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    New 45-70 owner...questions about 1894 vs 1895

    Ok. Somebody offered me a nice price on a (fairly) recent 1895 Marlin Guide gun (see photo below - maybe an 1895 ABL(?) with an MI M-Lok handguard), which I brought home this evening. I am also a long time owner of a JM 1894 CB in 45LC.

    My 1894 has some WWG mods on it - Alum follower, ejector, trigger kit, and big loop.

    I'm probably going to part with my JM 1894, but I'd like to move the WWG mods over to the 1895 (minus the big loop, since it already has one), BUT....I'm not enough of an old dog to know if the parts are interchangeable. Is it "Yup, no problem," "Um, maybe?" or "You idiot! You're risking your life!"

    Any of you wise gents able to offer knowledge here?

    marlin_45-70.jpg

    P.S. - By way of introduction, since this is my first post, I'm a vet (AF), nerd, ham, USPSA duffer, and former FFL. I guess the rest can just unfold over time

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    Welcome to MO from Vermont. Trigger is interchangeable as is the follower if your 1894 is 45 caliber. the ejector is not.
    I recommend you hang on to that 94.
    Hope your 95 came with the original with forearm. What is the serial number start with?
    Thank you for your service.
    Last edited by vt4ster; 07-23-2019 at 05:08 AM. Reason: typo
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    Welcome from New Mexico. I suggest that you keep the 1894, too.
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    Welcome Aboard Kogar and THANKS for your service
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    Quote Originally Posted by vt4ster View Post
    Welcome to MO from Vermont. Trigger is interchangeable as is the follower if your 1894 is 45 caliber. the ejector is not.
    Thank you for the info!


    I recommend you hang on to that 94.

    I'm actually offloading my 45LC toys - My '94 and a Cimarron Thunderball "bird's head". I just don't shoot 'em anymore, and I'm trying to sell off some safe queens (says the guy who just got a 45-70 LOL)


    Hope your 95 came with the original with forearm. What is the serial number start with?

    Sadly, no original forearm. SN starts with MR.


    Thank you for your service.

    You're welcome, but I never signed up to get thanks...like most young guys, I just thought I could leave home and do something cool (I did, but that's a story for another time )
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    I own the 1894CB in 357.
    It is new 2019 production, and I plan to install the goodies similar to yours.

    • RPP machined extractor claw
    • RPP loading gate
    • RPP trigger kit
    • Slick Mercantile stainless 1-pc firing pin.
    • Widder/Maurader carrier modification


    These are all reliability modifications, not short-stroking, etc.
    I shoot cowboy action, and want to avoid the Marlin jam.
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    Welcome from SW Ohio.

    Thanks for your service.

    I'm a ham too. There's several of us around, but our call signs usually don't get posted so as to maintain some measure of confidentiality with our posts and what fire arms we own. Unless you are private messaging, of course. Radio related topics seem better suited to the ham discussion boards.
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    welcome from upstate ny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIKayaker View Post
    Welcome from SW Ohio.

    I'm a ham too. There's several of us around, but our call signs usually don't get posted so as to maintain some measure of confidentiality with our posts and what fire arms we own. Unless you are private messaging, of course. Radio related topics seem better suited to the ham discussion boards.
    Well, if one creatively assesses my username, they might infer my callsign (I'm not too worried about somebody figuring out what firearms I own -- I was an FFL. There's about 500 people in my area that generally know what I own )

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    That is a really nice rifle, I like the way the forearm looks on it. I have one those on a 1895 Trapper.
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