Marlin Model 1895 SBL — Lever Action 45-70 Govt Stainless Steel Carbine
SOLD FOR: $1,251.68
Model: Model 1895 SBL
Serial Number: 91804542
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Caliber: 45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Action Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “1895SBL”, “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN CT. U.S.A. / * * * MODEL 1895 SBL – CAL. 45/70 GOVT. * * *” and a proof or assembly mark. The right side of the barrel has the “Warning”. The left side of the receiver is marked “91804542”.
Barrel Length: 18 ½”
Sights / Optics: The carbine is mounted with a factory installed XS Lever Rail, XS front sight and XS rear ghost ring sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered laminated charcoal gray wood with sling swivel mounts. There are no chips, cracks or dings in the stocks; only light handling marks. There are some imperfections in the pressed checkering that are clearly from their manufacture, rather than from abuse. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the black basket weave Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is like new Marlin Micro-Groove. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows handling and storage marks. There are some light scratches visible on the receiver flats. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. According to the Marlin website the receiver, lever, loading gate, barrel, magazine tube and hammer block safety are stainless steel. We have not fired this carbine.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The owner’s manual, in Excellent condition, is provided.
Our Assessment: This carbine was originally sold through the Cabela’s store in Idaho. It makes sense that somebody living in the weather (and hunting) conditions of that area would like to have a lever gun like this one. With its laminated wood stocks and stainless steel construction this is a great wet and cold weather choice. It comes from the factory set up with an XS ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. The Picatinny XS rail accepts a scope mounted in either the traditional place above the receiver or the forward Scout style location. The short barreled action should carry and handle well in the woods and Marlin suggests that the large lever loop works well with cold weather gloves. Loaded with some of the new Hornady LEVERevolution ammunition you can expect faster and flatter shooting ballistics than the old rainbow trajectory of traditional 45-70 Government cartridges. Win this auction and fill your freezer with the game you harvest.