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1895 prepped for deer season, boar and Alaska?

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I recently traded my High Standard 1911A1 FS w/ammo for a like new Marlin 1895 45-70. The gun is stock w/a 22" blued barrel and 4 shot mag tube. It has a BSA Deerhunter 1.5 scope on it.

I was wondering what I would need to add/change/customize in order to get it in fighting condition for an eventual Alaska trip my friend and I want to take. I'm talking everything from finding a longer mag tube to sling, butt cuff ammo carrier, replacement sights, ammo, etc.

I'd also like to try it out deer hunting here in TN or boar hunting in TX. Any thoughts on ammo and acessories or mods would be greatly appreciated. I LOVE this rifle and realize that there are different variants, barrel lengths, and such but--for now--this model is what I have to work with (unless someone local wants to do some trading).

I took it camping this past weekend and ran a box of shells through it. It beat the **** out of my shoulder but I loved every second of it (I guess I'm a 5'7" 165lbs masochist). I also have an STG-58 FAL clone that I love to shoot so maybe I just like the bruising that goes along with big caliber rifles?

(to be honest, the 45-70 didn't actually bruise my shoulder...but I did cut my nose on the scope with the first shot, which is what happens when you don't get eye relief that properly respects the recoil!)

Thanks for all your help!

PS: I've seen the SBL/STP variants of the 1895 and they look awesome but I don't have the money for them now and have been told that stainless can make aiming difficult in sunlight alongwith alerting your prey to your position.
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I love my 1895 Marlins and have a pair. I like the Brockman sights and put a Leupold 1.5 X 5 scope on the other. I've been shooting mostly 400 gr. cast bullets and have taken deer and bear. They work well if you place the bullet. No meat damage to speak of with a big slow moving bullet like that. I'm like you and just love to shoot them. I also have a pair of Model 71 Winchesters in .348 Winchester that are just a blast to shoot.
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Utefan: Are your Marlins the same or do you have different models? If they're different, what are they and do you have a preference? I'll check out the Brockman sights later tonight at work. That BSA Deerhunter scope that came with mine is a 1.5-4.5 x 32 and I like it but I have NO IDEA if that's reliable for AK or if I need to get a higher end optic.

Also, I saw a Kick Killer lace-up recoil pad on Cabela's. Does anyone have an opinion of these? I've read that the limbsavers' rubber can erode the finish on the wood if left on for a while and must be removed after a time. That's not a deal killer but I like the 19th/20th Century look of the rifle and was toying with "Westing" it up with a lace up recoil pad.

Does anyone know if a recoil pad like a limbsaver or that lace up kick killer will interfere with an ammo butt cuff and the sling attachment?
My hunting Marlins are both the standard 22" models. I really like the Leupold VX-3 Rifle Scope 1.5-5x 20mm with Duplex Reticle on mine. I also use Pachmayr decelerator pads on my two hunting rifles. I also have a 26" Cowboy model with the full tube and octagon barrel. I looked at the Guide models but didn't feel the shorter 18" barrel would make much of a difference for me. They are nice and my brother bought one he likes a lot. 45-70's are a great round. I even loaded up some black powder loads to see what they would do. Same bullet with a card wad and a wax cookie. They were very accurate for me that day shooting about 1.5" to 2" groups at 100 yards while in sitting position since we were just out in the hills having fun. :thumb:
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My local gunsmith added the recoils pads for me and he shortened the stock to compensate for the thickness of the pads. They really mitigate the pounding of the rifle. Black powder dirtied them up good. I cleaned them that night the same as I do all of my black powder firearms.
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