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October 23, 2008

A Mighty Mini Marlin

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

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A number of you have asked if I have a fixation on Ms. Elisha Cuthbert. The answer is yes, but just to show that I’m not weird about it or anything, here is a photo of Ms. Megan Fox, and my thanks to Nate Matthews for finding her, as it were.

But I digress. Marlin has interesting new stuff for 09, including new walnut and laminated stocks for the wonderful, and bargain-priced, XL-7 centerfire rifle. For $300 and change (Cabela’s has sold it for below $300) this gun is beyond belief.

For you lever-gun lovers who yearned for something just a tad more powerful than the .308 Marlin, there is now a .338 Marlin Express, loaded with a 200-grain bullet at 2,565 fps. It is not the ballistic equal of the .338 Win Mag. or the new Ruger short magnum of that caliber, but it is a thumper, and a serious step up in power.

What grabbed me, though was the Marlin Model 1895SBL. The company has taken note of all the hot-rodded Guide Guns out there and decided to build one of their own. It’s .45/70, all stainless steel, laminated stock, heavy 18.5-inch barrel, an enlarged loop lever, a 5-shot half-magazine, and instead of the usual horrible factory sights, it’s been fitted with the XS Ghost Ring sight system. This consists of a big white post up front and a huge, adjustable-aperture rear. You look through it and the aperture seems to vanish. It’s very fast to use. There is a long rail mount that let you use long-eye-relief scopes or standard scopes.

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I think Marlin is going to be back-ordered on these for years. It is an altogether nifty little beast, and all the gun writers rushed to grope it. The two samples they had at the range were extremely slick in operation; I don’t know if they had been tuned or not. It’s possible that, in the future, Marlin may establish its own custom shop, where you can get not only special working guns like this, but fancy ones as well. Many years ago, Marlin offered all sorts of grades with fancy wood and checkering, and engraving and inlaying. It would be nice to see that come back.

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

To Bella,I considered your last comments "vague, coarse, and stupid".Thank you for being a little more clearer on why you stand where you stand. Yes my mind is made up..and i do still disagree with you. But thats fine. This is America and we are allowed to disagree.I wish i could be more politically active. Beyond just voting. However as a fulltime college student besides work which combined amounts to about a 60 hr a week work load. Not much time:-) Congrats on getting involved in the system.

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella-Your ramblings and rantings are soall over the map, I don't know where to start to answer you, so Iwill only say: Enjoy the Kool-Ade,and if ossama and obiden win, knowthat you helped bring about thisdisaster. Cast another spell, dearmaybe it will keep you from wasting space on the blog.

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from LeRoy in FL wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

I'm happy you're old enoungh to remember witch hunts, before my time. Your 143 day old sen. is a liberal socialist who wishes to "spread the wealth".

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Gee I thought I had been quite clear and specific. Hokay, if you want me to list my other discomforts with her and what my sources are I will.I don't think rape victims should have to pay to have the evidence collected to identify the perp. SP cut funding for rape kits when she was mayor of Wasilla because of the "morning after" pill in the standard kit. What? Are women expected to carry Any baby to term? Even those forced on them? I don't like people who sexually abuse other people, regardless of gender.I can't see how she can make fun of fruit fly based genetic research and support research on crabs. The work done on Drossophilia is the basis of most of the progress gained in the study of DNA. But genetics are the key to evolution, and she doesn't believe in that unless it is convenient.I think her defense strategy regarding the criticism she has faced over her new 150,000 wardrobe sounds a lot like Ted Stevens defense versus his recent conviction on corruption charges. I can't even imagine spending 150,000 on CLOTHES. If I had that much money I would have better things to do with it. (and I DO shop in thrift shops.)Then there is the abuse of power issue. We have just had 8 years of power abusers. This is a "Caesers wife" issue, even the possibility of having someone in office who would use the power given for personal vendettas should be considered anathema. You say she is a sportswoman...Does she fish? What other outdoor sports does she practice? In Alaska snowmobiling scarcely counts as sport when it is how you get around in winter.I also don't like that she belongs to a church where they invite witch burners and take them serously! The Craft is just as valid a religion as Methodism and has been around a lot longer. Religious freedom is not just for fundies. As I have said before, I come from New England and we remember how the witch trials worked out. Badly! How much federal funds will she waste on Witch hunts?You may want to consider my opinions "vague, coarse and stupid". I understand. You don't want to hear it, your mind is made up, as is mine. I think I have been quite specific and I certainly haven't stooped to some of the foul verbiage I have heard come out of SP's mouth. Stuff like "pals around with terrorists, socialist, muslim, elitist" etc. All grossly false and intended to get a rise out of the bigoted and ignorent. Call me a small minded nit picker, I been called worse.I don't get my information from Obama Headquarters, I get it from Drudge and other internet sources. as well as tv and radio. I also always walk my talk. I am going to Obama headquarters tomorrow to help where I can so as to put this all to rest on Tuesday. Have you gone and worked for Mcain today? Go, do it yourself, if you want your man to win. We may all be sons and daughters of Cain, but I want someone Abel in the oval office, and while I don't like Every thing about Obama, he is for me the best choice.

