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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 AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG OCTOBER 2016 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. 93 http://www.MARLINFIREARMS.COM http://www.AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

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