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450 Marlin??

Does anyone have one? How do you like it? I have a 444 and like it. but would like to how if the 450 is ? Good shooter?

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Re: 450 Marlin??

i have shot a 450 marlin a few times and liked it....im a big guy so recoil has never been much of an issue but i suppose it could be for others.....

i own a 45-70 marlin and love it.

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Re: 450 Marlin??

i have a winchester 94 timber carbine 450. it is a small gun at only about 6.5 lbs and belts the crap out of me with the hornady leverevolution. but for serious slug throwing the 450 is the man. kills on one end and maims on the other.

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Re: 450 Marlin??

450 Marlinis a losser. expensive ammo and not popular so it will have limited ammo in the future.

45-70 is WAY better. Either one is WAY more than needed for pa deer.
Personally i like the 444 better than the 450 Marlin. hunting buddy has a 450 marlin, and he missed or wounds a lot of deer---not the guns fault....just too much gun for the guy (he weights 260#). recoil?
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Re: 450 Marlin??

I like the .450, it is a bruit and definitely puts animals down hard. I had a Browning BLR in it and love it. It was quite a shooter! I think I will end up with another one here in the near future.
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Re: 450 Marlin??

I do not have a 450 Marlin.

I do however have a 45-70. Very versatile caliber. Shoot anything from squirrels (where legal) to elephant with the right load.

I killed my bear with mine this year with 300 gr. Partitions.

Even with a hard rubber pad, recoil is still tolerable.

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450 Marlinis a losser. expensive ammo and not popular so it will have limited ammo in the future.
factory ammo price is about the same between 45/70 and 450. and if you buy the +P 45/70 which is loaded to 450 specs, its a lot more expensive. and if you watch the sales you can get 450 cheap. i got it for $19.50 a box last spring from sportsmans guide. i bought a case of it. now after i shot a few boxes out of my timber carbine i realize that i have enough ammo for several lifetimes.

they made a lot of 450's. browning, marlin, winchester, ruger and others so i doubt they'll be stopping making shells any time soon.
i have both the 45/70 and the 450. the 45/70 factory loads are pretty tame but more than enough for PA deer.

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Re: 450 Marlin??

If you don't reload, and you want a lever rifle for alaska bear, moose,or Africa Big Game the 450 is a perfect fit. but most of the people that go to those places like turn bolt rifles with lots of glass. I think that Marlin over estimated its market. It just duplicates the P+ 45-70, that people now can buy OTC.

The reson I wonder about ammo availability is that Marlin made the case special with a larger belt. So while it looks like a 458 cut down, you can't make cases from any other cartridge brass. the 458 2" (aka 458 American) is about the identical cartridge but based upon the 458 win mag case. Wish Marlin would have done that one.

Remington custom shop was offering the 450 Marlin in a model 700, looked great to me, 'cause the 45-70 can't work well in a bolt gun.
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Re: 450 Marlin??

I shot my largest bodied moose (one of the heaviest taken in New Hampshire in 2004) with a .450 Marlin and 350 grain Hornady's. That was the only Moose that I shot that I knew I hit it when I pulled the trigger. Normally they don't react but he reacted to that!
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Re: 450 Marlin??

amen moose!

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