Marlin and Ruger Happy to Announce the Return of the Marlin 1895 BSL!

The new Ruger-made Marlin 1895 SBL rifles are back in production and are now shipping! (Photo: Marlin)

Ruger just announced that their new-production Marlin lever-action Model 1895 SBL rifles are now shipping. Chambered for .45-70, these big-bore rifles were a core offering from Marlin until, under Remington, the company was forced to suspend production following financial problems.

“Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is pleased to announce the initial production and shipment of Ruger-made, Marlin lever-action rifles,” said Ruger in the announcement. “Just over a year after acquiring the assets associated with the Marlin brand, Ruger is shipping the first Marlin model, the 1895 SBL chambered in .45-70.”

“We are excited to officially flip the switch and let our customers know that Marlin is back,” said Ruger President and CEO, Chris Killoy. “Since the move of over 100 truckloads of equipment and inventory back in November 2020, our engineering team took the 1895 through a complete design and production review focused on achieving the highest quality, accuracy, and performance standards.”

“The end result is a quality rifle, produced using modern manufacturing methods, that consumers will be sure to enjoy and proud to own,” he said.

“Being a long-time Marlin fan, I knew that we needed to take our time and make sure that our reintroduction was nothing short of perfect,” added Killoy. “From the quality of the firearm, to clear ways for consumers to differentiate Ruger-made Marlins, we focused on getting every detail right.”

The BSL was a core product in Marlin’s catalog, and will continue to be going forward. (Photo: Marlin)

Ruger-made marlins will have RM serial number prefixes and are marked “Mayodan, NC.” They also have the Marlin “Horse and Rider” logo laser-engraved on the grips, and the stocks will bear red and white “Bullseye” crests.

Ruger plans on adding other versions of the Model 1895 to the Marlin catalog through 2022, and expects to return the Model 336 and Model 1894 into production as well.

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The Model 1895 SBL is a big loop version with a stainless steel construction. It’s a modern take designed to ring steel and take game in all conditions.

The SBL features a Picatinny rail on the receiver that extends over the barrel to accommodate a wide range of optics and accessories, but it also has a large aperture rear sight and bright fiber optic front sight, standard. Additionally, the muzzle is threaded for use with brakes, compensators and suppressors.

It has a 6+1-round capacity, weighs just under 7.5 pounds, and has a 19-inch cold hammer-forged stainless steel barrel. The suggested price is $1,399. For more information visit Marlin Firearms today.

Out of the box or with a sling and optic, the Model 1895 BSL is range-ready. (Photo: Marlin)

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About the author: Max Slowik is a writer with over a dozen years of experience and is a lifelong shooter. He has unwavering support for the Second Amendment and the human right to self-defense. Like Thomas Paine, he’s a journalist by profession and a propagandist by inclination.

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  • Kent Sowdeer January 1, 2022, 1:19 am

    Please bring back the 450 Marlin

  • Stan December 27, 2021, 11:32 am

    I want one in 44 mag. cal. And 357\38 cal.

  • Tim Jackson December 27, 2021, 10:59 am

    Would love to have one if it was in a .444 Marlin.

  • Doug S December 26, 2021, 6:07 pm

    I’ve owned a Marlin 1895 .450 for years now and am hoping it comes back in to production as Hornady 450 is impossible to find. Any chance?

  • Bill December 25, 2021, 9:09 pm

    SBL or BSL?

  • patrick owen beatty December 25, 2021, 7:10 pm

    I think its a shame all of the gun Mfg. folks are putting synthetic stocks on their firearms and not walnut. The young folks want stainless steel and synthetic so they can leave their firearm in the boat or in the stand. Old people like me who read Jack o’connor in the 50s loved a pretty piece of wood on our guns.

  • Roy December 25, 2021, 4:55 pm

    I’m ready and waiting.

  • Bob Stickney December 25, 2021, 4:06 pm

    That’s 500.00 more than I paid for mine. The lever is always dropping open and exposing the round in the chamber. I t used to be my go to when out in the bush but I carry my 12 gauge instead

  • Tim December 25, 2021, 5:25 am

    I am delighted to see Marlin lever actions being manufactured again. I hope Ruger keeps quality control at the forefront and the rifles are just as accurate as the old original Marlins. I have an old Marlin 1895 45-70. I can’t wait to get my hands on a Ruger made 1894 in 44 mag, 357 mag and 45 colt.

  • DD December 24, 2021, 9:28 pm

    Looks like it still has the stupid politician safety button on it. I will not buy one until that safety button is gone. You do not need a safety button on a Lever gun. They will fail again until they are brought back to their original configuration. Adding safety buttons to lever guns is insulting. Ruger can’t seem to get the capacity right on their 22’s so I don’t expect them to get their lever guns right. F**k Rarlin, I’ll buy Henry’s

  • Steve December 24, 2021, 7:41 pm

    I’m glad Ruger saved Marlin and will be reintroducing the great Marlin lever action rifles they are so famous for. But $1400 for a lever action? You’ve got to be kidding, right? Sure as hell glad I have an original Marlin 1895 Guide Gun, that I paid less than 50% of what Ruger is asking. Ruger needs to reevaluate their pricing or they won’t be selling many, if any of these great hunting rifles!!

  • Ed Schrade December 24, 2021, 5:18 pm

    Would like to have a steel, 1894 model, octagnal , 357 mag. You used to be able to get a Marlin for a decent price but when the investors that had Remington bought them out the pricing went to hell. Now Ruger is trying to match the overpriced Henry rifles.

  • LP December 24, 2021, 5:00 pm

    Yikes! Bought a Remlin version last year for $600 at Academy. Was the display model but even if the go $1200 it a little pricey.

