Sold For: $1,176.00
Serial Number: 14054559
Year of Manufacture: 1986
Caliber: 45/70 Govt.
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The left shoulder of the barrel is marked “THE MARLIN FIREARMS CO. — NORTH HAVEN, CT. U.S.A. / MOD. 1895SS MICRO-GROOVE BARREL CAL. 45/70 GOVT.” and is also marked with a “JM” proof at the rear. The right shoulder of the barrel is marked with Marlin’s two-line warning. The upper tang is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: Cut to 16.5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade that is dovetailed to a serrated riser which is screwed to the barrel. The riser is slotted for a hood that is not present. The rear sight has been removed and filled with a blank dovetail. The top of the receiver is equipped with a peep aperture sight dovetailed to a base that is screwed to the top of the receiver.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a capped forearm and pistol grip, straight comb, sling stud in the forearm cap, brown rubber Decelerator buttpad, and Marlin “bullseye” in the belly. There is a drilled and tapped hole in the belly where the sling stud once was. The wood shows some infrequently dispersed draglines and compressions with a notable impact on the right side of the buttstock. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 13 3/4” and 12 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttpad and wood, respectively. The pad shows some light scuffs and remains soft. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-Plus condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the micro-groove rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore but there is some scattered fouling on the lands.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There is faint thinning on the leading edges of the receiver and finish loss around the muzzle from the barrel being cut. There is also some light oxidation on the crown. There are some infrequent light nicks and scratches throughout the receiver and lever. The barrel and tube are relatively clean with just a hardly noticeable mark or two throughout. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine condition as modified.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and smoothly. The trigger is crisp. The receiver contains a push safety that blocks the hammer from hitting the pin. The barrel has been cut to 16.5”. The lever safety is present and functional. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a “New Model” Marlin Model 1895SS lever action rifle, originally made with a 22” round barrel and two-thirds length magazine tube. The barrel has been cut to 16.5”, likely for the purpose of SASS competition. 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 Fine condition with only a few light marks in its surfaces. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and some minor fouling which should clean out easily. 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. Please see our photos and good luck!