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Thread: New 45-70 1895 SBL - have one on order



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    New 45-70 1895 SBL - have one on order

    this is her:
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    Then I have been reading about the quality control issues. Is this one going to be ok. My first rifle EVER. I have 22's and a Marine 12 guage shot gun, but that's it.

    Thanks Jer

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    There are signs of improved quality here on the forum but I have yet to personally see them. That is not to say they are all bad, just that I have not personally seen an Ilion rifle that I think is up to snuff yet.

    My one concern I have in your case is being in Canada. Unless things have changed, the warranty does not extend beyond the USA. Can you refuse to accept the rifle if it does not meet your standards? If so, then I say by all means wait and see what you get.

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    I have one that I bought this fall. fit and finish is certainly not great, but it isn't horrible either. The factory ammo that I've put through it has shot fine, but I haven't tried much factory. On reloads that I've done, I can't go out to the max OAL that is listed in the books. Other than that, great gun.
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    Jer, it's a crap shoot and I wish you the best of luck bud. I hope your not disapointed as many here have been with the new ones.
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    I think you'll be ok. I always get the new gun jitters before i take it to the range. Worse comes to worse it'll be under warrenty. If theres any problem ship it back. If I was gonna buy one id buy either a used one or new old stock off gunbroker

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    Recent review on the forum have said that alot of the problems are fixed. Best of luck and enjoy shooting it. It looks great.
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    Well I guess it's a wait and see thing now.....So I heard too that the hornady fextips arent the greatest for hunting because of what they do to the meat.....any of you experience this? just want to play with the 250 and 325 loads to get used to it first and then find a load for hunting...again....I won't be shooting it lots for hunting..open sights from about 75 yards and in (if I can get closer I will use the bow accept on these friggin bison of course wink wink)...I can get close. So then the kick isn't anything that I would be worried about because the 12 guage does plenty of that with 3" slugs.

    Thanks again for your input....jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Chaps View Post
    There are signs of improved quality here on the forum but I have yet to personally see them. That is not to say they are all bad, just that I have not personally seen an Ilion rifle that I think is up to snuff yet.

    My one concern I have in your case is being in Canada. Unless things have changed, the warranty does not extend beyond the USA. Can you refuse to accept the rifle if it does not meet your standards? If so, then I say by all means wait and see what you get.
    Warranty does extend into Canada. The issue is that all warranty work must be sent to:

    Canadian Repairs:
    The Gravel Agency
    1530 Provinciale Street
    Quebec, Qc, G1N 4A2
    Phone #: 866-662-4869
    Fax #: 4186823343

    which means you won't be able to have Ms. Emily Albright (@Marlin Repairs - New York) assist making sure things get fixed right.

    Good Luck - I hope you get a good one.
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    I just bought a new 1895gs, and I'm a machinist by trade. My sights are square, everything looks great finish wise. The only thing that I've noticed is the inside edge of my loading gate cut out is a little sharp. Nothing a little deburring can't fix, but not what I would expect from a rifle at this price. It shoots great and looks great, so I'm a happy customer.
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