SOLD FOR: $1,230
Serial Number: 96207186
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Caliber: .45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Action with Full Length Tubular Magazine.
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MOD. 1895CB CAL. 45/70 GOV’T.”. The left rear of the barrel is marked with a circled “JM” proof. The left side of the receiver is marked “96207186”. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning.
Barrel Length: The octagon barrel is 26” in length.
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a semi-buckhorn rear elevator sight that is dovetailed into the top of the barrel. The sight has a reversible insert with a “U” notch on one end and a “V” notch on the other with a white diamond aiming point in the center. The front sight is a tall brass b white bead dovetailed into the barrel. The top of the receiver has two sets of two drilled, tapped and filled holes for scope mounts. The top of the receiver has a matte finish to reduce glare.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with an oiled finish. The buttstock has a straight grip, a “Marlin Bullseye” in the belly, and a slightly curved black checkered plastic buttplate marked “Marlin”. The forend has a blued steel nosecap. There are no handling marks in the forend and only a very light mark on the left side of the wrist. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The buttplate shows no marks and is in Excellent condition. The stocks rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: The rifle is blued with a matte black finish on the top and bottom surfaces of the receiver and the tangs.
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Ballard rifling is sharp but shallow. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99+% of its metal finish. There are a few light handling marks in the barrel and magazine tube, a tiny mark at the top front corner of the right shoulder of the receiver and a light mark at the top front of the hammer. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Near Mint condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The lever is tight and the action is smooth. There is a lever safety and a half-cock safety position on the hammer in addition to a cross-bolt safety at the back of the receiver. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with its factory box. The box is brown cardboard with a white Styrofoam fitted interior. One end panel is correctly marked with the make, model and serial number of the rifle. There are only a few light marks on the outside of the box, but the styrofoam liner is broken in 2 locations and shows abrasions at the muzzle and hammer. The box is in about Fine Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This is a “New Model” Marlin Model 1895CB lever action rifle made with a 26” octagon barrel and full length magazine tube. The original Model 1895 rifle ceased production in 1915, and was upgraded and brought back into production in 1972. The barrel is chambered in .45-70 Govt. and has Ballard rifling, which produces tighter groups with lead bullets than Marlin’s Micro-Groove rifling. The rifle is in about Near Mint condition with only a few light marks in its surfaces. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion. The rifle comes with its factory box. This rifle is perfect for elk or black bear hunting and its fast lever action will give you a quick 2nd shot on running game if you need it. With its long barrel offering a long sight radius for improved accuracy, the rifle is also a good choice for SASS Lever Action Rifle Long Range side matches.