  • Robin Patty December 24, 2021, 4:00 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this and a couple of 1894s ever since I heard that Ruger owned Marlin. Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these, I have ammo in this caliber and need a gun to go with it.

  • joe jensen December 24, 2021, 3:44 pm

    I have used Marlins for about 54 years , Shot many WI. whitetails with the old 336 30-30 carbine. I wanted to put a scope on it but the gun smith talked me out of it , said it was to nice to drill into, so I bought a used one that was made in the 1970s and put a red field 2-7 wide field scope on it . Also shot many a deer with it. I load it with Hornady FTX 160 gr. bullets. Also have a old Model 1892 in .32 colt long. I have used the Winchester 94 and prefer Marlins over them. I an happy the great name of Marlin is being upheld.

  • MeSeaHunt December 24, 2021, 2:55 pm

    It is an awesome long gun…. u gotta have a good strong shoulder when squeezing the blade other then that a good piece of glass is required for the end result of chow on the table!!

  • Story Time David December 24, 2021, 2:49 pm

    It is good to see that Ruger is keeping the Marlin name and brand type alive.
    I have an old late 1800’s 1895 Marlin in 40-82 caliber that has been in the family since it was new which has now been passed down to me that I can hopefully keep passing it along the family line as well. I also have a 1894 Marlin in 44 Mag that I bought new in the 1990’s.
    Both of them suffered from the famous Marlin jam. If you touch the trigger at all while the lever is back it James up to where you have to remove the trigger guard screw pull the lever out then the bolt and then carefully put it back together.
    Original 1895’s from the old days are just like 1894’s currently, the new 1895’s are different and I have one of those in 30-30 that has never had that problem.
    The fix is on the old 1893’s, 1895’s and newer 1894’s is take them apart, (which is super easy compared to a
    Winchester 1892/94) clean off any metal burrs and clean up the action then lubricate it with good grease and like breakfree/ triflow/ CLP and mine run perfectly now with no jamming no matter how much you mess with the trigger when the lever is open.
    I have a pre 64 Winchester 1992 and 94’s and disassembling and reassembling them is much more involved.
    Most people don’t know this but in a real pinch you might be able to shoot 45 Long Colt out of a 45-70 lever action and with a new made trapdoor Springfield in 45-70 in an emergency situation you can fire from 45 auto rim to 455 Webley to 45-50,45-60,45-90, 45 Scholfield and even 410 shotguns shells/ slugs.

  • William D Huls December 24, 2021, 2:18 pm

    I wanted to get one of these and a guy could’ve got one for $900 a couple years back. They’ll probably go for $1200 now. Maybe if a guy waits a little, it’ll come down to $1000 on sale somewhere in the future. Anyway, I’m hoping that’s what happens. It’s a nice looking gun and I still want to purchase one.

  • Ken December 24, 2021, 1:49 pm

    Why on earth did they keep the ridiculous safety and not use a transfer bar? And at $1400 it’s a no.. But if you must have an RM enjoy

  • Mike in a Truck December 24, 2021, 1:32 pm

    Like I need this. I have Marlin Marlins. I have Remington Marlins ( Remlin? Martiington?) But I dont have a Ruger Marlin. Sigh. Guess Im gonna have to get one.

  • DONALD CROCKER December 24, 2021, 1:30 pm

    I have been waiting all year for these Ruger, Marlins. Hoping the wouldn’t be as pricey as the Henry’s. No such luck! They seem to be more pricey in fact!

  • 1976 December 24, 2021, 1:20 pm

    That tricky lever can be fixed by a gunsmith w a set of files. Or it’s a broken part which is a really simple fix for a gunsmith. I would say take it apart and fix it yourself but there are some pretty tough springs in a lever. As a beginner armorerI took a lever action apart, it took me several months to figure out how to put it back together but good luck find a good gun Smith and they should be able to fix that no problem. Should be able to find schematics at Numeric gun parts or buy a NRA assembly disassembly manual for rifles and shotguns.

    To comment on the article, what’s the deal w 45-70? I grew up shooting a big old lever in this caliber, but switched to .444 because I shoot that in pistol as well and also cast bullets. I mean the buffaloes were slaughtered and there are no dinosaurs, so how does this old round stick around lol. Thanks to the author, appreciate yer time. Merry Hollidays!

  • Rotaman December 24, 2021, 1:19 pm

    I want one! Ruger makes great guns and has outstanding customer service.

  • BigD_Mich December 24, 2021, 1:08 pm

    Looks nicely made, but $1400? Hmm

    • m December 27, 2021, 2:49 am

      $1400 is MSRP, under $1k street price which is pretty close to the Marlin made street price.

  • Daniel P Fogarty December 24, 2021, 12:40 pm

    I’m glad Ruger is saving Marlin’s lever guns, but too pricey.

  • Dennis kerr December 24, 2021, 11:42 am

    I’m looking to see the new Marlin 336 in 35cal ???

  • Larry Montross December 24, 2021, 6:48 am

    I bought a Marlin 1894 44 cal 5 yrs ago and the lever action will catch and the only way to cock it is to push down on hammer then it will cock.Only shot about 30 shells.Just can’t trust it

    • Tracy December 24, 2021, 6:33 pm

      Your Marlin is commonly referred to as a Remlin and a Prime example of why Remington built Marlins have a poor reputation.
      I have a 336Y Remlin that has been good, although I did have to smooth out the action a little to make it run easier.

  • Danny Young December 23, 2021, 10:42 pm

    I want to purchase one of these after the first of the year. Where can I get one in Central Mo. ?

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