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella-Sorry ma'am, didn't realize you were female. Your confusion on Sara Palin sounds like you have some sort of identity crisis or some sort of jealosy working in your tiny little soul. As for who helped with the moose, Who cares?Except another small minded nit picker.INHO, she is a lot more on the issues than either obiden or osama, but I would like to know how you get these updates from her campaign staff?Oh, and about the polar bears-according to experts who are not in the tank for algore and the global warming nuts, they are on the increase, and the polar ice caps are growing.

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from LeRoy in FL wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella,Your slam on Sarah Palin; I sense a wee bit of jealously.

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella,LOL, this is the wrong blog to start slamming Sarah Palin. Shes an avid outdoorswoman and member of the NRA.And would you please list some real reasons why you dont like her. Other than the vague, stupid, and coarse slams you have blurted so far?O and as far as your reasons pertaining to her couple interviews where she didnt do so well. . . . Senator Biden has had plenty of his own bad slipups in interviews...and hes supposed to be good at that stuff!They just dont get played because the Obamas campaign has most of the medias unquestioned blessing.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

She is confused in that she thinks looking over at Big Diomede island constitutes foreign experience. She is confused in that she says that "Polar bears are evolving into Land bears" (except that she doesn't believe in evolution unless it suits the campaign to do so)and I'd like to know who the other two people were who helped her take that moose. After all. anybody can SHOOT a moose, it takes two more people to actually get the meat out of the woods in Alaska. Unless she is capable of humping 500lbs of meat herself while keeping the bears off. It don't count if you leave the carcass for bear food. Her own campaign staff is bitching about her 'cause she can't stay on script and they are stunned at her ignorence of issues.As far as wanting to oogle old Dave, you aint tryin' to turn me into one of them lesbos are you? Heck I ain't confused, I is female and my hubby looks more like Santa Claus every day. Why shouldn't I want to behold the head Gun Nuts manly bod? True, we might wanna get him a Speedo first (I'd never force anybody into one of them thongs) and he should get to choose which gun he wants to pose with. I saw him on the History channel and I though he was a good lookin feller. You be careful, you might hurt his feelings!

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Why, exactly, Bella do you think Sara Palin is confused? From all Ihave heard, she has got her head and heart in the right place. Also, the media hates her, so she cannot be all bad. Looks pretty good for a lady with five childrenand kills her own moose. Whats not to like?Sounds to me like the confusion lies in the mind of anyone who would want to see DEP in his BVDs.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

This gun is waaay cooler than poor confused Sarah. I don't want one though. As far as pictures of pretty girls in their undies goes, it don't move me. How about a pic of DAVE in his BVDs, after all what goes around comes around and don't you want us wimmins all excited to buy guns too? Some of us Like grizzled old bears much more than little girls young enough to be our daughters.

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from Ryan wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

I'm gonna sell my bolt action browning and get a lever gun anyway. Ive never taken a shot longer than 60 yards and it get so dang humid down here my scope fogs anyway. I'm tired of kicking up bucks and not finding the scope. I could make better use of a lever gun. Where I hunt, you need to anchor deer fast or at least leave a good blood trail and you can't see farther than you can throw a rock.45-70 fits the bill.PS to all you fancy handloaders. The stock remington 405 grainers kick less than a 30-06. The high dollar hornady's and such kick twice as hard and the deer doesn't give a damn if his heard and lungs are ripped out by a projectile traveling at 1350 fps or 2100......Then again, all you range dorks need to get a 2 inch group as opposed to 2.5........

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from jes wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Have to admit, Dave, those are some nice thumpers...I don't know about the "spin around", but almost anything else would be fine....glad to see their still making 'em that nice! Yeah.....all of 'em!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The only thing better would be bumping into Megan Fox naked.

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from Will wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Here is the thing: a large lever is great for gloved hands, and ghost rings sights are great for hardwoods hunting. With a good fixed power scope and the right ammo, you could virtually hunt any big game you cared to. The only thing better would be hunting with said gun and bumping into Megan Fox in the woods with an identical gun. That is cool!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Clay, congatulations on the muzzleloading buck! Ours opens Nov. 1st and the limit is 3 does per day plus 3 bucks per season. Got my Knight right and can't wait now that the temperatures have dropped.

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks Jim. I did a little research myself but could only find the ones from Wild West Guns that were about $150... Which seems a little steep to me for a lever. The whole gun was about $400 when I got it.

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nice to see your not discrimitory Dave..LOL. I really like the gun:-) goes to show why Marlins still making Levers.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Marlin has another WINNER! A .356 win caliber in this design would be sweet!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Carney,Numrich sells a large lever called Riflemans lever for $81.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a 30-30 Marlin I made my own Ghost ring sight for, works great. And I agree, that rail looks horrible on that gun.Who's bright idea was that?

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Ha! Maybe Marlin could call it the "1895 Sarah Palin Edition". What a hoot!Sorry about the double post above... I thought I lost the data and re-entered it, but it had already posted...

