traditional checkering. All in all, the
gun makes a handy, yet potent, choice
for big-game hunting in thick cover.
The Marlin Model 1895's history
with the .45-70 Gov't dates back to
the days when it was still a blackpowder cartridge, and while the GSBL
variant is probably the most unconventional member of that venerable
line, it is also likely the hardiest.

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