Marlin Firearms Co 1895SBL 1895 SBL 45-70 Gov’t 18.5″ Stainless Lever Rifle
SOLD FOR: $1750
Model: Model 1895 SBL
Serial Number: MR55453H
Year of Manufacture: 2009-2021
Caliber: 45-70 Government
Action Type: Lever Action Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “1895SBL”, “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. ILION, NEW YORK U.S.A. / * * * MODEL 1895 SBL – CAL. 45/70 GOVT. * * *” and a proof or assembly mark. The right side of the barrel has the “Warning”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a QR code and “MR55453H”.
Barrel Length: 18 ½”
Sights / Optics: The carbine is mounted with a factory installed XS Lever Rail, XS front sight and XS rear ghost ring sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are checkered laminated charcoal gray wood with a capped forearm and pistol grip, a fluted straight comb, sling studs front and rear, and a black basket weave Pachmayr Decelerator buttpad. There are no chips, cracks or dings in the stocks; only light handling marks. The LOP measures 13 ½” from the front of the trigger to the rear of the buttpad. The stocks rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion, just some light fouling.
Overall Condition: This carbine retains about 97% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows handling and storage marks. There are some light scratches visible on the left receiver flat and left of the barrel. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. According to the Marlin website the receiver, lever, loading gate, barrel, magazine tube and hammer block safety are stainless steel. We have not fired this carbine. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes in its original serial matching box with a slide-on limb saver buttpad, a hammer spur, and a safety lock.
Our Assessment: On display is a Marlin model 1895 SBL. With its laminated wood stocks and stainless steel construction this is a great wet and cold weather choice. It comes from the factory set up with an XS ghost ring rear sight and high visibility front sight. The Picatinny XS rail accepts a scope mounted in either the traditional place above the receiver or the forward Scout style location. The short barreled action should carry and handle well in the woods and Marlin suggests that the large lever loop works well with cold weather gloves. Loaded with some of the new Hornady LEVERevolution ammunition you can expect faster and flatter shooting ballistics than the old rainbow trajectory of traditional 45-70 Government cartridges. Win this auction and fill your freezer with the game you harvest. Please see our photos and good luck!