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from The Goat wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

who wants to or cares about baby formula....Who was that jug head. i will buy that 45/70 asap. Bout time a sweet 45/70 lever come out, and i love the hoop lever. John Wayne had one too( god i miss him). And it Saraha Palin for sure.Talk about knock down power, ya caint beat a 45/70

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from Michael wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave, you failed to mention any price for this rifle. However,if there is some way to get that damned ugly rail off the gun I will put my order in for one.That is a close range, fast shooting, wad of firepower.bout time.

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The XL-7 is $300.The price tag on the girl in her underwear is certainly way too high in more ways than one...So what is the price on the 45-70?Just this past Monday I was out in the field and couldn't get my mittened hands into the lever of my 1895 and thought then about the Wild West Guns offerings of customized 1895's. Maybe there's someone out there that sells after market Chuck Connors Levers?

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The XL-7 is $300.The price tag on the girl in her underwear is certainly way too high in more ways than one...So what is the price on the 45-70?Just this past Monday I couldn't get my mittened hands into the lever of my 1895 and thought then about the Wild West Guns offerings of customized 1895's. Maybe there's someone out there that sells after market Chuck Connors Levers?

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from Scott in Southern Illinois wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Outstanding picture, Dave. Remarkable woman there. However, the Marlin just doesn't get me like the '94. Maybe it's the rail or the laminated stock...don't know. I have a '94 in .30-30 and will keep it till Hell freezes over. Getting ready to sell the AR-15 to a deserving person. I'm getting a really nice scope for a bolt action of mine that completely deserves it. Keep up the good work, and, we're all counting on you.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I do not understand the need for the cross bolt safety. With the hammer on half pull (actually about 1/8 pull) it is on safe, a blow to the hammer won't cause the rifle to discharge.I couldn't use the 'c' word, spam filter blocked it. Damn spammers.

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a standard lever on my 336 in .35 Rem, and a large loop on my Winchester 94 .30-30. You can barely get a gloved hand into the loop on the Marlin. I see no benefit to the small loop and plenty for the big ones. Big loops all the way.

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nameless-No, I don't have lady sized hands,but I don't have hams on the end of my arms, either. Never have hadany trouble operating a standard lever on my 94s or 92.Still think that rail is an uglymonstrosity, and would eat a hole in a saddle scabbard. Still don't like cross-bolt safties, and will express my displeasure by not buying anything so equipped. (Remember the ill conceived and short lived Remington locking bolts?) Never have nor never will like that Marlin side eject. None of my top ejectors has thrown hot brass down my collar.I really do like Megan Fox, though, almost as much as Sarah Palin.

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from OrangeNeckInNY wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Okay, I'm back. I just happened to click your link by accident and who do I see on the page?? Megan Fox. Scha-WIIINNNNGGGG!! You won me back over, Dave.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Been surfin' sites and find it completely mind boggling that nearly every one of your entries has more replies than "Sports Afield" and "Outdoor Life's" complete blog roll replies combined. You have the knowledge, experience and over the top sarcasm that excites the mind and makes men think while having fun...

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from steve ferber wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave...I'm shocked. appalled, surprised. bewildered and not happy to have pulled up your blog today to see one of MY Megan's outtake photos on your pages! I have no idea how the shot reached out there after my photo shooting session for "Gift and Underwear Review".She's been with me now for weeks gloating over me, my guns and prose...while attending very well, too, I might say, to the other needs and chores around here.Have no idea how the shot got there...never trust electrons or anythong else you can't see or hold in your hands. She says 'hi' to you by the way.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'm a lefty and I still want one!

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Posted by crm "+ Stainless and laminate+ .45-70 caliber+ Fast aquisition with apature sights.- That monstorous ugly rail.- Cross-bolt safety. (Who needs itbesides a lawyer?)- The Chuck Conners lever.- Marlin side eject. This is a real detraction for left handed shooters.- The two new calibers don't sound like they will thump anything any better than the .375Winchester I already own and knowwhat it will thump with either 200or 250 gr. soft points.Negatives out weigh the positives,but Ms. Megan Fox is a positive inanybody's book!"Well in my book, stainless & laminate: perfect for bad weather.Ghost ring & rail: definate positive easy acquistion of targetcross bolt safety: As much as we complain, its not going to go awayThe oversize lever: Apparently you have lady hands, mine dont fit in a standard marlin lever.Marlin side eject: love it, keeps the hot brass of the back of the neck.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Helen Mirren! Arf Arf... Now here's an older woman who still had it going on.

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Did not work the first time trying again!http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/beauties/5895/

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

How about a clessy Brit and older woman? Helen Mirren.image

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Megan Fox!! Arf Arf

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

+ Stainless and laminate+ .45-70 caliber+ Fast aquisition with apature sights.- That monstorous ugly rail.- Cross-bolt safety. (Who needs itbesides a lawyer?)- The Chuck Conners lever.- Marlin side eject. This is a real detraction for left handed shooters.- The two new calibers don't sound like they will thump anything any better than the .375Winchester I already own and knowwhat it will thump with either 200or 250 gr. soft points.Negatives out weigh the positives,but Ms. Megan Fox is a positive inanybody's book!

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from KM wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

It looks like Megan knows how to make a bed....

