You might say that I have a ‘dog in the fight’ here, my first lever-action rifle was a Marlin 1895 Govt, chambered in .45-70 caliber. It was a little stiff when I first took it to the range, but after running about 30 rounds through it, it got pretty smooth. I know that there are some of you who are hard core Henry fans, but that’s okay, Henry’s are a good gun, but a little too expensive for us working class guys.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with and didn’t know that Ruger was making the Marlin rifles, here is some info on that subject:
Ruger-made Marlins are now officially on the market. Following more than a year of inactivity after the Remington Outdoor bankruptcy and the subsequent purchase of Marlin by Sturm, Ruger, & Co., the company announced that it is finally producing and shipping new Marlin rifles.
Marlin Firearms was previously owned by Remington Outdoor Company, which went bankrupt and was fully liquidated in September 2020. Marlin’s lever-action rifles became popular with the rising use of scopes in the last two decades of the 20th century, with their side ejection making scope mounting easier.
Here is some information, features and specs on this rifle directly from the source at marlinfirearms.com:
This American-made lever-action rifle was manufactured with great pride and attention to detail. You can expect the same time-honored design as the traditional 1895, combined with Ruger’s trusted reputation for producing high-quality, reliable firearms.
Improved manufacturing processes create tight tolerances, resulting in a reliable, attractive rifle. Multi-layered quality control procedures, including daily function and accuracy audits and multiple inspections, result in a high-quality product.
Receiver, lever and trigger guard plate are CNC machined from 416 stainless steel forgings.
Barrel is made of 410 stainless steel and is cold hammer-forged which results in ultra-precise rifling that provides exceptional accuracy and longevity.
Threaded barrel, with factory-installed thread protector, has a 11/16″ x 24 pattern to accommodate a muzzle brake or other barrel accessories.
Updated Picatinny rail provides a stable mounting surface for scope rings and a variety of modern optics.
Ghost ring rear sight is adjustable for windage/elevation and tritium fiber optic, high visibility day/night front sight allows for quicker target acquisition in low light.
Six-round, tubular magazine with a loading gate located on the receiver.
Soft-rubber buttpad effectively absorbs recoil.
Positive, push-button, cross bolt manual safety and traditional half-cock hammer.
Reliably feeds a wide range of .45-70 Govt factory ammunition and bullet types.
Durable, laminate buttstock and forend remain dimensionally stable in varying weather conditions.
Sharp checkering provides an excellent grip in all weather conditions.
Spiral-fluted, nickel-plated bolt aids smooth cycling.
Oversized lever loop provides clearance for operation with heavy gloves.
Slimmed-down forend for an attractive look and comfortable feel.
Also includes: Sling swivel studs, offset hammer spur
Model # 70478 Caliber .45-70 Govt Capacity 6+1 Stock Gray Laminate Material Stainless Steel Finish Polished Stainless Front Sight High Visibility Tritium Fiber Optic Rear Sight Adjustable Ghost Ring Weight 7.3 lbs. Overall Length 37.25″ Length of Pull 13.38″ Barrel Length 19″ Thread Pattern 11/16″ x 24 Thread Cap Match-Polished Barrel Cold Hammer-Forged Stainless Steel Twist 1:20″ RH Grooves 6 UPC 7-36676-70478-1 Suggested Retail $1,399.00
H/T – marlinfirearms.com