I have gotten a few questions about this rifle since I signed on here.
Pointability, accuracy, recoil, velocity due to the short barrel, the sighting system, etc
Since I have been fondling it a bit lately, I figured what the hell... I would do a little more indepth post about it.
The STP was a limited production run, 501 rifles. They were distributed by Davidsons.
Marlin has made a few different 501 piece runs for them.
Marlin 1895 in .45-70
Stainless steel with a laminate wood stock
Williams fiber optic Fire Sights.
5 round tubular magazine.
Deluxe recoil pad
The specs say what it is, but they dont tell the whole story.
It is a case of the the end product being more than the sum of the parts.
It is just an amazingly good feeling, fast handling, hard hitting "brush gun".
If you go to gunbroker and search completed auction you will see them selling for between $1000 and 1,375.
This is mine, fresh out of the box, just like the ad above.
And compared to the standard length 1895.
I bought mine used, for $1,000. It came with a Wild West Guns "Happy Trigger", reloading dies, 200 pieces of unfired Starline brass, 400+ projectiles, etc.
Here is my first time firing it. Yea, 3rd shot surprised me. Light trigger and I wasnt used to the lever yet.
Caryn liked it, so I got her an 1895 SBL.
The SBL is Marlins serious hunting lever action.
6 round magazine
Big loop lever, SBL... Stainless Big Loop, good for winter hunting in gloves.
XS Sights Lever Rail system. Ghost ring rear sight, white line front sight, picitinny rail for standard or scout scope mounting.
Delux recoil pad.
A very serious hunting rifle.
We took hers to the range and I fell in love with the sights.
OK, a step back... hers came without the rear sight, the ghost ring.
I called Marlin and told them I was missing the rear sight, they shipped a complete replacement lever rail system with sights.
I called them back, they said they didnt have individual components. Enjoy the complete set up.
The next time we were back in the store where we bought it, the handed over the rear sight that they had found in the back.
I had thought that I ordered the rear sight, but my memory cleared on this... and yea, the store found it.
Caryn has small hands, and the big loop was a pain in the ass for her to use.
So, I swapped levers with her.
I was cooped up in a motel and decided to swap the Lever Rail on to my STP.
Now, for all intents and purposes, I have a mini SBL.
This is the motel as soon as the rail was on.
The ghost ring is not a precise sight, but it is fast for charging dangerous game.
For that, I love it.
However, I couldnt hit with it at a distance.
This was solved by replacing the standard rear sight with one that has a threaded aperture.
It is the same diameter as the regular ring, however you can thread in a Williams long shank rear peep.
I ordered up the rear sight and peep insert, it isnt a small peep but works well enough. I am ordering up a small peep for more precision use.
The sight is good enough to allow George and myself to hit the 400 yard bear target at his favorite range.
I personally feel that the 1895, in all of its incarnations.
1895CB, 26" octagon barrel with a 9 round magazine.
1895 XLR, 24" barrel with a 4 round magazine... however the long barrel and short mag looks strange to me.
1895, 22" barrel and 4 round magazine.
1895G and all of its variants... SBL, GLB, STBL, ABL, IOU, XYZ, BMF, KMA. OK, the last 4 were made up. 18.5" barrel and either a 4 or 6 round magazine. I believe the G is a 4 round, the rest are 6.
These are all in .45-70. That round deserves a thread all to itself.
You can also get the 1895 in .450 Marlin. The .450 is basically a shortened .458 Win Mag with a wider belt.
For a long time factory .45-70 was made at a low pressure, so you didnt blow up grandpas Trapdoor rifle.
People wanted a hot rod cartridge for their 1895, so Marlins solution was a proprietary cartridge that wouldnt chamber in the old rifles and blow up the shooter.
The .45-70 has had a resurgence in popularity and, in my experience, is a bit easier to find than .450 Marlin ammo.
You can also get "hot" .45-70 ammo now, which somewhat does away with the .450s reason for being around.
No matter what a person decides, a Marlin 1895 is a great rifle.
The cost of the ammunition is reason in itself to reload, however the various loads you can work up for it is a hobby in itself.
I do not claim to be an expert on this rifle, however I have thrown myself headlong into the info, facts, myths, and lore surrounding it.
My STP is without a doubt my favorite longarm that we own... bar none.
Questions, thoughts, info, flames... have at it.
Sorry for being a touch long winded.