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

VaTxHunter thanks for the spam alert, glad I didn't go there. Sporting wood? That's a new one on me but the point is certainly clear...As far as the Marlin lever actions I have never owned one but I have three friends who are brothers and their dad got them all 336's I think, 30-30 of course with a gold trigger. This was probably late seventies early eighties and I have hunted with all three as I was the only one of our group without a centerfire rifle. Showed up in camp with an Ithaca Deerslayer and they laughed their asses off at "the Yankee with a shotgun". Anyway I have found the 336's to be superior in function and accuracy and with the ability to mount a scope. The wood on these were not what Winchester was producing nor was the fit and finish but they did the job they were designed for immaculately.

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from TommyNash wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

About eight or so years back I bought a Marlin 1895SS in .45/70 for no other reason than every American should own such a caliber. Blued, not stainless, but the 18 1/2 barrel and open sights shoot like a dream....tons of fun as well.

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from VaTx Hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a Marlin in 30-30 & 45-70.Love em and Dave your articale has me sporting wood for the new 45-70 and Megan.

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from VaTx Hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Edgar @ OpposingViews.comNo Thanks for your Spam

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from DavidS wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

nice gun but i do not like the big ugly rail mount. they should have made it at least the same color as the rest of the gun, so it wouldnt stand out like a sore thumb. the one thing missing is a muzzle brake. if you have shot very many full power (1800 + fps) 400 grainers, you know what i mean. the large lever loop is a wash to me. but the aperature sight is nice. and for my money, Sarah Palin is hot! she may not be as hot as some of these 18 year old pin up girls, but once you hit 50, those little cuties are in the same age bracket as your kids. the 338 marlin sounds interesting. i will have to do some research on it. thanks dave!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

For reasons that I will not boar you with I have always prefered Marlin lever guns over Winchesters. Two of the more interesting ones I have yearned to own include a friend's Model 93 which he inherited from his grandfather. It is chambered in .38-55, has a half magazine, an octagon barrel, receiver is fully engraved, and drop dead gorgeous wood with a curved steel buttplate. After careful examination I felt that it was all factory original. My friend thought his grandfather personally ordered it in the early part of the previous century. Another acquaintance has a Model 410 which is exactly that. A level action 410 shotgun with a 26 inch smoothbore barrel. We once tried shooting doves with it and as you would expect were not very successful. I am certain that these new Marlins will live up to our expectations but I sure wish you could still get one like the old guys ordered.

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from Dan R. wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Jim in Mo.: glad I'm not the only one who thought of Chuck Connors when I saw that loop. Brings back good memories. No doubt that is one cool gun, but cool as Sarah Palin??? The jury's still out on that one...

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave quit bowing to public pressure and keep Elisha as your trademark pin up model. She is well deserving of the title, and to be perfectly honest I am ashamed that you have a non-blond as a sordid substitute...

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from dinfos wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have absolutely no use for a .45/70, but, for some reason, I still really want one. Way to go, Marlin.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a Marlin 336 chambered for .35 Rem. I don't know why I've always wanted one in 45-70 but I do.

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks Dave. Now all I can think about is a lever gun from Marlin's custom shop with Ms. Fox carved on the stock and a Ms. Cuthbert inlay on the grip. Now squeeze.

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from Robert wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I get the feeling that the big lever loop is for easy operating while wearing heavy winter gloves or if you have to grab it and cycle a round quickly. I can imagine both are important when hunting in places like Alaska, where there are cold temps early in the year and lots of cranky animals.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

dartwick,Damn son, when your done shootin' ya need that big lever to spin it around like Chuck Conners used to do.

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from dartwick wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Its good to see a tricked out factory Marlin.But what is the attraction of the huge hoop lever?As a kid I put a lot of rounds through a 1894 and it seems that the big hoop would just slow you down when cycling the action.

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from Edgar wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hello. My name is Edgar and I'm an editor at OpposingViews.com, the debate website. Since we both cover gun issues, I thought I'd drop you a note. I would've e-mailed you but I couldn't find an address.See, we're currently having a discussion about whether or not formula feeding harms babies. You can see it here:http://www.opposingviews.com/questions/does-owning-a-gun-make-you-saferAlthough vetted experts are the ones doing the debating, anyone can contribute by choosing a side and posting comments about the experts' arguments.Check it out and, if you have the time, let me know what you think at eacosta@opposingviews.comThanks!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Yeah the tactical rails to me take away a little from the aesthetics. Ghost rings perform many tasks incredibly... fast target acquisition, ability to hold on a moving target and occasionally interchangeable apertures... the A-5 my dad hunted deer with in a shotgun only state has a Williams peep sight.Invest now in Marlin XL's & XS's you know they'll be $450 soon... .308 if you believe the apocalypse is near.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

How can I get on a list for one of these? It is on my short list this year for sure!!!!!!!!!!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nice! Except for that rail. Glad they left out the porting. Next comes the vacuum deposited corrosion resistant finish ....

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

You were wrong, Dave; that Marlin isn't as cool as Sarah Palin. But it IS cool enough. If they make a takedown version, it's be America's best second rifle. Use your scoped .30-06, .270, etc. for most of your hunting, and anything they can't do, this .45-70 can. The rail might chew up a scabbard. It would seem to me that a red dot or a holosight would be what you'd want on a rifle like this, yet the reviewers (guys like you) usually mount a 4.5 x 16 so you can shoot groups with it. What do you think of holosights? I read about them but have never used one. Are they better than an Accupoint red dot (like the one on my .30-30)?

