I have been off on a Glock quest for a couple of years followed by a recent dip into the AR world…
About a week ago I watched a YouTube video by Hickok45 on the Browning 1886 45-70 and I have been thrown back into the 45-70 world, thankfully, lusting for an 1886 45-70 with a 26” octagon barrel!
I have two Marlin 45-70 1895s, one 22” from the 70s, and a ported Guide Gun. I love them both! However, that 1886 seems to be calling me!
Does anyone have any experience with the 1886? There seems to be two models that I know of, Winchester and Browning, both made in Miroku Japan. If you can find them, Winchesters are going for about $1000, Brownings, $1500 and up.
I am not aware of a Marlin model but I would be thrilled to find out Marlin made one.
I too think an 1886 .45-70 would be great. I just can't get past the made in Japan part though. I like my guns to be made in America, with the one exeption of my Savage .22 made in Canada.
I am thinking a Marlin 1895 Cowboy or one of the LTD models would look nice in your collection =)
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My calling in a lever gun is simple MARLIN, why I love to strip mine down every once in awhile and clean it and I love to clean from the rear only .The new model 1886's you can't,they need to be taken to a gunsmith who has some special tools to do it,I called Winchester on this about my feather weight and they said....the only way it can be stripped down like a Marlin is at the factory.The 1886 of old can be. Pete
I have both the marlin cowboy and browning 1886 in 45-70. both are fine rifles. the browning is a heavier gun which dampenes recoil quite a bit with heavy loads and i believe the action is a bit stronger. as for cleaning so far ive seen no reason to tear the 1886 apart for cleaning. both are very accurate rifles and to me its a toss up between the two.
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I have a Marlin 95 Cowdoy and a Miroku take down 86. Very different rifles. Yes the Marlin is nice in that can easily be disassemled.
I have to say that that 86 is just a great rifle. Yea I like stuff made in the US, but the quality of the 86 is just tremendous. The Marlin jammed right from the box, and
I have had to work on it myself. It is now a very smooth rifle, but the 86 is much more enjoyable to shoot with anything beyond trapdoor level loads.
I don't have an 1886 but I really do like the look of 'em, even if they are made in Japan.
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I have a Browning 1885 and it's a tack driver. Other than my 45-70 guide gun it's the only other rifle that goes hunting with me. Yes it's heavy but a small price to pay for the way it shoots. I shoot with a Williams peep sight.
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Last edited by Old 45-70; 04-29-2012 at 04:23 AM. Reason: typo on Browning model. Didn't have my glasses on!
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I love the look of the 1886.
I had a chance last year to buy one at a gun store - went in saw it, priced it, must be something wrong .... went back - GONE. I can kick myself.
I love my 1895G too though but would LOVE to have a Takedown 1886
There was 1 here for sale I thought recently that had been "Worked" on like cut down barrel or something.
maybe it is still here somewhere ....
Oh nevermind - that gun is just sold $600
it is on another different levergun site - not sure but probably not supposed to link to it
If I had an extra $600 I would have bought it
I def want a 1886 too - long hex barrel
Anyone who thinks the Japanese made Winchesters and Browning are inferior products is totally mis-informed. How many American made Brownings have you ever seen? European made firearms are highly respected for their quality and they are not American made so why are European firearms desirable and Japanese considered to be inferior? Those who condemn the Miroku products have never examined one or they are still living in the 20th century. Even back in the 20th century Browning firearms were considered to be of top quality and where were they made? Don't let prejudice limit your enjoyment of fine firearms.