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Big Bore Marlin- which one?

Well I decided I want a big bore Marlin lever action with the 18.5" barrel. Which caliber would you guys get, 444,450, or 45/70?I seem to be leaning towards the 45/70, but want a few opinions and pros and cons before I pull the trigger,so to speak.Thanks for any input. Don

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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

I personally like the .450 out of all of them, but the 45/70 will give you better factory ammo options. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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I have both 45/70 and the 444.....I think that it would come down to personal preference, the two are so close in performance.
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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

I have a 444, and my buddy shoots a 45/70. I rarely shoot the 444, where the 45/70 has become my buddies primary gun. I like the way the 45/70 handles a little better.

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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

I have the 45/70 and the 450. I prefer the 450. Don't really know why, I just do. If you don't reload there are just alot more options with the 45/70. If you really can't decide, buy both....that is what I did.

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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

The Guide Guns, among other with the shorter 18.5" barrels are nice 'n easy to carry in heavy brush. I have the 1895XLR with a 24" barrel and I've never found it to be too long or awkward to carry around or shoot.

Mine is in 45-70 and it's really accurate. It will cloverleaf the solid lead 405 grain bullets at 100 yards...and for whitetails, you do not need an expanding bullet.

I've shot several big doe with this gun and not had one run farther than 50 or 60 yards, with most dropping right where they stood.

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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

Is factory ammo loaded kinda weak for the 45/70? I've read that it is because of the older rifles out there.Sorry about all the questions,but I want to learn as much as I can before I spend a bunch of money.

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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

well marlin is discontinuing the 450.i have a 45/70 and love it.
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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

I load the minimum of 40gr. of RL-7 under a Cast Performance 405 grain bullet, which gives me a MV of 1533. Between the muzzle and 100 yards, that's plenty of "juice" to kill any whitetail that walks in Pa.
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Re: Big Bore Marlin- which one?

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Is factory ammo loaded kinda weak for the 45/70? I've read that it is because of the older rifles out there.Sorry about all the questions,but I want to learn as much as I can before I spend a bunch of money.
Depends onm what you buy. Some loads have warnings on the box that they can only be fored from certain guns. Buffallo Bore makes some stout loads. So does Cor-Bon. These tend to be a little pricy.

Course you could always just go with the regular 405 gr factory loads. Most people I've known over the years just use those. Unless you are hunting some huge gnarly beast most game wouldn't know the difference inside of 100 yards. Plus the bullets are designed for the lower velocity.

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