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Old 01-15-2013, 08:29 AM   #41
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Crazy i bet that gun was pretty pricey eh? How much do rounds go for that or do u reload?
I have about $7k in it. I built her and reloading it costs me $1.32 per round. Factory ammo starts about $70 a box up to $150 a box
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I've had a Marlin 45-70 for almost 30 years. It is the most miserable, painful rifle I've ever fired. That said, if I'm ever in bear and moose country, that's the one going with me.
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I've had a Marlin 45-70 for almost 30 years. It is the most miserable, painful rifle I've ever fired. That said, if I'm ever in bear and moose country, that's the one going with me.
Hummm I really never thought of it as painful or miserable. The 45/70 is fairly tame imho, the .300 win an such are much harder kickers than a 45/70, I have an old marlin as well an its not bad at all. Do u hot rod the chit out of them loads or??
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You're tougher than I am Mulie. Admittedly, the only other rifle I've tried that's close was a 458 Win Mag. A friend has a double rifle in 600 Nitro Express I'll try some day. But till then, the 45-70's the hardest hitter in my inventory.
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Wow thats spendy an see i still havent shot my 300 win yet i will soon
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Wow thats spendy an see i still havent shot my 300 win yet i will soon
If you haven't shot it then you better clinch em up boy cuz mossbergs kick like a hotshotted mule....the 100 atrs do anyways.
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A 45/70 is one of the more desirable guns to own. If I had the money I would jump on it myself (though I recently got a Winchester 1886 in 45/70, I have not yet fired it. Just got the dies for it last week). My son would like to get one of the Marlins though. The way I approach guns is if one comes available that I am interested in I pick it up. These days I never really look for anything, though I wouldn't turn down an opportunity at an antique musket- either Civil War or Revolutionary War era. The only gun I bought on impulse was the .454 Casull Ruger Super Redhawk. I still regret that as I paid way too much for it and it is not comfortable to shoot (for me).

You have basically three types of rifles that shoot that round, the trapdoor, lever action and Ruger #1, the latter one being the most robust and able to handle the hottest loads. A lever gun is just plain cool though, and has an advantage over the #1 because you can quickly reload if the need should arise. It makes for a good round for all big game on the N. American continent (though personally I would not pursue Grizzly in Alaska with it myself).

Marlin, have you got a pic of that rifle? Showing a pic of the cartridge is like showing a pic of a bikini with no girl in it! Bad form, sir!
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And where are my manners? Here is a link to the thread with pics of my 1886- it is post #19 that has the pics-

http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/picked-up-three-rifles-today-76236/index2.html#post1012281
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A 45/70 is one of the more desirable guns to own. If I had the money I would jump on it myself (though I recently got a Winchester 1886 in 45/70, I have not yet fired it. Just got the dies for it last week). My son would like to get one of the Marlins though. The way I approach guns is if one comes available that I am interested in I pick it up. These days I never really look for anything, though I wouldn't turn down an opportunity at an antique musket- either Civil War or Revolutionary War era. The only gun I bought on impulse was the .454 Casull Ruger Super Redhawk. I still regret that as I paid way too much for it and it is not comfortable to shoot (for me).

You have basically three types of rifles that shoot that round, the trapdoor, lever action and Ruger #1, the latter one being the most robust and able to handle the hottest loads. A lever gun is just plain cool though, and has an advantage over the #1 because you can quickly reload if the need should arise. It makes for a good round for all big game on the N. American continent (though personally I would not pursue Grizzly in Alaska with it myself).

Marlin, have you got a pic of that rifle? Showing a pic of the cartridge is like showing a pic of a bikini with no girl in it! Bad form, sir!
You know the rule, pics or it didn't happen!
Wont happen. I don't send pics of my guns for good reasons.
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A local gent here in my area loaded up some 45-70 using h110 instead of pistol powder using 45 grain charge weights. The sixth shot is what broke the marlin lever gun he was using snapping the bolt stop. They are plenty strong guns.

I use 405 and 350 grain bullets the 405 lead ones are far more accurate i load them out to around 1800fps.

I also own a 458 winmag and 458 lott rifles. As others have said once you past about .311 diameter bullets cheap doesnt really come into play. 45-70 is about the cheapest thing going in that range. There are other calibers like the 450 marlin and such but 45-70 is the grand old lady of 45 caliber rifles.

You dont HAVE to shoot screamers every time you go out i frequently download my 458 winmag well down below 45-70 levels just for a pleasent range trip. 45cal rifles are just superbly versatile in the bullet choices its a reloading
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