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from SL wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I hope that long rail mount isn't permanently affixed to the gun? I can't think of anything more worthless than the "scout" rifle design.

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from jstreet wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hmmm....a tactical lever gun.Jim

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from KJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'm referring to the .45-70; Megan Fox looks sweet, too.

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from KJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Sweet!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Now your talking. No need for that rail mount, heavy woods gun it is.

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from Teak Phillips wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

That 1895 SBL does sound like a nice gun. I've been in the market for a lever-action brush gun, and perhaps this one is worth the wait. Did you write a review on it for the magazine?

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The XL-7 is $300.The price tag on the girl in her underwear is certainly way too high in more ways than one...So what is the price on the 45-70?Just this past Monday I was out in the field and couldn't get my mittened hands into the lever of my 1895 and thought then about the Wild West Guns offerings of customized 1895's. Maybe there's someone out there that sells after market Chuck Connors Levers?

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

To Bella,I considered your last comments "vague, coarse, and stupid".Thank you for being a little more clearer on why you stand where you stand. Yes my mind is made up..and i do still disagree with you. But thats fine. This is America and we are allowed to disagree.I wish i could be more politically active. Beyond just voting. However as a fulltime college student besides work which combined amounts to about a 60 hr a week work load. Not much time:-) Congrats on getting involved in the system.

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella-Your ramblings and rantings are soall over the map, I don't know where to start to answer you, so Iwill only say: Enjoy the Kool-Ade,and if ossama and obiden win, knowthat you helped bring about thisdisaster. Cast another spell, dearmaybe it will keep you from wasting space on the blog.

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from LeRoy in FL wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

I'm happy you're old enoungh to remember witch hunts, before my time. Your 143 day old sen. is a liberal socialist who wishes to "spread the wealth".

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella-Sorry ma'am, didn't realize you were female. Your confusion on Sara Palin sounds like you have some sort of identity crisis or some sort of jealosy working in your tiny little soul. As for who helped with the moose, Who cares?Except another small minded nit picker.INHO, she is a lot more on the issues than either obiden or osama, but I would like to know how you get these updates from her campaign staff?Oh, and about the polar bears-according to experts who are not in the tank for algore and the global warming nuts, they are on the increase, and the polar ice caps are growing.

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from LeRoy in FL wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella,Your slam on Sarah Palin; I sense a wee bit of jealously.

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Bella,LOL, this is the wrong blog to start slamming Sarah Palin. Shes an avid outdoorswoman and member of the NRA.And would you please list some real reasons why you dont like her. Other than the vague, stupid, and coarse slams you have blurted so far?O and as far as your reasons pertaining to her couple interviews where she didnt do so well. . . . Senator Biden has had plenty of his own bad slipups in interviews...and hes supposed to be good at that stuff!They just dont get played because the Obamas campaign has most of the medias unquestioned blessing.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

She is confused in that she thinks looking over at Big Diomede island constitutes foreign experience. She is confused in that she says that "Polar bears are evolving into Land bears" (except that she doesn't believe in evolution unless it suits the campaign to do so)and I'd like to know who the other two people were who helped her take that moose. After all. anybody can SHOOT a moose, it takes two more people to actually get the meat out of the woods in Alaska. Unless she is capable of humping 500lbs of meat herself while keeping the bears off. It don't count if you leave the carcass for bear food. Her own campaign staff is bitching about her 'cause she can't stay on script and they are stunned at her ignorence of issues.As far as wanting to oogle old Dave, you aint tryin' to turn me into one of them lesbos are you? Heck I ain't confused, I is female and my hubby looks more like Santa Claus every day. Why shouldn't I want to behold the head Gun Nuts manly bod? True, we might wanna get him a Speedo first (I'd never force anybody into one of them thongs) and he should get to choose which gun he wants to pose with. I saw him on the History channel and I though he was a good lookin feller. You be careful, you might hurt his feelings!

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Why, exactly, Bella do you think Sara Palin is confused? From all Ihave heard, she has got her head and heart in the right place. Also, the media hates her, so she cannot be all bad. Looks pretty good for a lady with five childrenand kills her own moose. Whats not to like?Sounds to me like the confusion lies in the mind of anyone who would want to see DEP in his BVDs.

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

This gun is waaay cooler than poor confused Sarah. I don't want one though. As far as pictures of pretty girls in their undies goes, it don't move me. How about a pic of DAVE in his BVDs, after all what goes around comes around and don't you want us wimmins all excited to buy guns too? Some of us Like grizzled old bears much more than little girls young enough to be our daughters.

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from Ryan wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

I'm gonna sell my bolt action browning and get a lever gun anyway. Ive never taken a shot longer than 60 yards and it get so dang humid down here my scope fogs anyway. I'm tired of kicking up bucks and not finding the scope. I could make better use of a lever gun. Where I hunt, you need to anchor deer fast or at least leave a good blood trail and you can't see farther than you can throw a rock.45-70 fits the bill.PS to all you fancy handloaders. The stock remington 405 grainers kick less than a 30-06. The high dollar hornady's and such kick twice as hard and the deer doesn't give a damn if his heard and lungs are ripped out by a projectile traveling at 1350 fps or 2100......Then again, all you range dorks need to get a 2 inch group as opposed to 2.5........

