Just yesterday I sighted in my son's Classic Model 1895 using the 325-grain "gummy tips". His rifle has the stock Marlin recoil pad. Shot 10 rounds, I think. Oh, ya know yer shootin' but it ain't too bad. On MY Classic 1895 I've installed a grind-to-fit Limbsaver pad. I shoot handloads in my rifle. My pet loads are a 405-grain cast and a 400-grain JSP, both with a MV of 1,800 fps. They recoil a bit more than the Hornady Leverevolution rounds, so I'm glad I put the Limbsaver on my rifle.