Marlin 1895G and GS

Marlin 1895G and GS

The Marlin Model 1895G “Guide Gun” is a lever-action hunting rifle chambered in .45-70 Government. The 1895G is a smaller version of the Classic Model 1895 with an 18.5″ barrel and weighing 7 pounds.

What separates it from other M1895s is its straight-grip stock, which is a more traditional style borrowed from a two-trigger shotgun design. The Guide Gun is available with either a steel barrel with blue finish or stainless finish.

Otherwise it has similar features to the Classic M1895 like Marlin’s Ballard-type rifling in the barrel, which carves six deep and wide grooves in it that, Marlin says, help improve accuracy for high-power rifles. It’s a slow process, however, almost no stress is put on the metal, so it can better absorb the violent reaction when a primer is charged. Also, it has a tubular magazine that’s non-detachable and runs along the barrel. Rounds are fed through the front of the tube and it chambers like a shotgun—a spring pushes the round down as the bolt slides the next one into place.

Its cartridge, the .45-70 Gov’t., is a preferred hunting round for shorter range. Since it has such a low velocity yet powerful impact, it’ll kill larger game without destroying a lot of the meat. Marlin recommends the 1895G for hunting deer, larger game and black bear.

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