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from jes wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Have to admit, Dave, those are some nice thumpers...I don't know about the "spin around", but almost anything else would be fine....glad to see their still making 'em that nice! Yeah.....all of 'em!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The only thing better would be bumping into Megan Fox naked.

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from Will wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Here is the thing: a large lever is great for gloved hands, and ghost rings sights are great for hardwoods hunting. With a good fixed power scope and the right ammo, you could virtually hunt any big game you cared to. The only thing better would be hunting with said gun and bumping into Megan Fox in the woods with an identical gun. That is cool!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Clay, congatulations on the muzzleloading buck! Ours opens Nov. 1st and the limit is 3 does per day plus 3 bucks per season. Got my Knight right and can't wait now that the temperatures have dropped.

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks Jim. I did a little research myself but could only find the ones from Wild West Guns that were about $150... Which seems a little steep to me for a lever. The whole gun was about $400 when I got it.

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from Peter H. wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nice to see your not discrimitory Dave..LOL. I really like the gun:-) goes to show why Marlins still making Levers.

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from Ralph the Rifleman wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Marlin has another WINNER! A .356 win caliber in this design would be sweet!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Carney,Numrich sells a large lever called Riflemans lever for $81.

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from Zermoid wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a 30-30 Marlin I made my own Ghost ring sight for, works great. And I agree, that rail looks horrible on that gun.Who's bright idea was that?

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Ha! Maybe Marlin could call it the "1895 Sarah Palin Edition". What a hoot!Sorry about the double post above... I thought I lost the data and re-entered it, but it had already posted...

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from The Goat wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

who wants to or cares about baby formula....Who was that jug head. i will buy that 45/70 asap. Bout time a sweet 45/70 lever come out, and i love the hoop lever. John Wayne had one too( god i miss him). And it Saraha Palin for sure.Talk about knock down power, ya caint beat a 45/70

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from Michael wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave, you failed to mention any price for this rifle. However,if there is some way to get that damned ugly rail off the gun I will put my order in for one.That is a close range, fast shooting, wad of firepower.bout time.

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from Carney wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

The XL-7 is $300.The price tag on the girl in her underwear is certainly way too high in more ways than one...So what is the price on the 45-70?Just this past Monday I couldn't get my mittened hands into the lever of my 1895 and thought then about the Wild West Guns offerings of customized 1895's. Maybe there's someone out there that sells after market Chuck Connors Levers?

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from Scott in Southern Illinois wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Outstanding picture, Dave. Remarkable woman there. However, the Marlin just doesn't get me like the '94. Maybe it's the rail or the laminated stock...don't know. I have a '94 in .30-30 and will keep it till Hell freezes over. Getting ready to sell the AR-15 to a deserving person. I'm getting a really nice scope for a bolt action of mine that completely deserves it. Keep up the good work, and, we're all counting on you.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I do not understand the need for the cross bolt safety. With the hammer on half pull (actually about 1/8 pull) it is on safe, a blow to the hammer won't cause the rifle to discharge.I couldn't use the 'c' word, spam filter blocked it. Damn spammers.

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a standard lever on my 336 in .35 Rem, and a large loop on my Winchester 94 .30-30. You can barely get a gloved hand into the loop on the Marlin. I see no benefit to the small loop and plenty for the big ones. Big loops all the way.

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nameless-No, I don't have lady sized hands,but I don't have hams on the end of my arms, either. Never have hadany trouble operating a standard lever on my 94s or 92.Still think that rail is an uglymonstrosity, and would eat a hole in a saddle scabbard. Still don't like cross-bolt safties, and will express my displeasure by not buying anything so equipped. (Remember the ill conceived and short lived Remington locking bolts?) Never have nor never will like that Marlin side eject. None of my top ejectors has thrown hot brass down my collar.I really do like Megan Fox, though, almost as much as Sarah Palin.

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from OrangeNeckInNY wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Okay, I'm back. I just happened to click your link by accident and who do I see on the page?? Megan Fox. Scha-WIIINNNNGGGG!! You won me back over, Dave.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Been surfin' sites and find it completely mind boggling that nearly every one of your entries has more replies than "Sports Afield" and "Outdoor Life's" complete blog roll replies combined. You have the knowledge, experience and over the top sarcasm that excites the mind and makes men think while having fun...

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from steve ferber wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave...I'm shocked. appalled, surprised. bewildered and not happy to have pulled up your blog today to see one of MY Megan's outtake photos on your pages! I have no idea how the shot reached out there after my photo shooting session for "Gift and Underwear Review".She's been with me now for weeks gloating over me, my guns and prose...while attending very well, too, I might say, to the other needs and chores around here.Have no idea how the shot got there...never trust electrons or anythong else you can't see or hold in your hands. She says 'hi' to you by the way.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'm a lefty and I still want one!

