45-70 opinions!!

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by iftown, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. iftown

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    Anybodys opinons on a 45 70 ? Might pick up a nice marlin from a buddies gunshop.
     
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  2. ChicagoJoe

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    Do you hunt deer, bear or elk in dense woods where the shots are close?
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    The new marlins are superb 45-70's.

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  4. hiwall

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    I've shot alot of different 45-70's at ranges up to 1000 yards. It is a fine old cartridge. You can not load the Marlins too hot but still good enough for reasonable distance shots at any US hoofed game.
     
  5. iftown

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    I wana do some bear hunts i jus picked up a beautiful mossberg 300 win mag ducks unlimited edition but i still wanted somthing a little bigger thanks for the replys guys
     
  6. nitestalker

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    I would pass on the new Marlins. The Jap Winchesters are high quality rifles. The Mdl. 1886 45-70 rifles are very fine arms.
     

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  7. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I've got a Ruger No.1 in 45-70. Fine piece o' hardware. :) Overkill on a whitetail, but still a fun cartridge.
     
  8. iftown

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    See an the 45 70 at my buds shop is the new marlin sbl its like a greyish color stock its really pretty gun but jus want some feedback on it ive only owned one lever action it was a 30 30 so jus was curious on what u guys thought
     
  9. nitestalker

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    I never knew or understood over kill? I have have seen many cases of under kill! The 45-70 solids make a nice round 1/2" hole that you can eat right up to.:)
     
  10. iftown

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    Ya an i would probably do some bear hunts with it but that's it idk why i just like big guns and its reasonably priced he said he would give it to me for 550
     
  11. hiwall

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    I have shot a few of the somewhat older Marlin 45-70's and they shot fine. I've have not shot any made in the last 15 years or so. The Ruger #1's in 45-70 are a beast! You can pack the powder in those things. They can approach .458 Win loads(they do kick a bit when loaded hot with 500 grain bullets). Those Marlins with 300 or 350 grain bullets are fairly mild to shoot.
     
  12. iftown

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    See an im fairly new to the gun scene im starting to really catch on but why can one rifle shoot a hotter load then other rifles kinda like the newer marlin my buddie is tryn to get me into ?
     
  13. mdauben

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    Marlin is an old and respected name and they are famous for their lever actions. The problem is since being bought out a few years ago the have had serious QC problems with their products. I would give any "new" Marlin a very careful inspection for fit, finish and function before buying it.
     
  14. iftown

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    Would u guys recomend anything as far as a big caliber gun for decent price rather than a 45 70?
     
  15. Muliemaster

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    Have any examples of bad QA from marlin or just your typical heard it from a guy that knows this other guy. Ask marlinman why im asking that question.
     
  16. Marlinman

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    Its bc like me you've never handled a marlin-new-w these so called problems. Op the reason you can load some to higher power is bc the #1 is a rolling block ie locks up alot more solid and has less parts to break w higher pressures. Lever actions have more parts moving so more things ro break/blow apart. Ruger #1 also has ALOT more metal surrounding the cartridge in one solid piece
     
  17. iftown

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    So how many grain U think would be safe ? To shoot without beating the beast up ?
     
  18. Marlinman

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    Most companies that put out factory loads for em say if they are for lever guns or not. If your reloading ask jonM highwall or hossfly what they load to. I don't load for it. Loading books usually tell you what's safe for lever guns and what's not.
     
  19. iftown

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    Cool il have to check em out
     
  20. Marlinman

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    All have chipped in on this thread. I shoot 280 grain hornady leverlutions through mine for what its worth.