Yeah, I know thats not the Tool Man...but which would you rather look at? Tim Allen or Pam Anderson in her prime....I thought so..
One of my FaceBook friends and WTA friends Jim, aka "Evil One" is an lever action enthusiast. I have never owned or really shot any lever action rifles. Why? Well, no particular reason. They really are not as popular as they once were and here in Ohio where hunting with a rifle is a no-no (only rifled slugs from a shotty) you just don't come across them too often. For "recreational" shooting much more popularity exists for semi-auto offerings it seems. Still, a lever action rifle is the equivalent of a pump action shotgun in my book, reliable and since there are no moving parts until the action is manually unlocked...the potential for more power. And talk about power...check this thing out...
The gun in question is his Marlin 995 Guide gun in .45-70.....45 what? .45-70, an old round going back to 1873 that is pure awesome to look at on paper. The nomenclature alludes to the loading of a .45 caliber bullet (nominal weight about 405gr.!) powered by 70 grains of black powder. While the use of black powder loading the round is discontinued, the name has remained. This round is capable of taking down almost any type of North American game...including Large Moose and Grizzlies. How, well lets take a look at the specs of the "standard" round...lets see now...405gr bullet traveling at 1,394 ft/sec. equals......1,748 ft/lbs of force!! Thats about 3x the power of a .357 Magnum pistol round and while at about the same amount of energy as a 5.56, weighs almost 6.6x as much! Thats a big freaking piece of lead coming at you!
And that's the standard round....Take a look at some of the specialty rounds made by Garret Cartridges (thanks for the info Jim) and it gets silly ridiculous. How about a 420gr +P load moving at 1.850 ft/sec. producing a mind blowing 3,200ft/lbs of energy! Wow! I think that might stop a bad guy..or grizzly...in its tracks!!
Here's a good video of The Ogre and Jim at the range when George puts a few downrange with it...
You got to love that thundering "BOOM" when it goes off...definitely not for the faint of heart. Now I should point out that Jim is a big boy...definitely not somebody you want to get on the bad side of with or without a gun in his hand. His tastes seem to tend to favor that bigger round... .44 Magnums, 10mm, .45-70 you get the idea. Matter of fact the only 9mm I think I have seen him write about is his Sterling 9mm sub gun from Crusader...which being both a sub gun and Crusader makes it immune to any type of taunting for its caliber anyway.
Not that I need one but its nice to know a personal howitzer is available on the market if I need it.
Just as a note, the concept of a guide gun is a short, maneuverable weapon of sufficient caliber to dispatch large game. Named after the guide that would normally carry it while accompanying his paying customer with their dedicated hunting rifles. It was to be used for making any follow up shots on wounded game to put them down finally and humanely as well as to protect the party from any large predators that may come upon the party (bears, wolves ect). Seems in these purposes that Jim's rifle would be more than adequate...as well as taking the tops of the heads off of approaching zombies of course.
12/15/2011 4:30PM Update!! Evil One Jim wasted no time responding to my post on the Hueys Gunsight FaceBook page...I stand corrected on a couple of issues...number one the type of rifle..its a Marlin 1985 STP...read below...thanks Jim!
GREAT post, I DO love my big bore lever guns.A couple of items, my rifle is a rarity.It is a Marlin 1895 STP.Marlin made 501 of them for Davidsons, and then pulled the plug.It came with Williams fiber optic "Fire Sights".These actually worked very well, but I had fallen in love with my wife Caryn's 1895 SBL. "Stainless Big Loop"When we bought hers, it came out of the box missing the rear ghost ring sight. I called marlin and requested a replacement rear sight.They sent an entire replacement XS Lever Rail system, So I went online and purchased the rear sight... not about to complain about THAT kind of customer service.Caryn has small hands, and the big loop was a PITA for her to deal with. I swapped the standard loop on mine with her big loop, fitted them and made sure everything worked perfectly.The new Lever Rail went on my STP.Now, I should probably explain what makes my rifle different from the rest of them out there.Your 1895 guide gun comes with an 18.5" barrel and a 4 shot tubular magazine.The STP, Stainless Trapper Pistol grip, comes with a 16.25" barrel and extended 5 shot tubular magazine.Before anyone says COOL!!! and runs out to buy one, be advised... you have a better chance at getting struck by lightening while giving Obama a lap dance.They made 501, most people who have them wont turn loose of them, and if they DO... it isnt pretty when you pull out your wallet.The last one I saw SELL on gunbroker brought a $1,300+ price tag, and it was pieced together from 2-3 different rifles.There is also an 1895 SDT, 16.25" barrel stainless with 4 round mag tube... also only 501 made.With the Lever Rail and big loop lever, mine is a short version of the Mighty Marlin 1895 SBL... the baddest lever gun on the planet.Caryn has the SBL, and it is one FINE shooting rifle.Those are bringing $750-1,000 last time I checked.The SBL is a brush hunters dream.18.5" Barrel, 6 round magazine, ghost ring, picatinny rail for a scout scope, stainless finish, laminate wood stock.It is just a serious, beautiful, and functional firearm.I have a couple of pictures for comparisons.The STP as it came out of the box.Mine as it came out of the box, except for big loop lever, compared to a first year modern, 1971, B0 serial numbered 1895 .45-70.After swapping levers with Caryns SBL.And in full on Monster Slayer trim.And a short video, yes... the 3rd shot snuck up on me.It has a Wild West Guns happy Trigger, about a 3 pound pull and this was the first time at the range with it.GREAT write up, and yes... you need to put some rounds downrange thru one.