Originally Posted by mseric
I don't own a 45-70 or even a lever gun. Never found the need or desire, until now.
I feel I should have at least one rifle that shoots lead bullets well. I'm thinkin a Marlin in 45-70 is right up my ally, but I don't know much about these rifles or the cartridge. I could use some help.
Besides being belted instead of rimmed and 100fps, what is the difference between 450 Marlin and the 45-70? Does one feed better or worse than the other?
Help me decide.
The marlin 1895 is a great rifle. Highly recommend it. I use their 1895gbl. If your looking for a lead bullet shooter the newer marlins are better than the old microgroove jm stamped marlins as the new ones use cut rifling or ballard style.
The difference is that max bit more juice you get with the 450. The problem with the 450 is its almost extinct as a cartridge hard to find ammo and brass.
Most of the factory shelf ammo for the 45-70 is pretty weak barely better than 357mag. You dont get good reaults with a 45-70 unless you handload. Its one of those rounds you need to load for anyway as the price of shelf ammo is ridiculously high for under powered junk.