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I'm thinking about letting Wild West Guns rechamber & rebore my 1895 45-70 Guide to the 50 Alaskan. I have been told that the 1885 frame is the same asthe 336 frame and that it is not strong enough to be safe. What is the answer?

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differnt people have different thoughts on this. Alot of them have been built on that action and are alive and well. My buddy has one and im sure its been shot more then about any 50 alaskan in the country and its holding up fine. Rob Applegate who is a gunsmith i respect very much told me that theres no way hed every build one on a marlin action. He said he do it on a winchester or nothing.
 

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the folks at Marlin say the 1895M is a slightly stronger frame than the 1895 4570, some thing to do with thread design and heat treating I believe. if the Winchester action is stronger than the Marlin it would surprise me . I have put some realy stout 450 Marlin hand load's through my 1895M and it has shown no sign's of failure yet. if I would ever need more power I would just grab my CZ 550 safari in .458 Lott cause if that can't do it I ain't going after it anyway. I do find it interesting that Garret cartrige says that thier heavy grain (540 grain i think) hammer head in 4570 sould ONLY be used in modern Marlin1895 lever actions . Garret makes some very hot ammo ,and you better have deep pockets because thet ain't shy about the price.that said they make some of the best ammo on the planet . I have both Winchester and Marlin lever rifles and to me the Marlin's just feel tighter and less floppy. upon lock up this may not matter though.
 
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