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Well, I can finally post to this forum as an owner, since as of today, I got my first 45/70. It's a primo 1895GS that has never been fired and is a 2003 (I assume, serial number 936XXXX?). I have been looking in these parts for a couple of years, and in SC, they ain't real plentiful. Anyway, my buddy had this one and he bought it for hogs, but relied on another Marlin to do the dirty work, and so never shot this one. I am so pleased with this new beast! It shall look like a king next to the 30-30, the 35, the 375, and the 444.

Since I don't reload, should I just start with Leverevolutions until I am comfortable shooting it? 325 grains I assume?

Open sights at this time, but may see if I can find a good fixed power scope soon.

I will send pics when I get home!

Thanks folks!
 

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congrats on the new rifle
 

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Chowder,

Just be aware that the FTX/gummy nose/burger on the hoof Hornady brass is non standard in length.

That makes it impossible to hand load with some dies. The Hornady dies work fine, but buying FTX ammo would be for me an last ditch effort.

2X7 scope or 1.5X4 or 5 will all work OK on the 45/70.

Enjoy!!!!!!! Good gun and lots of good people and Info found here!

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Outstanding. Way to jump in with both feet because a Guide Gun is a real man's gun - American Walnut, Straight Stocked Shorty. Now it being a stainless model takes it to a new level. Welcome to the Guide Gun club. Shoot, reload, shoot some more: oh my are you in for a ride!

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Congrats!
 

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Congratulations on the find and buy. Hope you will post some nice pictures of your new Pearl. We all Love pictures of Marlins posted by Marlin Owners.

Enjoy the Journey
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Yes but...alas....no pics it ain't real....sayin...rifle porn or we don't believe you

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GREAT JOB ON THE RIFLE can
t wait to see the pics. I would also shy away from the gummy points if you are intending to reload
 

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Since I don't reload, should I just start with Leverevolutions until I am comfortable shooting it? 325 grains I assume?
He-he, will never forget when I made that statement............but I was even bolder by proclaiming I wasn't even interested in reloading. "Never say never" is now tattooed on my forehead!
 

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Nice gun and if you can find the time to shoot it you can find an hour per week to reload for it. Once set up you can load a lot of ammo in an hour. eh
 
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Chowder, congrats on the 45-70 and welcome to the fold. Now as to reloading, as you know you won't save money, but you will save headaches. More shooting for same money. I'd recommend the Remington 405 grain or 350 grain ammo, less wear and tear on your shoulder and on your Marlin. Save the brass for when you do start reloading for your Marlin. Take care, John.
 
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