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Old December 17, 2008, 11:42 PM   #1
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My custom Marlin Guide Gun.

Hello gents,

Check out my Custom Marlin....

I had Brockman's do a little work on my Guide Gun.

1. Cut to 16 inches.
2. Brockmans front sight.
3. Extended tube
4. Custom engraving (one point to the person who gets the reference).
5. XS rear sight
6. XS rail and Scout optic.

I need a Wild West's Trigger kit...











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Old December 17, 2008, 11:47 PM   #2
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Contgrats on a BEAUTIFUL lever gun! I'm drooling on the keyboard as I speak. I gotta ask, how does it shoot? also, what caliber is it? 45-70, perhaps?
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Old December 18, 2008, 12:05 AM   #3
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Thanks!

When it was 18 inches it shot great. I will shoot it on Sunday to rezero. It is 45-70.
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Old December 18, 2008, 07:09 AM   #4
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very nice!

who is this Brockman you refer to?

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Old December 18, 2008, 08:03 AM   #5
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awesome looking gun... I just started working on mine this winter... 1st mod on mine is a Wild West Guns big loop lever( got to have a lever big enough for my big hams with a pair of gloves on )... they should have the next batch done soon... send Wildalaska a P.M. for forum price if interested

the extended magazine interests me alot... how many rounds does it hold??? ( one or two extra ??? )

mine has a fiber optic front sight now, & I think I want a Williams fiber optic ghost ring for a rear sight...

this is that Williams rear sight...

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Old December 18, 2008, 08:27 AM   #6
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BTW... have you thought about the extra dove tail slot from the stock mag tube??? theymake dove tail fillers to fill that gap... personally I'd try to do some type of 2nd tube support so the slot is still functional, & not just covered up...

BTW #2... no eye deer what the latin says, but it definately adds a touch of class
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Old December 18, 2008, 12:30 PM   #7
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I have been considering what to do with the slot. They really don't make a matching filler. Perhaps I could just cut down a Marlin support? Or maybe make a custom picatinny mount? Nah.
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Old December 18, 2008, 12:51 PM   #8
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Looks great Greg Bell!
I did mine a year or so ago, one of my favorite shooters!

Here is my wright up.
http://onesticky.levergunscommunity....egun_mods.html

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Old December 18, 2008, 02:08 PM   #9
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when I get to finishing off... I'm going to add one of these butt cuffs... what do you think ???

http://www.levergunleather.com/p_buttstock_covers.htm
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Old December 18, 2008, 02:15 PM   #10
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many years ago... before this was that popular, I converted a Marlin 44 mag to 50 A.E. the magazine holds between 12 & 14 rounds depending on how big a bullet is used... lota big bore fire power...

looks stock until you are looking down the barrel...



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Old December 18, 2008, 04:07 PM   #11
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Magnum,

Very nice! I also like the butt cuffs. I have a cheap nylon slip on bullet holder now, but am considering one like you linked.

Salvo,

I love that gun! Your article is what inspired me to cut mine instead of lengthening it to meet the 18. The 16 just looks too damn handy.
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Old December 18, 2008, 08:49 PM   #12
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Called Brockman's and they are sending me a blank!
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Old December 18, 2008, 09:12 PM   #13
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Don't forget a Wild West "bear proof" one-piece extractor !!

Great forum if your not there already.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php
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Old December 18, 2008, 09:29 PM   #14
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It looks good! My favorite rifle, my favorite round, my favorite finish. It has it all. Now that I am shooting not-quite-full-power handloads, I'm putting a regular scope back on mine. A 3x9x32, I don't like for the scope to be real large on a lever action.

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Old December 18, 2008, 10:42 PM   #15
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Great looking gun

Love to hear how it shoots after being cut down to 16''.

Is that legal in PA? I may have to get it done myself.

How much were all those mods together?

I own the same gun and I need to throw a new sight system on it. That williams rear sight looks great but I need something florescent on the front for shooting black bear.
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Old December 19, 2008, 05:01 AM   #16
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dang guys. I WAS fairly happy with my marlin 336 the way it came from the factory. now, not so much.

ah who am I kidding I'm never happy with anything "as is"
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Old December 19, 2008, 08:03 AM   #17
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GOCART... did yours come with a regular bead front sight ??? mine is one of the stainless ported shorter I guess I'm not sure of the length... maybe 18" barrels??? & came from the factory with a lime green fiber optic front sight, & regular iron buck horn rear sights... if there is a problem with the heights of the sights not working together, etc. I can order a Williams front fiber optic sight to go with the fiber optic ghost ring rear sight from them...