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from Visitor wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Posted by crm "+ Stainless and laminate+ .45-70 caliber+ Fast aquisition with apature sights.- That monstorous ugly rail.- Cross-bolt safety. (Who needs itbesides a lawyer?)- The Chuck Conners lever.- Marlin side eject. This is a real detraction for left handed shooters.- The two new calibers don't sound like they will thump anything any better than the .375Winchester I already own and knowwhat it will thump with either 200or 250 gr. soft points.Negatives out weigh the positives,but Ms. Megan Fox is a positive inanybody's book!"Well in my book, stainless & laminate: perfect for bad weather.Ghost ring & rail: definate positive easy acquistion of targetcross bolt safety: As much as we complain, its not going to go awayThe oversize lever: Apparently you have lady hands, mine dont fit in a standard marlin lever.Marlin side eject: love it, keeps the hot brass of the back of the neck.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Helen Mirren! Arf Arf... Now here's an older woman who still had it going on.

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Did not work the first time trying again!http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/beauties/5895/

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

How about a clessy Brit and older woman? Helen Mirren.image

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from Moshe wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Megan Fox!! Arf Arf

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from crm3006 wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

+ Stainless and laminate+ .45-70 caliber+ Fast aquisition with apature sights.- That monstorous ugly rail.- Cross-bolt safety. (Who needs itbesides a lawyer?)- The Chuck Conners lever.- Marlin side eject. This is a real detraction for left handed shooters.- The two new calibers don't sound like they will thump anything any better than the .375Winchester I already own and knowwhat it will thump with either 200or 250 gr. soft points.Negatives out weigh the positives,but Ms. Megan Fox is a positive inanybody's book!

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from KM wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

It looks like Megan knows how to make a bed....

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

VaTxHunter thanks for the spam alert, glad I didn't go there. Sporting wood? That's a new one on me but the point is certainly clear...As far as the Marlin lever actions I have never owned one but I have three friends who are brothers and their dad got them all 336's I think, 30-30 of course with a gold trigger. This was probably late seventies early eighties and I have hunted with all three as I was the only one of our group without a centerfire rifle. Showed up in camp with an Ithaca Deerslayer and they laughed their asses off at "the Yankee with a shotgun". Anyway I have found the 336's to be superior in function and accuracy and with the ability to mount a scope. The wood on these were not what Winchester was producing nor was the fit and finish but they did the job they were designed for immaculately.

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from TommyNash wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

About eight or so years back I bought a Marlin 1895SS in .45/70 for no other reason than every American should own such a caliber. Blued, not stainless, but the 18 1/2 barrel and open sights shoot like a dream....tons of fun as well.

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from VaTx Hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a Marlin in 30-30 & 45-70.Love em and Dave your articale has me sporting wood for the new 45-70 and Megan.

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from VaTx Hunter wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Edgar @ OpposingViews.comNo Thanks for your Spam

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from DavidS wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

nice gun but i do not like the big ugly rail mount. they should have made it at least the same color as the rest of the gun, so it wouldnt stand out like a sore thumb. the one thing missing is a muzzle brake. if you have shot very many full power (1800 + fps) 400 grainers, you know what i mean. the large lever loop is a wash to me. but the aperature sight is nice. and for my money, Sarah Palin is hot! she may not be as hot as some of these 18 year old pin up girls, but once you hit 50, those little cuties are in the same age bracket as your kids. the 338 marlin sounds interesting. i will have to do some research on it. thanks dave!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

For reasons that I will not boar you with I have always prefered Marlin lever guns over Winchesters. Two of the more interesting ones I have yearned to own include a friend's Model 93 which he inherited from his grandfather. It is chambered in .38-55, has a half magazine, an octagon barrel, receiver is fully engraved, and drop dead gorgeous wood with a curved steel buttplate. After careful examination I felt that it was all factory original. My friend thought his grandfather personally ordered it in the early part of the previous century. Another acquaintance has a Model 410 which is exactly that. A level action 410 shotgun with a 26 inch smoothbore barrel. We once tried shooting doves with it and as you would expect were not very successful. I am certain that these new Marlins will live up to our expectations but I sure wish you could still get one like the old guys ordered.

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from Dan R. wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Jim in Mo.: glad I'm not the only one who thought of Chuck Connors when I saw that loop. Brings back good memories. No doubt that is one cool gun, but cool as Sarah Palin??? The jury's still out on that one...

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Dave quit bowing to public pressure and keep Elisha as your trademark pin up model. She is well deserving of the title, and to be perfectly honest I am ashamed that you have a non-blond as a sordid substitute...

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from dinfos wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have absolutely no use for a .45/70, but, for some reason, I still really want one. Way to go, Marlin.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I have a Marlin 336 chambered for .35 Rem. I don't know why I've always wanted one in 45-70 but I do.

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from PbHead wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Thanks Dave. Now all I can think about is a lever gun from Marlin's custom shop with Ms. Fox carved on the stock and a Ms. Cuthbert inlay on the grip. Now squeeze.

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from Robert wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I get the feeling that the big lever loop is for easy operating while wearing heavy winter gloves or if you have to grab it and cycle a round quickly. I can imagine both are important when hunting in places like Alaska, where there are cold temps early in the year and lots of cranky animals.

