Re: help me choose a new gun
Not really sure what you are asking?? However all three would make a good choice. For open sighted hunting though I would probably stay with the Marlin. I would also consider the 1894 Marlin in the 45 Colt cartridge, or possibly the 44 magnum, however I prefer the 45 Colt.
The 1894 is a bit nicer rifle in my opinion over the 1895 rifle. I like the weight of the 1894, and I like the balance a bit better. I also like the straight style stock instead of the pistol grip design.
Also in a rifle the two revolver cartridge's are very effective on game.
Don't gwet me wrong. I really like the 45-70. But I prefer single shots in my 45-70's. For my lever action rifles I realy like the 45 Colt cartridge. It is cheap and easy to reload for. And the 255 grain bullet that I cast is more than adequate for any bear you would run into. Tom.