GREG... your rifle looks awesome the way it is... I didn't mean to sound like you needed to do anything else to it... I just personally want the big loop lever, & happened to notice the extra dove tail...

ROGER... you are right on the extractor too... I should order one from WILD when they get the next batch of levers done... which is what I'm waiting on right now...
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:22 AM   #18
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If you have not gotten the Happy trigger from Wild west it is a must! The 1st time I shot with it I almost had an AD it was so good. I have a blued ported older model and it is a shooter. One big hole with 5 rounds at 75 yards. At 150 it keeps them all inside 4" from the kneeling Pos. I don't bench it very much(LOL).

As far as reloading for it, I like the HardCast 420gr WFN bullets and 300 gr FP cast. I use win brass, CCI 200 primers and a stout load of either Varget, 335 or RL7. So far it has one shot stopped 3 deer, 8 hogs, 2 yotes and a Bobcat. The Bobcat was a mess after the 300 grainer went through it.

I can shoot in by back yard and I was shooting it out of my tree stand one day when my wife was home. She came outside because she thought I had blown myself up I told her no such luck

Have a good time with your "New" GG they are great guns. Brockman does very good work.
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:41 AM   #19
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The rear sight looks crooked. Is it?

Third picture in your post. It looks very crooked.
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:56 AM   #20
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My GG

Sry I don't have pics available...

my GG is standard factory in every way. came with standard black front blade sight and rear sight is all black as well. It is essentially useless for quick aiming and I am definitely getting a peep on it before next year's BLACK bear season.

That brockman's Gen III peep sight looks great but I need fiber optics on the front sight if I am shooting black bear. If the front sight blade is all black it is almost impossible to sight quickly on a BLACK bear.

Aside from the sights the gun is amazing. The 45-70 is a powerhouse and I may flinch a bit when I pull the trigger but i am always happy with the result. So you know what I mean, If you have a 45-70 just shoot a good piece of firewood if you are in a need of a laugh.

Anybody know how the gun shoots with a 16'' barrel?

And what was the total cost of the rig first posted?
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Old December 19, 2008, 11:57 AM   #21
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Hey guys,

The rear sight is straight. There really isn't any way to make it crooked.

The Brockman's front sight is threaded in so I guess you can put fiber optics or tritium. I run a Scout optic so my sights are purely backup. I might put some luminescent paint on the front post.

The cost for the work was...

Cut and recrown barrel 75
extended mag tube and install 115
Front sight with ears 79.
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Old December 19, 2008, 11:59 AM   #22
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The inscription on the first gun.

Is it an anagram for I! Tego arcana Dei, which translates to "Begone! I keep God's secrets"?

Just went on a Wiki adventure on that one. Let me know if I am way off...AND what the cost of that opening rig was!

Or is it a reference to Anthony Powell's novel The Fisher King, which has a character translate the sense of the phrase as "Death rules even in Arcadia."
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Old December 19, 2008, 12:06 PM   #23
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Gocart,

The second is partially correct so you get the point! It is a reference to Judge Holden's rifle in "Blood Meridian." He had it engraved on his rifle.


I have had the rifle for a while, and have added the peeps and scout rail at different times. The XS stuff was nice. And I only got the Brockman's front because I liked the idea of the protective wings. So, I really don't know how much the whole rig cost. But, you could get an idea...

1. Marlin Guide Gun.
2. XS sights and scout rail.
3. Leupold Scout Scope (around $240)
4. Shorten barrel and extend tube. $190
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Old December 19, 2008, 12:12 PM   #24
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Inscription

Prioir of Sion reference?
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Old December 19, 2008, 12:20 PM   #25
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NICE gun!
I want to do something special with a .45-70 eventually.

"Et in Arcadia ego"
Oh MAN, right back to both latin and art appreciation classes way back when.
(I'm studiously avoiding google-cheating so if I'm not quite right on this be forgiving)

If I recall correctly it was a reference to Death saying "Even in Arcadia <paradise> I exist". Damned if I can remember the painting though.

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