I'm really new to this forum and would really appreciate some input.
Althought I've owned several Marlins over the years, I've just recently caught the "bug" and bought an 1895 GS.
I'd like to do a little travelling and bear hunting and am thinking of having my 1895 converted to a Take-down model.
I've seen some nice photos on the web of conversions done by the Arms Room, (lee Hadaway) and was wondering if anyone was famiiar with his work.
I'd really appreciate any information anyone may be able to provide.
My gun is being sent out tomorrow morning to get the treatment from Lee. I will highly encourage you to reach out to him at the least and talk to him about it. The man is very knowledgeable and just a great person to talk to. I've seen pics from a gentlemen back in 2010 that had two of his guns done by Lee and they are amazing. Watch your wallet though as he talked me into getting the leather case to go with the rifle (He really didn't have to twist my arm as its a pretty nice damn case). Mr. Hadaway has agreed to take pictures during the transformation process as I wanted to do a descriptive write up on his work to get the word out there about him. I was only able to find out about his work by googling take down conversion and just stumbling upon a thread showing his work. PM me for pics of his work, but you would be better off just contacting him direct as he's good at getting back to you in a reasonable amount of time. I say this as I'm currently in Afghanistan and communicating with him on a daily basis. More of this story to follow when I do the write up in March.
Last edited by nobenz; 12-14-2011 at 11:52 PM. Reason: clarify
I like the idea, cant swing the funds right now But look forward to reading more here and seeing pics for sure...
Can you post ARMS Room contact info here please! Thanks - am interested too.
My take-down conversion on my 1985g consist of removing the stock and putting in a fitted case I built. Compact, easy to transport and above all total cost for everything was just under $60.00!
I have an 1894 in 44 mag that lee converted to a takedown. Really nice work. I don't care for the push button release too much, but I think he's changed the way you release the magazine on newer conversions.
Team 39 #36
Team Express #17
Team 35 #175
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I had a 1895 .405 Win take down,was a great looking and working rifle,my only complaint was that I had a receiver sight on it and every time you would take it down to clean it and put it back together and take it to the range to shoot the point of impact was different ,being that the receiver sight was on the back of the receiver and the blade was on the barrel,the would never align perfect,,remember.....1/1000 0f an inch can change your point of impact by 1" at 100yds.Pete
Takedown Lever Actions
His contact info can be found on the site.
My rifle will look similar to this (A Rilfe Lee has done), but will start out as a Marlin 1895SBL. As for Point of aim, I was a bit weary about this. However I planned to only use the ghost ring set up as a back up to a red dot sight mount scout scope style on the barrel. This removes the doubt that the aim will be off by any small fraction when breaking down the rifle and putting it back together.