Exotic Lever Actions From Grizzly Custom Guns

When it comes to quality lever guns, Rusty S. is TFB’s resident expert-in-charge. Even so, I’ve drooled over the creations at Grizzly Custom Guns for too long to keep quiet. A mix of fine wood and steel on a classic rifle can put visions of high plains, pine trees an snow covered mountains into anyone’s head.

If I had my choice, I’d opt for one of the quick-swinging SBR packages. A short barrel, short length of pull and a reliable action would make for an awesome pack gun. A leather sling and butt-stock ammo carrier completes the setup nicely.


Grizzly Custom Guns

The Backpacker Scout (SBR) – Lever Action Package

An extremely short, fast-handling custom lever-action rifle complete with custom leather sling and butt-cuff. In addition, a Scout Scope is mounted in Leupold QRW rings, sitting on a picatinny rail. An excellent choice for whatever is chasing you in the brush. This package, and many other modifications, can be performed on virtually any Marlin lever action rifle.

Package modifications and parts include:

Shorten and re-crown barrel at 13 inches, or whatever the customer requires
Shorten magazine tube, make flush w/ 1895 style mount
Custom LPA ghost ring sight system with single post front sight
Custom enlarged lever loop
Smooth all ports, inside and out
Modify loading gate for easier loading & unloading
Leupold 2.5x Scout scope
Leupold QRW scope rings
Picatinny Rail for Scout scope
Extensive action smoothing
Stainless steel follower
Trigger job
Bobbed hammer
Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad
Custom leather butt-cuff ammunition carrier
Custom padded “Slimline” leather sling
Complete action dehorning
Bed stocks
Satin matte metal prep and bluing
ATF paperwork as required for transfer


Grizzly Custom Guns


Grizzly Custom Guns



Grizzly Custom Guns


Grizzly Custom Guns

If you are interested in a Gizzly, be prepared to wait. It looks like their backlog is about six months. And although there is no official wait list, if you send them an email you can request “call ahead seating” for your rifle. Just make sure to include the specifics on your preferred build package.

A .44Mag SBR is probably the most versatile setup, but for some reason a suppressed .45-70 is calling my  name.

Jeremiah Johnson approves:



Grizzly Custom Guns, LLC – http://www.grizzlycustom.com/index.html

325 Patterson Ranch Lane

Columbia Falls, Montana 59912




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  • Richard

    Now I really want one to compliment my Marlin 336W

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Why do I have to broke!!!

    These are true works of art. No practical purpose for myself but they are incredible.

  • FrenchKiss

    You do know that Robert Redford is a gun-grabbing commie pinko leftist, right?

    • Harry’s Holsters

      His character in the movie wasn’t. Lots of great actors are crappy people.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Yes. But don’t ruin Jeremiah Johnson for me please.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Next you’re gonna tell us he’s an actor.

  • VF 1777

    aww hell, there goes the vacation fund.

    • TVOrZ6dw

      Exactly what I was thinking, If I stay on this site much longer, I might have to work 5 years straight before I can take a vacation. Or just change the oil in my car…

  • Hinermad

    A suppressed .45-70? Isn’t that like trying to put a muzzle on an elephant?

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      No one said I’m a normal man.

    • ostiariusalpha

      .45-70 is pretty easy going, it’s when you get to .45-90 and above that they buck a little.

    • El Duderino

      C’mon…500+ grain bullet at 1000fps? Sounds like pure joy.

    • Giolli Joker

      Read it as suppressed .458 SOCOM and it won’t surprise you that much.
      Ballistically it’s about the same.

    • Rusty S.

      A horse would sure appreciate it if you were carrying it in a saddle scabbard.

  • truthsayer

    I don’t understand the enthusiasm for blowing unburned powder out a short barrel.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      When I daydream about shooting a charging Kodiak Grizzly, I always picture myself shouldering a short .45-70.

  • Kelly Jackson

    Lord hope he be a white man that finds that gun

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      For those scratching their heads, it’s a quote from the movie:

      “It is a good rifle, and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I am dead.”

  • Adam D.

    I’ve been daydreaming about these guns too.
    My eyes just water up of the thought how cool a 12″ .357 take-down SBR would be with a Silencerco Omega 9k on the end of it.
    Synthetic furniture, nitrided barrel, red dot, nice irons – but these guns can be freaking expensive. If you take all the extras mentions above a custom Marlin can run you $3500 easy without the optic of course.
    Even a set of synthetic furniture for Marlins costs 250 bucks, which is absolutely ridiculous. It’s strange that only one mfr. makes synthetic stocks for Marlins (that I know of).
    Customized leverguns are a huge money-pit.

    • Giolli Joker

      And that manufacturer is?

      • Adam D.

        No mfr. makes factory take-down lever actions with the beforementioned specs, only custom shops.
        A workshop called Wild West Guns makes accurised stainless take-downs with optional nitrided barrels/actions. Very nice and very expensive guns.

        Another option for these custom lever actions is Grizzly Custom,
        the topic of the blog post, their guns are not cheap either.

        There’s one more company I know of making similar modernized leverguns, Big Horn Armory. They don’t do take-downs, but they chamber guns for .500 S&W, .416 S&W and .454 Casull.
        Their prices are even higher, in the $3000-4900 range.

        • Giolli Joker

          Sorry, I meant the manufacturer of synthetic stocks.

  • gusto

    look at the first pic

    I was under the assumption the grain should always go lateraly?

    • retfed

      I noticed the same thing about the grain.
      But, no black plastic stock? No rails? How did it get on this site?

  • Rusty S.

    Great article, Pete! I may have to send an old .44 of mine their way for that SBR package. Looks awesome.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Don’t forget the review!

  • BigR

    Who gives a damn about robert redford’s approval! He’s a big time commie, like his girlfriend jane fonda!

  • dltaylor51

    My model 1894 SRC in 38-55 is as handy and as fast handling as it gets and it hits hard also,with a 13” barrel your going to burn your whiskers off from the fireball from all that unburned powder.