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#1 OFFLINE   Smokin' Iron

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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 03:08 PM

I was debating doing thumper build in either 458 Socom or 450 Bushmaster, but the cost of the build components, brass and dies made me have second thoughts. So instead I decided to go with an old school thumper at half the cost. I picked up a new Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun and have been really enjoying it. There were some concerns about the sketchy QC reports I have been hearing on newer Marlins since the Freedom Group purchased the company. But it looks like that has been sorted out. The fit and finish on this gun is very good. It cycles 405 grain hardcast loads very smoothly. It only took me 2 sighting shots to start putting rounds in the center of the black and most were touching. Now to come up with a 350 grain HP load for next deer season.  

 

Here's a pic of the lever powered thumper on the new teak hardwood flooring I just finished putting in. The Marlin was a gift to myself for completing the job and not having a brain hemorrhage doing it.

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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 03:22 PM

:thumb: Glad that you like it!

It really is practical, and it will do at least most of what you were looking to do.


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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 03:34 PM

When you start reloading I will be a bad influence.

Find some .45 cal muzzleloader sabots. Put a 158gr pistol bullet in it. We always loaded with black powder but I'm sure you can work up a good smokeless load.

Then have some fun. Recoil is nil but you run a 158gr into a groundhog inside of 50 yards and I promise you will get chunks and hang time to rival Towtruck.


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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 03:37 PM

:thumb: Glad that you like it!

It really is practical, and it will do at least most of what you were looking to do.

Thanks Longhair! I think the 45/70 will give me a lot of flexibility. The 1895 is a strong action and I can tailor loads from mild plinking to loads that will kill on one end and punish on the other.




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 04:15 PM

Badass gun!!!


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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 04:15 PM

Years ago I had a .45-70 Martini w/34" full octagon barrel that was 1-1/8" across the flats. I ran light .458Win.Mag loads in it on occasion that were on the verge of being dangerous. Flattened primers were the norm with a lot of loads, but I had some that started backing up into the firing pin hole I had to back off on a little. :blink: The thing was, that being so heavy, everything I put through it was pleasant to shoot.




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 06:12 PM

The only thing I have shot through it so far are 405 grain cast loads moving around 1250 fps. They are pussycats and not bad at all in the recoil department.




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 06:31 PM

Nice!




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 09:31 PM

I love mine. I have a 1895GBL. I really like the new hornady leverevolution for factory loads. I wanna load up some nasty 500's for fun though. Cuz you never know when you need to kill a charging elephant.


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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 09:34 PM

O boy, congratulations brother that's a fine looking rifle. I am really loving that cartridge and in my quest to pair up rifles and pistols, may I suggest this little cannon.
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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 09:38 PM

I love mine. I have a 1895GBL. I really like the new hornady leverevolution for factory loads. I wanna load up some nasty 500's for fun though. Cuz you never know when you need to kill a charging elephant.

Or Cape Buffalo. I had one in the backyard a few weeks ago and was totally unprepared.




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 09:49 PM

O boy, congratulations brother that's a fine looking rifle. I am really loving that cartridge and in my quest to pair up rifles and pistols, may I suggest this little cannon.
https://www.magnumre...inch-Barrel.asp

Very cool! But a gun belt with that beast in it would be around my ankles in nothing flat! 




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Posted Jan. 10 2017 - 10:49 PM

Very nice. I've considered one of those more than once.

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Posted Jan. 12 2017 - 02:05 AM

.45-70 the old school solution. I like it. I want me one of those Wild West Gun Co PilotTake downs in .45-70 if I win the Lottery.  

 

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Posted Jan. 12 2017 - 03:43 AM

Looks great

 

I hope you didn't scratch the nice floor taking the photo




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Posted Jan. 12 2017 - 06:15 AM

That is SWEET !




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Posted Jan. 12 2017 - 06:32 AM

Man, that's nice.  Totally enjoy shooting my lever action so I'm sure you will. 







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