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May 7, 2010, 04:10 PM
Bear rifle or "Tactical Lever Rifle"?

Marlin 1895 STP LTD 45/70

My shoulder hurts just thinking about it!!

It's going to be a fun little powerhouse. I'll take it for a spin this weekend.





May 7, 2010, 04:17 PM
No no no no no.....

You gotta have all kinds of stuff hanging off of it in every direction......

May 7, 2010, 04:26 PM
Somewhere I remember seeing a pic of a levergun with a bipod, fancy optics and adjustable stock. I think it was a Photoshopped pic.

This is a 16 inch barrel "Trapper" model. It should be a great bear gun, and probably effective against two legged predators as well.

I sure as hell wouldn't want to get shot with it. I have a box of Winchester XTP 325gr to try her out with this weekend.

May 7, 2010, 05:22 PM
I love it.

May 7, 2010, 06:00 PM
I believe Marlin actually made/makes a .45/70 with the larger loop, a rail for mounting a 'scout' scope. To me, that is a tactical .45/70. That out of the way, a GREAT looking rifle.

May 7, 2010, 06:22 PM
Needs more farkles, tacti-dork that thing up. Longer magazine tube, muzzle brake, halo sight, bandoleer, bi-pod, pistol fore-grip, lazers, stream-light

May 7, 2010, 06:40 PM
Not a chance. That would be gay.

May 7, 2010, 07:11 PM
yes that would b gay. leave that gun alone. i have and 18 inch stainless and LOVE it. it makes the bears fall down not over. and in my experience the fiberoptic sights are much nicer without the brush guard on the front. but try it both ways;)

May 7, 2010, 08:18 PM
Very Nice :)

Here is my sort of tactical .45-70 Guide Gun


May 7, 2010, 08:39 PM

I got yer tacticool leever action right here.



May 7, 2010, 08:40 PM
I like the 26" barreled Cowboy model best. - But that's just me!

May 7, 2010, 08:52 PM
Tactical? I don't know? Hunting rifle, YES! JMO..........;)

May 7, 2010, 11:10 PM
there was a gun rag article a few months back where the author took a tactical carbine course with a lever gun in .30/40(?). it was a good read.

i saw a guy at the range with a marlin 336 in .30-30 with a aim point and 3x magnifier.

he was nailing the 100-200yd targets, standing, like it was nothing.

i think a good lever gun in a lighter caliber would make a fine tactical rifle.

May 8, 2010, 12:37 AM
Here's mine. The light is for four legged visitors who like to come through remote bush camps at 3AM.

As for tactical, it may not hold many rounds but with 400 gr gas check hard cast bullets loaded to the max with RL-7, there 's a lot less cover for the bad guys. ;)


May 8, 2010, 08:04 AM
My favorite hunting rifle these days is a ported Guide Gun. Blue steel, decent walnut. With a low-powered variable scope it shoots like a bolt gun, hits like a ton of bricks and is easy on the shoulder. My loads are pretty close to the wimpy factory loads but even big hogs don't need more than that. If I ever need a quick second shot this levergun delivers. Handles good too, comes in handy because hogs run both ways.
No bipods or black plastic required.;)

May 8, 2010, 08:24 AM
Sorry, it doesn't meet the minimum requirements
- no flash hider
- no bayonet lug
- needs four rails minimum (optics, light, laser pointer, cup holder)
- caliber doesn't have armor piercing ammo available

And most of all
- It's not black

May 8, 2010, 01:12 PM
A Vortex flash hider could be mated to that barrel. An M1A FH thats been reamed out some.:cool:

May 8, 2010, 01:51 PM
that's a cool gun (the first one) All you have to do is get rid of the stupid safety:barf: then go "be tactical:D"

May 8, 2010, 01:53 PM
A small nitrile rubber o-ring slipped over the safety "button", and it no longer functions.

May 8, 2010, 03:20 PM
All you have to do is get rid of the stupid safety


May 8, 2010, 03:36 PM
I dont know why people figure the 45-70 has to HURT to be effective.

I dont shoot a Levergun in 45-70 but I do have a Browning 1885, and I dont like to hurt.

If you are dealing with protection from critters who might want to eat you, you're probably pretty close. I have some 405 cast bullets pushed by 50 grns of Sharky's Gold that comes out at 1500 feet per sec. Thats more then enough for the biggest critter.

And its mild to shoot, even with the curved steel butt plate on my Browning.

May 8, 2010, 03:38 PM
Actually I think a stock Winchester 73 would have been very "tactical" in say 1881.

Double Naught Spy
May 9, 2010, 11:15 AM
A couple of years ago, Ashley had a tri-rail foregrip shown on their website as an upcoming product, but it never made it to production. It would make for a very tactical-compliant levergun.

May 9, 2010, 11:32 AM
As for tactical lever guns, read alittle about the small units in Vietnam who used them as bunker busters! So, I guess if the Sqeals:p and Garden Buddie's:p can use a tactical lever gun then I can use a tacticool Lever Gun, right?


May 9, 2010, 12:45 PM
I shot it yesterday and it was a ton of fun. 40 rounds later, and my shoulder is only a little sore. I wasn't too worried bout recoil. I shoot .338 Winchester Magnum all the time.

I really liked the "Fireglo" sights. Out in the bright sun, they really did glow brightly and were real easy to see.

A real fun "little" rifle. I give it an A.

May 12, 2010, 06:35 PM
Picked this up today. I like it a lot.




With big brother.


The Great Mahoo
May 13, 2010, 08:52 AM
Nice accquisition, Snub357. Is that a 45colt? It doesn't look quite as beefy as the 45-70.

I have levers in both of these chamberings, and I love them both. I actually like shooting the 45colt more, but ammo is impossible to get for it. I've been considering adding another in .357, but have decided to hold out to see if anyone will make one in .327 instead. Now that would be a great plinker/varminter.

May 13, 2010, 10:04 AM
44 Magnum

May 13, 2010, 12:42 PM
here's my grandpa's(now mine) "tactical" rifle, the only center fire rifle he owned.

its a marlin 336rc, made in 1967(was the word tactical even refered to guns back then?), chambered in .35 rem.

not quite the bruiser that .45/70 is, but it will do!

needs some cleaning up as i just got it.

May 14, 2010, 03:24 PM
Ten rd. Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. That in the back of a 4WD pickup and you're "tactical" in this county. Helps if the truck is black. :D

Damn! I like the 44 mag. -- ammo fits in the lever-gun and the revolver too!