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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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question about .45 caliber rifles

I am thinking about getting another rifle, which gives much happiness to the W 1 FE unit, but that is beside the point. What I am looking at are three calibers: .45-70, .444 Marlin, and .450 Marlin. I will probably purchase one of Marlin's 1895 models. Any thoughts as to which would be best? So far, the biggest difference seems to be the cost for rounds, with the two Marlin calibers being over $30/box and the .45-70 being in the $22/box range.
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I'd go .45-70. you can load it mild to wild. If you're not really into reloading, you can buy the lee kits for like $25 and they have everything you need to load rounds individualy. Really neat and fun to do. It's the most versatile of the three as well as most readily available. When I first started hunting, I was torn between a .280rem and a .30-06. My friend told me, "if you make it up to camp and forget your ammunition at home, which caliber do you think your friends or the local store will have?" I went with the .30-06.

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Re: question about .45 caliber rifles

George, I bought a Marlin 45-70 1895 Guide gun from a member on this website. It really shoots well. I just bought some Hornady Leverevolution ammo for it which I haven tried yet but the man I bought it from had it sighted in for it. I have shot Rem soft nose and Win hollow points through it and they are right on the money. I am going to use it in deer season this year even though it is a bit of overkill. I bought it mainly for Hogs and in case I ever get lucky and draw an elk tag, that and I always wanted one.




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Re: question about .45 caliber rifles

Your last given reason is more than enough for me, John. I'm not sure my W 1 FE unit will agree, but what she doesn't know won't hurt her. Me maybe, but not her.
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The .450 does no more than a properly loaded .45-70 and the .444 can't do as much as the other two. Go 45-70.
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my uncle has a marlin 1895 in the 450marlin he like the gun and the round but wishes he had gone with the 45-70 now main reason being cost of ammo and limited ammo to choose from in the 450

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I would go with the 45/70 Govt. you can tailor your loads any way you want.

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yinz guys confirmed my thinking on the subject. I will go with the old .45-70.
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George, I have a 45/70 H&R Buffalo Classic and wouldn`t trade it for anything in the world!! So versitile, it`s silly. next 45/70 will be a Trapdoor or Marlin 45/70 Cowboy with the octagon 26 inch barrel, probably used though as they are really over priced now. Of course the Trapdoor will be over 100 years old

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I've been wanting a 45/70 guide gun for a long time. Just could never justify buying one.

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