At Ranger Point, we have done many, many action jobs on Marlin leverguns. One of the first things customers ask us to address is the overly stiff, and often sharp edged, factory loading gate spring. Everyone knows the factory loading gate can make loading ammo into the rifle a difficult and unpleasant task.
The RPP Flyweight Loading Gate greatly reduces the effort required to stoke your Marlin. It's a masterfully tuned, competition grade part right out of the gate.
Starting with a massive reduction in spring weight, the RPP gate requires only about 1.5 lbs. of force to open fully, while the factory loading gate can require in excess of 5 lbs.
Next, we redesigned the loading gate to offer substantially more clearance for cartridges, further reducing load effort. This is a significant benefit when loading fat, straight wall ammo like the Marlin 444. In fact, during testing we discovered that we could load a .444 dummy through the gate of a typical Marlin 336 .30-30, without benefit of the Model 444's magazine tube clearance bulge. That's first class leg room!
Finally, we paid very careful attention to the inside "feed lip" area of the gate, optimizing geometry to ease gate opening against an on-deck round, and offer smooth feeding, with perfect case head control. With every gate precisely CNC machined from solid bar stock and hand polished, consistent results are assured.
Material is 7057-T6 aluminum, the strongest grade available. Engineered for highly stressed air frames, 7057 has extraordinary fatigue strength for thousands of flex cycles without failure. When anodized, it has a surface hardness exceeding hardened steel, for excellent wear properties.
RPP Flyweight Loading Gate Features:
* Spring weight reduced by up to 70%
* No tuning required, saving you time and hassle
* Greatly increased cartridge clearance
* No knife sharp edges
* Easy loading and smooth, reliable feeding
* Precisely machined from 7075 billet and hard anodized for extreme durability
* Available in black, brass or brushed natural finish to match stainless rifles
* 10-15 minute installation time
A couple of good screwdrivers is all that's needed.
The gun will need to be partially disassembled - just go slo, and remember that each screw needs to return to it's original home, so get a piece of cardboard box, draw an approximation of the receiver on it, and poke a hole in your drawing where each screw can rest until reassembly.
1) Clear the rifle & ensure the chamber and magazine are EMPTY.
2) Unscrew/remove the tang screw from the upper/rear receiver tang, and pull off the buttstock to the rear.
3) Partially open bolt/lever, remove lever pivot screw and slide lever out of the bottom of the receiver (no need to remove bolt)
4) De-cock the hammer with the safety disengaged. Push forward on the hammer spring bridge and pull or push out one side of its groove. This will free the hammer spring
5) Remove hammer pivot screw, bottom trigger plate screw and side support screws to free the trigger plate from the receiver.
6) Remove the trigger plate / lower tang from the bottom of the receiver (some gentle prying may be needed).
7) Pull the locking lug out of the bottom of the receiver and swing the carrier out of the receiver (no need to remove the carrier pivot screw)
8) Unscrew the loading gate spring (1” behind he loading gate opening) and install the new gate and screw it in
Reassemble in reverse order.
22 Reviews Hide Reviews Show Reviews
Purchased the loading gate (brass) for my marlin 30-30 easy install and great product makes loading the rifle very easy! Highly recommend product to anyone
Why is this not the default loading gate. Works better than i hoped for on my 1895.
This is the best thing you can do to a Marlin lever gun. I love it and would buy again.
I always knew the loading gates on Marlin lever guns were tough. My 336 is bad, but my 1894 is truly horrendous! I thought they were the price you paid to run an otherwise wonderful gun. I bought the Ranger Point Flyweight and installed it myself. Easy job, especially after watching the video on the website. The change is amazing! If you own a Marlin lever gun, you owe it to yourself to get this and install it yourself.
Installed on a Marlin 1895. I can't believe how much smoother and easier it is on my thumbs now. I can even unload from the gate now as well. Although the clear anodized looks great with stainless steel, I would give this product 10 stars if they could make it better match the shininess of the 1895 SBL loading gate. Easily my favorite upgrade so far. Thank you.
This part is a HUGE improvement over the ridiculously stiff factory spring on my Model 1894. Easy to install and the video was a big help.
Just a Great part. Makes my loading and unloading very easy. No cut finger nails or pinch thumb.
I picked up three of the Ranger Point Precision (RPP) fly-weight loading gates a couple of months ago. Promised easier load, less finger pinch, and RPP delivered on the promise. Verified the feed with dummy loads. Recommended. Don't forget the blue loctite. I thread the screw most of the way in then squeeze the blue loctite so it stays mostly at the top of screw. For those that use red loctite, shame on you!!!
The factory Marlin loading gate is extremely stiff and I found that quick loading could deform soft lead hollow points. The Ranger Point aluminum gate solves the problem. Great product and a great fix. Wild West Guns in Las Vegas installed it in in less than 15 minutes. Excellent customer service with Marlin and Wild West Guns.
Received mine and installed in my 450 Marlin. It is worth every penny. Loading and unloading is a breeze.
I don't really consider the factory loading gate a problem, but, my Lady did... I installed these on my 336W, 308MX and 1895G and now she loves to shoot these rifles... Her only complaint before was pinching her finger in the loading gate...
Thanks for making me a Hero today!
So, I think I must have a newer design of feed ramp on my Marlin (It is new) and the ramp is a bit stiff, but it was getting easier, or I was getting used to it. The Ranger Gate needed a tiny bit of fitting as it was snagging on the receiver (Marlin machine burrs), and is lighter and easier to use, but not as much as I thought it would be. I am keeping it in there but I think it needs a bit of break in, especially on the inside face where it needs to run across the loaded round rim. It's a bit sticky there.