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Old 03-16-2008, 06:45 PM
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I have been thinking of getting the 45-70 guide gun too. It seems to be the perfect brush gun from everything from hogs, bear, elk, moose, coyote and deer, right? I have a 30-30, but it lacks the power of the 45-70.
I just ordered a 1895XLR myself. I liked the idea of the shorter guide gun, but that cowboy-style stock didn't match up with my hands at all. If you have larger hands, you might want to get the pistol grip.
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:02 PM
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I have been thinking of getting the 45-70 guide gun too. It seems to be the perfect brush gun from everything from hogs, bear, elk, moose, coyoteand deer, right? I have a 30-30, but it lacks the power of the 45-70.
In my opinion, the 1895G doesn't get enough credit for being an accurate rifle. I'm comfortable with taking game from 25yds. to 200yds. with great accuracy. I have used mine for game from deer to grizzly without a failure of taking game. I use a 2.5 Leupold scout scope with Leupold QR rings along with a WWG large loop lever, aluminum magazine follower and WWG trigger. For open sights I use an XS ghost ring set-up. I use Hornady Leverevolution ammo for everything but grizzly and for them, Garrett's 540gr. Hammerheads+P. Try a guide gun, you'll like it.
How much of a difference does the WWG trigger make?? I really want a versatile brush gun, and this seems to be the answer. I probably don't need it, but I want it.
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Old 03-17-2008, 03:33 AM
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If I had to choose just one up-grade to do on any Marlin lever, it would be the trigger. These WWG triggers not only eliminates the old "Marlin trigger slop", but takesit from a 7lb. pull down to a 2.5lb. pull which really helps with accuracy.
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:40 AM
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Have you ever fooled around with a Marlin that had the factory trigger adjusted down?

Has anyone? How workable are they?

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Old 03-17-2008, 06:51 AM
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Yes, I have had a trigger job done on one Marlin I own by a gunsmith. The cost was almost the same as a WWG trigger. Personally, the WWG trigger is the way to go. You can do-it-yourself in less than 10 min. If you need help, I can give you directions.
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:59 AM
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Where do I find out some info on the WWG trigger?

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:13 AM
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Well Tom, for info try wild wests web site, they are in Anchorage, Alaska. To purchse one go www.midwayusa.com or www.brownells.com or www.cabelas.com They all sell them for the same price and shipping is about the same. Don't buy it from WWG or you'll wait forever to recieve it. I buy most of my stuff from Midway and they have fast shipping.
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Geez!!! I forgot to add www.wildwestguns.com
Just put WILD WEST in each websites search bar, that will show you all of their products.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:48 AM
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Thanks FA. I went to wildwestguns.com but couldn't find the parts listed for sale. I found the trigger and the lever loop I was looking for at Cabelas. Overall not bad and if it's as easy to install as you say would save me some smithing dollars.

I hear that dehorning the action will make it smoother. Are there any other changes that will make it smoother? (ie cycle easier)

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Old 03-17-2008, 04:51 PM
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You know Tom, quite honestly, I have never had any work done on any Marlins to make them smoother. An old trick is to use them for a while with no oil on them. This will clean up any rough spots in the action. I'm not sure I would spend the money for smoothing out the action. I would use that money to buy ammo with. On my 45-70, I did a bunch of up-grades, but only because I was hunting grizzly with it. I couldn't afford any malfunctions or mistakes. If you are going to use your "G" just for deer, I would only do the trigger job.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:05 PM
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Funny I came across this post today. I was just out shooting my 1894 Cowboy in .44 mag and was having a blast. The action on this rifle is nice and slick. As is the on on my 1895 Guide Gun. I recently put a compact 4X scope on it and I use this rifle alot, especially for black bear. I've been eyeing up a Marlin 45-70 Cowboy rifle at my local gun shop for a couple of weeks now and may just grab it. Here is a pic of my Guide Gun.


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