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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 like a peep sight on mine.
Didn't like the "micro-notch" factory rear sight.

Have you tried the Remington 405 SP factory loads ?
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They really are the Marlin experts.
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I've got the standard 1895, but I did cut mine down to 18 inches barrel.
Probably wouldn't bother doing that again, though.

Plenty of good info here of course, but marlinowners is the go-to place about Marlins specifically.
Actually, I recognize several names that are on both.

I don't reload (yet) so I don't have experience with the 2000-plus fps ballistics.
I do know that many a game animal was taken in the black powder days with a slow 405-grain bullet.
When I buy the reload gear I'll probably try to work up something like 1600 fps with the 405 bullet.

For a laugh, look at these.
The first is a graph of 308 vs. 45-70 trajectory.
The second is about an Army test in 1879.

You just gotta love the 45-70.
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I like that white stripe XS front sight.

No, I wouldn't bother with cutting the barrel if I had to do it again.
Just got a bug in my ear at the time and decided I HAD to have a shorter rifle.

I haven't hunted with mine yet, but the Remington factory 405 loads are going with me when I do.
I figure if they can't take it down then I probably don't have any business going after it anyway :)
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