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Marlin 1895 GBL or Henry .45-70?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Phillip_Rios, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. Phillip_Rios

    Phillip_Rios

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    I've heard about some problems people have with the stock being loose, or the action being buggy, but I haven't seen any reviews about the Henry .45-70 at all. Any insight? I'm looking to buy one or the other this fall. Thanks.
     
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    Henry Rifles are 100% made in America and high quality!
    The only down side (to me) is how the Henry has to be loaded. All the Henry rifles are loaded thru the tube (like a .22), not the side like the Marlin.
     

  3. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    There is an advantage to the Henry loading system though. You can unload the mag tube all at once and not have to cycle each round through the action, like you do with the Marlin.

    Henry has really stepped up their game in the last few years and are offering some nice rifles. If I didn't already have a fantastic deer rifle I would but a Henry .30-30.
     
  4. L Pete

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    Henrys are too heavy to my liking. The .44 mag one feels like it weighs twice what my Marlin 1894 does. Plus, I know my Marlin will group 2" at 100 yds. with WWB 240 gr SPs. The older Marlin made Marlins are much better guns then the ones made in Illion, NY. I wished Remington would get there stuff together.
     
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    Keep the advice coming. I need to know if I should prepare to shell out $899 for the Henry .45-70 or less for the Marlin. Also, how would I find an older Marlin these days? I'm not sure where any LGS is in my area.
     
  6. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    It shouldn't be too hard to find a used Marlin. There are TONS of them on the shelves in my local shops, though most are .30-30, but the .45-70's are out there too.

    I prefer the older ones without the cross bolt safety in the frame, but there is a plug to fill the hole if you remove the safety on a newer one.
     
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    ArtCrafter ¤Hocker Mocker¤

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    Not to 'dis' the Henry, but between those two models, I would probably go with the Marlin.
    • Established 'track record'
    • Six rounds vs. four (in the magazine)
    • Large (but not 'obscene') lever loop
    • More practical stock material (laminated)
    • Better recoil pad (which can be a BIG deal on a 7-lb .45/70)


    HTH :wavey:
     
  8. collim1

    collim1 Because Alexa said so!

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    Not knocking the .45-70, just curious, what is the purpose of this rifle going to be?
     
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    I've been looking at the 1895 SBL and finally got to hold one a few weeks ago. It was very nice and felt great in terms of weight and fit. I have read about issues with Marlins since the factory change but I am optimistic that most of the kinks have been worked out by now. I have not held the Henry 45/70 but the pic in the catalog and online look a little rough for that particular model. I'm sure that what they produce is nicer but for me the Marlin is the one I'm gonna get.
     
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  10. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    I have the Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70 and LOVE it! :)
     
  11. MrMurphy

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    Henry's weigh too much, and front load.

    They figured out that was a bad idea in 1866.......just saying......
     
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    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    :rofl:Good post. :thumbsup:
     
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    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    Figgered that out 30 years before they made 'em? Some big brains back then. :tongueout:
     
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    Go with the Marlin.
     
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    Get the Marlin in stainless OoOOOooO! love the look!
     
  17. MrMurphy

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    Yes Zombie, you know, the original front loading Henry.......made in 1860...

    And the first 'real' Winchester, the 1866, with the King patent side loading gate...

    Introduced in 1866.

    Learn your history.
     
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    I doubt the Henry will handle the same loads a Marlin will.
     
  19. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I was hoping the smiley face might help avert sand in anyone's va-jayjay, as I was just ribbing you. Oh well, it failed.