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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
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.