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Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:55 pm    Post subject: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

I finally got a chance to get to the range today. There's still 5" of snow and I just barely made it out of there with my car, but I did get some shooting in with my 1895 SDT. I tried several different combinations of powder and bullets and found several that worked well and two in particular that I'm very pleased with. On my first trip to the range with this rifle I had an XS ghost ring sight set mounted and I was disappointed with my results. Since then I mounted a Leupold 3X scope and I'm quite a bit more pleased. Both of these targets were shot without changing the scope settings.

In this first target I have three shots fired at 50 yards using 460gr. Cast Performance Bullets over 38.0gr. of RL-7. This load had worked very well in my 22" barreled Marlin 1895 and this 16 1/4" barreled rifle seems to like them as well.


In this second target I have three shots also fired at 50 yards using 405gr. Remington SP bullets over 48.1gr. of IMR3031.


Here's a picture of the rifle with the Leupold M8-3X scope I mounted on it.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Looks like your on the right track Very Happy . Good shootin. Boy that's a short barrel, it would make a sweet brush gun.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Looks like some good loads there! I really like the looks of that stainless and laminate. Wonder what the wife would say if I got one to go with the Guide Gun I have now...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Anyone see that Shooting Times article on the new Marlin SBL Guide Gun? They compared loads from the 18" barrel of the SBL to the velocities from 26" test barrels. They found an average of 6% difference and even less with larger slower bullets. I wouldn't mind shedding even 10% velocity for the handiness of hunting in brush with that short barrel.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Good shootin' Blue!! That is a nice looking rifle. Those 45-70's are pretty dang accurate aren't they? I use mostly IMR 3031 in my 1895 22" bbl. I have used other powders but always liked the way IMR3031 performs. Smile

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

1895ss wrote:
I have used other powders but always liked the way IMR3031 performs. Smile

This is the first time I've tried IMR 3031, but you can bet it won't be my last. I also tried some 405gr. cast loads using 2400 for the first time today, but didn't care for the results. I've used RL-7, H322, H4198, Benchmark or Varget in 45/70s in the past.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

I found that when using Varget with 350 gr bullets that there was a lot of unburnt powder left in the bbl etc. but it seemed a lot better when using it with 405 gr bullets.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

My "plinking" load is a 400 grain cast bullet over Accurate 5744, for about 1400 ft/sec. Gives me around 1.5" groups at 100 yards from both Marlins.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Looks like you have a keeper there BB. Good shooting and good load development mate.

Now...you gotta tone done a little with the "M" word (Marlin). Bushy and I will never hear the end of it from that 1895essess bugger. Very Happy Very Happy Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:50 am    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

See Vince ............... Surprised there's more Marlin rifle owners around here then you think, and it seems they are really enjoying their Marlin rifles as well, so there is no need to tone it down at all........... Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:38 am    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Oh bugger....ya heard me.

Yeah, I know mate....but I can't pass up the opportunity to get a bite outa ya mate. Very Happy Very Happy Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Marlin 1895 SDT 45/70 Reply with quote

Yeah I know ............ and that's ok Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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