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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Driving Gun Question

I, just like all you, know it is not as much what gun you are shooting but shot placement is the key. With that being said I have a self debate every year as to which gun I want to take for days 2,3 of the season when our camp drives. Looking for opinions/advice for me. 760 30.06 w/ 180 grain soft points or a marlin 45.70 w/ 300 grainers. Well the 45.70 is almost twice the lead it is 900 ft/sec slower and almost 900 less ft lbs. As I said I know placement is key but just wondering others thoughts.

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i have killed on the drive before and i carry a 44 red hawk or if a rifle is my choice it would be anything with open sights.my personal opinion is as long as its 30 caliber it will be enough
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I love to shoot deer with my Marlin 45-70 using a lead FN 405gr. bullet. No expansion so with a good shot placement, no damage to the meat.

The best part is.....there isn't a blood trail longer than 20 or 30 yards to follow at most....and usually none at all as when that bullet hit's 'em....it's bang....flop.

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I would definitely choose the 45/70 over the '06 for a driving gun.

You may want to re-think the 350 gr. loads in favor of a 405 or 500 grain load. In your Marlin, you are not limited to the factory Green Box loads running at 1873 Trapdoor pressures. Although a bit more costly, Buffalo Bore (and others) load higher pressure 45/70's to modern gun pressures and they are HAMMERS. You will easily exced '06 energies with these.............although the momentum is more critical IMHO.

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I would chose the lightest and shortest firearm for driving being they both work.

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Which one do you handle quicker? Which has the better sighting system for quick shots?

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Re: Driving Gun Question

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i have killed on the drive before and i carry a 44 red hawk or if a rifle is my choice it would be anything with open sights.my personal opinion is as long as its 30 caliber it will be enough
Up until last year, I would of agreed with you 100%.
I'll admit that at 65 years of age the old eye sight isn't what it once was but.
I was flanking/ driving a old logging last year on one of our drives. As I cleared the thick mountain laurel I was able to see the 150 yards, is that a bear or burned out stump, it moved. The peep on the 7600 covered most of the bear, a 140 # FD, the driver to my right killed it, I fired but the bear took off.
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I shot both rifles well, and get on target easily w/ see thru mounts. I am sure I can get second and third shot fast w/ the pump than the lever, if needed.
I have tried the 405 grainers but the 300HP hold a better group, I also tried the Hornady lever revolution but they do not want to feed right. I have never tried any of the other loads out of the 45.70

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whichever is shoter and handles better....
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Driving some of those bear swamps I wish my 24in Encore was 20in shorter!!! LOL

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