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    Default Marlin 45-70 Guide Model Reviews

    I'm thinking about getting one of these...and looking for some reviews & comments on this rifle.
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    If I were to build another Marlin LA, I would start out with an older platform. Several little things slipped past QA on many of the newer rifles. A few of us here found the same "slips".

    But all in all for what I have, my LA is freakin awesome and I carry it exclusively on the river.

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    Thanks TWB....After much searching around in the threads on this model, I'm re-thinking my thoughts on getting a new one. Used-older sounds better after seeing some of the problems the newer made ones may have.
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    I have 2 and would not be without one. Mine is my go to gun for in the brush close in action. Stay away from the new ones. Get in touch with Wild West they can set you straight. I have a copilot that breaks down into 2 pieces, great for throwing in the pack.
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    Thanks Stid, I really want one, just not one that needs fixing from the get go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    Thanks Stid, I really want one, just not one that needs fixing from the get go.
    Remington bought Marlin and everything out the door since has been junk.
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    Yes, that's what I read in the forum threads on it...didn't want to shell out cold hard cash for a piece of junk.
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    I got one last year. It had some feeding issues. Had WWW do their tune up and polished the action and a few other things. Great now!!!
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    I don't know how old mine is, I bought it used in 2008, so older than that at least. No issues with mine. Stoked full it is kinda heavy, but I would a lot rather carry it then be on the receiving end.

    The worst thing I can say about mine is that it hurts to shoot it very much or very often. If I decide I need to develop a new load for mine I'll stick a limbsaver on the butt for load development and then take it back off when I take the gun into the field.

    The best thing I can say about mine is it will be still be in my safe when I die, if I need more room in the safe for other guns I'll buy a bigger safe before I part with the one I have.

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    I bought my 1895G new last year from WWG and had them throw on one of their big loop levers. I love the thing, have not had any issues with it. Loading the tube was a little stiff for the first 100 rounds or so but was no issue.

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    The BLR in 325 on the sale forum is probably a better gun for up here
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    Default Marlin 45-70 Guide Model Reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    I have 2 and would not be without one. Mine is my go to gun for in the brush close in action. Stay away from the new ones. Get in touch with Wild West they can set you straight. I have a copilot that breaks down into 2 pieces, great for throwing in the pack.
    Got my Co-Pilot ordered a few months ago, can't wait to take it out next year!!

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    You can find older Marlin Guide Guns in 45-70 on Gunbroker and sites like that. It is a good way to get a model that was made before the purchase of Marlin by Remington.

    I consider mine a 100 yard rifle. The two improvements I made was adding a Limbsaver recoil pad and installing a XS sight system. Both were very easy to install and huge improvements over what comes on the rifle, especially the Limbsaver.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boliep View Post
    It is a good way to get a model that was made before the purchase of Marlin by Remington.
    How would you know if it was before Remington? By the serial number maybe? Or is there another way to tell if you are looking at the rifle?
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    Some other fancy mods to consider:
    Action tune, super slick. factory was not so slick.
    Bear claw extractor.
    Light mount.
    Aluminum mag follower.
    Trigger kit
    Diamond D Leather Sling & buttstock shell holder.
    Forward mounted optics rail.
    QR rings.
    Safety button delete
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    The Barrel will have JM stamped on it and make sure the first 2 digits of the serial number are between 92 - 97 (which would be 2008 - 2003 manufacture dates).

    I like the scout scope and QR mounts.
    Ghost ring sights
    Big Loop is a must in Alaska for use with gloves.
    Bear proof extractor

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    Thanks guys! You two ( Stid & TWB ) are a wealth of info to my questions. And thanks to everyone else that has added their input on this thread.
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    More of a trial and error type of knowledge. And now with Lehigh Defense ammo marketing multiple projectile rounds, the LA is now a home defense stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    The Barrel will have JM stamped on it and make sure the first 2 digits of the serial number are between 92 - 97 (which would be 2008 - 2003 manufacture dates).

    I like the scout scope and QR mounts.
    Ghost ring sights
    Big Loop is a must in Alaska for use with gloves.
    Bear proof extractor

    Steve

    steve; what a bear proof extractor? other replys mentioned it too...
    happy trails.
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    Default Marlin 45-70 Guide Model Reviews

    WWG makes an ejector better suited for heavier boolits. Stronger and more positive ejection.

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