I am looking to build up a lever .45 / 70 as a close support Scout rifle. The 2 main choices for base are from Marlin and Winchester. Marlin appears a bit better designed - any thoughts pro / con ?
Close support for what, bear 8O :lol: I have a Marlin, sent it over to Wild West Guns in Alaska. They turned it into a Copilot. Ported the barrel and cut the action so now it break down into two peices. Shot an 11' brown bear with it, with one shot. A defenant bear stopper. Not much use for it around here except to sling 300gr bullets down range an punch giant holes in the paper which is OK with me because she is a great rifle and fun to shoot. If you can defenatly try and get the barrel ported it make a big difference.I am looking to build up a lever .45 / 70 as a close support Scout rifle
Lrussmod 1895 45-70 gov mfg. 1972-1978
early new model marlins had cut rifling
suitable for cast bullets. while later mfg. was
switched to micro groove rifling. changes were
also made from a straight stock to a pistol grip
stock and from a traditional receiver to one with
the newer hammer block push button safety.
early guns with straight grip stock,traditional
receiver and cut rifling command a premiums
over later mfg. cut rifling occurred during the
first year of production only these guns have
a ser. no. prefix of B.O.
add 10% for guns mfg. 1972-1978
add 10% for pre micro groove
blue book of gun values 2008