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Hey Folks,

I do not know what Matt was looking at, but I got a Marlin 1895 Cowboy 45-70 with a 26 inch octagon barrel about six or so weeks ago. The wood is absolutely beautiful walnut with some really fine tiger lines in the rear stock. The rear sight was lousy for shooting more than 100 yards, so I installed a Lyman #2 tang sight.  I intend to put a folding rear sight in place of the original. It shoots like a dream with the new sight, and anyone who has looked at it has gotten a big smile and asked to shoulder it.

Several years ago, I bought the Marlin 1894 Cowboy in 44 mag with a 24 inch octagon barrel. It is also a beautiful gun, and I do not know of anyone who has been dissatisfied with either of the Marlin Cowboys. However, the problem I had with the rear sight seems to be a common complaint, and the 1894 models seem to be somewhat picky if they are fed shorter cartridges (such as a 44 special instead of a 44 mag), but I have not heard of anyone wanting to get rid of their Cowboys.

Best wishes,
Dave Wile
 
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