When I became discouraged with the fact that my new marlin shoots to the left, I put a straight edge down each side of the upper receiver and it appears that the barrel is canted to the left. Also using a square on both sides of the receiver it appears that the scope rail is off center to the left as well. today I took out my older 1895 cowboy and performed a similar test. The barrel on it actually seems to point even farther to the left. Additionally the bevel on the top of the receiver is wider on the right side. I am intersted to see if all of the 1895s are that way. Maybe the receivers are not milled square along the length with each end being the same diameter. I do know that my cowboy is a nice shooting rifle. So if anyone wants to do similar measurements on their 1895 and share your results I would appreciate it.