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

dartwick,Damn son, when your done shootin' ya need that big lever to spin it around like Chuck Conners used to do.

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from dartwick wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Its good to see a tricked out factory Marlin.But what is the attraction of the huge hoop lever?As a kid I put a lot of rounds through a 1894 and it seems that the big hoop would just slow you down when cycling the action.

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from Edgar wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hello. My name is Edgar and I'm an editor at OpposingViews.com, the debate website. Since we both cover gun issues, I thought I'd drop you a note. I would've e-mailed you but I couldn't find an address.See, we're currently having a discussion about whether or not formula feeding harms babies. You can see it here:http://www.opposingviews.com/questions/does-owning-a-gun-make-you-saferAlthough vetted experts are the ones doing the debating, anyone can contribute by choosing a side and posting comments about the experts' arguments.Check it out and, if you have the time, let me know what you think at eacosta@opposingviews.comThanks!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Yeah the tactical rails to me take away a little from the aesthetics. Ghost rings perform many tasks incredibly... fast target acquisition, ability to hold on a moving target and occasionally interchangeable apertures... the A-5 my dad hunted deer with in a shotgun only state has a Williams peep sight.Invest now in Marlin XL's & XS's you know they'll be $450 soon... .308 if you believe the apocalypse is near.

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from RJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

How can I get on a list for one of these? It is on my short list this year for sure!!!!!!!!!!

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from Mike wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Nice! Except for that rail. Glad they left out the porting. Next comes the vacuum deposited corrosion resistant finish ....

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from eyeball wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

You were wrong, Dave; that Marlin isn't as cool as Sarah Palin. But it IS cool enough. If they make a takedown version, it's be America's best second rifle. Use your scoped .30-06, .270, etc. for most of your hunting, and anything they can't do, this .45-70 can. The rail might chew up a scabbard. It would seem to me that a red dot or a holosight would be what you'd want on a rifle like this, yet the reviewers (guys like you) usually mount a 4.5 x 16 so you can shoot groups with it. What do you think of holosights? I read about them but have never used one. Are they better than an Accupoint red dot (like the one on my .30-30)?

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from SL wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I hope that long rail mount isn't permanently affixed to the gun? I can't think of anything more worthless than the "scout" rifle design.

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from jstreet wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Hmmm....a tactical lever gun.Jim

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from KJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

I'm referring to the .45-70; Megan Fox looks sweet, too.

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from KJ wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Sweet!

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from Jim in Mo wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

Now your talking. No need for that rail mount, heavy woods gun it is.

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from Teak Phillips wrote 5 years 25 weeks ago

That 1895 SBL does sound like a nice gun. I've been in the market for a lever-action brush gun, and perhaps this one is worth the wait. Did you write a review on it for the magazine?

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from Bella wrote 5 years 24 weeks ago

Gee I thought I had been quite clear and specific. Hokay, if you want me to list my other discomforts with her and what my sources are I will.I don't think rape victims should have to pay to have the evidence collected to identify the perp. SP cut funding for rape kits when she was mayor of Wasilla because of the "morning after" pill in the standard kit. What? Are women expected to carry Any baby to term? Even those forced on them? I don't like people who sexually abuse other people, regardless of gender.I can't see how she can make fun of fruit fly based genetic research and support research on crabs. The work done on Drossophilia is the basis of most of the progress gained in the study of DNA. But genetics are the key to evolution, and she doesn't believe in that unless it is convenient.I think her defense strategy regarding the criticism she has faced over her new 150,000 wardrobe sounds a lot like Ted Stevens defense versus his recent conviction on corruption charges. I can't even imagine spending 150,000 on CLOTHES. If I had that much money I would have better things to do with it. (and I DO shop in thrift shops.)Then there is the abuse of power issue. We have just had 8 years of power abusers. This is a "Caesers wife" issue, even the possibility of having someone in office who would use the power given for personal vendettas should be considered anathema. You say she is a sportswoman...Does she fish? What other outdoor sports does she practice? In Alaska snowmobiling scarcely counts as sport when it is how you get around in winter.I also don't like that she belongs to a church where they invite witch burners and take them serously! The Craft is just as valid a religion as Methodism and has been around a lot longer. Religious freedom is not just for fundies. As I have said before, I come from New England and we remember how the witch trials worked out. Badly! How much federal funds will she waste on Witch hunts?You may want to consider my opinions "vague, coarse and stupid". I understand. You don't want to hear it, your mind is made up, as is mine. I think I have been quite specific and I certainly haven't stooped to some of the foul verbiage I have heard come out of SP's mouth. Stuff like "pals around with terrorists, socialist, muslim, elitist" etc. All grossly false and intended to get a rise out of the bigoted and ignorent. Call me a small minded nit picker, I been called worse.I don't get my information from Obama Headquarters, I get it from Drudge and other internet sources. as well as tv and radio. I also always walk my talk. I am going to Obama headquarters tomorrow to help where I can so as to put this all to rest on Tuesday. Have you gone and worked for Mcain today? Go, do it yourself, if you want your man to win. We may all be sons and daughters of Cain, but I want someone Abel in the oval office, and while I don't like Every thing about Obama, he is for me the best choice.

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