Today I bought at a local gun show an 1895 45-70 cowboy at a little over half the going rate. It isn't perfect, but I'm going to have to drill and tap the top tang for a sight anyway. The gun has a sling swivel stud screwed into the forend cap and one in the bullseye of the buttstock. Are the bullseyes replaceable and where would I find a new forend cap? The serial number starts with a 92 so I suppose that makes it a 2008. It has a JM proofmark on the barrel. Dennis
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The gunsmithing forum is a good place to start any project on your Marlin. Take some pictures now and as you work on it. I know I sure like to read the articles done by the members here. Good luck with it.
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Some of the factory fore end caps had sling studs, is yours an add on? The bullseye is available from Brownell's. I just received 4 new ones this past week.
Thanks for the info. It appears this forend cap is factory with a sling swivel stud. Will have to find a forend cap without stud. It would appear that the round barrel and octagon both use the same cap.
Hey there blackbird -- Actually they don't. You can modify a round one to fit an octagonal barrel. There will be gaps if you go the other way around. You might head down to the classifieds and offer to trade yours for a stud-less one and see what turns up. Best regards. Wind
Wind is correct of course. The octagon barrels are narrower than round barrels. If it is a 2008 it didn't come stock with a sling stud in the cap.
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