Originally Posted by tdd
Yes, focus on pre-Remington. I am half-looking for one myself, and I was a complete MO-RON and let go a ported Marlin in 45-70 looking new, at Cabela's used rack, marked for $475. Yes, I'm a little slow.
That is/was an awesome deal, I am not sure I would want a ported barrel though.
The 45/70 is not a target/bench gun, atleast it wont be used that way by me, it will be a hunting gun. While hunting, especially bear hunting, hearing protection isnt my first thought and I have tried wearing hearing protection while hunting; it ends in one of 2 ways A) I shove the ear plugs in my backpack after dropping them 50times during the first 100yds of a bear drive or B)I flat out forget to put them on/in my ears when a shot presents itself. As for the main thing a suppresor is supposed to do, reduce felt recoil and muzzle jump, when shooting at game I've never met a single person who feels or remembers feeling the recoil of the shot. If I was better at remembering my ear protection or had a better kind of ear protection to use, I would definitely consider a ported barrel....but at this time I will likely be seeking out non ported guns.
It is funny my buddy and I were having this same convo last night when I first brought up this idea of swapping guns, and when I told him the gun I was thinking of he turned the convo straight to ported vs. non ported. His favorite caliber is a 7mm mag, he has multiple guns chambered in it, but only shoots 2 of them while the third, which just so happens to be stainless 700 with a beautiful leupold scope and likely the most expensive of the three guns and undoubtedly when he bought it thought it would be the most used of the three, simply sets in the corner collecting dust and he say's the gun hasnt even had a full box of ammo run through it!!! He say's that with the porting on that gun it is unbarable to shoot without hearing protection, it is still noticeably loud with even "muff" style ear protection being worn, and the muzzle blast is insane; meaning this near $2,000 setup has never seen the woods and has only ever seen the range once for about 7 shells!!! I have done my research into videos/reviews online/youtube of the ported vs. non ported 45/70 marlins, and while you can tell a slight difference off the bench of muzzle rise between the two what is more noticeable in the videos is the muzzle blast and noise are much greater on the ported guns; I know I can handle the recoil, for extended range time I can pull out the sissy sled (AKA Lead Sled) if need be, but I know if this gun makes my ears bleed or blinds me when pulling the trigger it will get utilized even less than the .300