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Does anyone have experience replacing the lever on a Guide Gun?
I called Marlin yesterday about buying a replacement lever for the GG, was told that the part could only be shipped to an FFL and that it would require "some smithing" to install properly.
The project is to replace the strait walnut stock on a 1895GS with a standard 1895 pistol grip stock and change out the small and uncomfortable square back lever with the lever that comes on the SBL.

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[The project is to replace the strait walnut stock on a 1895GS with a standard 1895 pistol grip stock and change out the small and uncomfortable square back lever with the lever that comes on the SBL.]

That's a good plan, if incomplete - which is most likely why Marlin/Remington's lawyers advise them to ship to an FFL ( CYA).

The "incomplete" part is that the lower receiver/bottom metal also needs to be changed from the smaller straight grip type to the larger/curved pistol-grip type - including changing over all the attached trigger parts.

That's why many folks comtemplating the change look for a like-minded Marlin owner that wants to change their rifle the opposite way, and simply swap the entire lower unit/stock/lever.

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I did exactly that upgrade last year with all-factory parts from Numrich. By the way, YMMV, but to me it made a huge difference in how the rifle handles with heavy loads.

Does anyone have experience replacing the lever on a Guide Gun?
I called Marlin yesterday about buying a replacement lever for the GG, was told that the part could only be shipped to an FFL and that it would require "some smithing" to install properly.
The project is to replace the strait walnut stock on a 1895GS with a standard 1895 pistol grip stock and change out the small and uncomfortable square back lever with the lever that comes on the SBL.

Thanks for your input
 

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Thanks for the input. I solved the problem in the very best way, I just bought another rifle.
Bought a 1895 SDG. It's the effect (feel) I was looking for with the obvious benefit of a new gun safe resident.
 

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[I solved the problem in the very best way, I just bought another rifle.]

BRILLIANT ! ! - I love it ! :p

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I did the same thing last week. I sold my 1895GS and bought the Davidson limited 1895. The accuracy of these short barreled guns just amazes me. I took my new SDG to the range the other day to sight it in and since the first three shots (100yds, open sight) could be covered by a quarter I didn't need to adjust anything (see targets below).

While at the range, I shot a group from my 25/06. The scope on this gun had been bumped out of alignment on my last hunt so I wanted to see where it was at on target. The reason I mention this is because I will include both targets so that folks can see the difference between a group shot from a 18 1/2" barreled, open sight, 405 grain hand loaded 45/70 Marlin vs. a 24" barrel 110 gr. hand loaded 25/06 Browning X-Bolt shooting through a $800 14x long range scope, both at 100yds. Bear in mind that I have tried lots of different bullet/powder combos to get the Browning to shoot even this well (not done trying yet) and the Marlin shot better straight out of the box with no scope.

One last little tid bit on these two calibers just for fun. I shot 2 black bears this past season(one spring, one fall). Both were large boars. The first I shot with the 110 grain Accubond at about 75 yards, a pass through the chest. I wasn't really sure I had hit this bear until he fell over dead after running about 35 yards (shot the aorta off of the top of the heart). The next bear I shot with the 405 gr cast lead bullet at about 125 yards. I hit this one high in the back. He was on a steep hill and when he was hit he literally rolled up hill before rolling down. Lots of energy in these big, slow pieces of lead.
 

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