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Old February 25th, 2017, 03:19 PM   #1
 
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Been working on some improvements to my 1895GS. It's still not done yet, one or three more tweaks to make including a proper shooting sling, but so far here is the work i have done:

-Action smoothing/slicking job
-A few reduced power springs
-skinner rear aperture and front post sights
-stainless mag follower
-installed a 6+1 mag tube from an 1895SBL (this required cutting a new dovetail)
-Filled rear sight dovetail and under barrel dovetail
-safety delete w/ saddle ring
-lever wrap with paracord

Future:
Medium sized loop is currently en route.
Sling
Potentialy refinish furniture without checkering.

Anyway. It shoots great still, but now its much more handy and useful! Bit of an updated take on a lever gun. I doubt i'll ever put optics on it, but a scout scope is a possibility in the future.







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That Sir, is one FINE LOOKING RIFLE!!!
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You did a beautiful Job !!!

I have the SBL with the Black Laminate Tree wood stock, your's looks so much better.

Good luck with it.
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nice. I love my marlin cowboy 45/70.
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Very nice! Tell me more about the safety delete saddle ring. I hadn't heard of that one before. I assume you removed the safety and replaced it with a saddle ring. That's a great idea.
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Very nice! Tell me more about the safety delete saddle ring. I hadn't heard of that one before. I assume you removed the safety and replaced it with a saddle ring. That's a great idea.
Beartooth Merchantile sells a simple crossbolt safety delete, one version of which has a plain screw head, the other version of which has a saddle ring where the screw head would have been. They include a set screw for if you actually want to use the saddle ring as a sling point or anything but that normally requires you to tap the hole all the way where marlin just used a detent ball and a short screw. I didn't install the special screw and I sure can't move the ring so I think it's fine either way.
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That's a really sweet looking lever gun Dr. M. Nice pictures too. Thanks for sharing.
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There it is Doc! another beautiful piece!!!!


Sling some heavy lead, life is good!!
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Very nice there Dr. M. I've got one in the blued version, with a scope attached, I too had the action smoothed out and the ugly cross bolt safety replaced with a screw by some guy named Ludwig, (can't remember his full name) from Wisconsin. I do love that rifle as it is extremely accurate out to 100+yards.

Bought it quite a few years ago for a hunt in Alaska that never materialized, but did use it for elk in Montana, and it definitely put that big bull elk down with authority. I used a hand-load of a 405grain hard cast, with IMR 4198 powder that according to my chronograph clocked at very close to 2000fps. The recoil is quite stout, but you don't really feel it, in the course of the hunt.
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Wish I had a fence post that produced fruit like that one did.
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The is guys. The rifle does shoot great. This is with my downloaded plinking Ammo. 405gr cast bullet over some trailboss running at about 900fps.

This was 50 yards using the skinner aperture sights. Windage and elevation are off because I had just shortened and reinserted the front sight. These were the first 3 shots of the day.

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Dropped in the new-to-me DRC lever. Needed to change out the plunger and spring for the one i had modified in my original lever because this one was WAY too light and i could flick it open with a single finger. Looking good! Getting closer!!!



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Nice looking shooter.
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Doc, we need a pic of this beauty side by side with your gunsite scout!!
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Doc, we need a pic of this beauty side by side with your gunsite scout!!


I'll remember to get that!
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