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Old October 4, 2008, 11:03 PM   #1
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Extended magazine tube for a Marlin 1895?

I have a Marlin 1895 lever action, 45-70 caliber and the magazine only holds four rounds (4+1). But I've seen 'custom' 1895s that have an extended magazine tube that actually holds 6 rounds (6+1). Anyone know where I can get an extended tube? Anyone know if I can install this myself or if this is a gunsmith installed item?

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Old October 5, 2008, 12:13 AM   #2
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If ya find out, please let me know.
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Old October 5, 2008, 11:33 AM   #3
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you can make your mag tube longer,,i did this to a 38-55 that i had

you need a mag tube from numric gun parts or some one else,,, or buy two and save your original,,,,you will probably only use 6-8" of one of them to get the length you need

measure to see how much you need to add,,,on mine i turned the end of one and bored the end of the other for a nice press fit,,,heat up the bored end and slip the two together ,,, once they were together and straight i silver soldered them so they wouldn't come apart,,,,the forearm covered the joint

the problem you will run into will be the barrel hanger,,,on the full magazine guns,,,some have a dovetail in the end of the barrel and some use a band

if you have a dove tail now you will need to cut a dove tail in the end of your barrel to support the mag tube

if you have a band now and you move it out the the end of the barrel you may need to cut a notch in the bottom of the barrel to clear the screw that goes through the band for mag support

IIRC the end of the mag tube that goes into the receiver is turned to fit,,,and should pull out

you may contact marlin and buy a one piece tube and spring,,,,, but depending on how long your barrel is you may need to cut it to the proper length

my .02 YMMV

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Old November 24, 2008, 06:58 PM   #4
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If you're like me - I wouldn't attempt it myself. Wild West Guns and Brockman's offer the service, usually in conjunction with a cut and crown, or
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Old November 25, 2008, 05:16 PM   #5
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Instead of lengthening a short tube, it would be better to purchase a 26" long 9 shot tube intended for the 1895 "Cowboy" model, and shorten it. It's Marlin part # 101125
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