Is there any reason to own a .45-70?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by Dr. Marneaus, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    I dont hunt, plain and simple (although when I relocate, I would like to).

    I know the .45-70 is basically used for only hunting purposes now-a-days, especially short distance hunting, due to wonderful ballistics, haha.

    I'm all into lever guns now that I bought a little bitty Henry .22, and want to expand the lever collection.

    I figure in the future, .45-70 would be a useful caliber to own, due to its ability to repetitively easily take down pretty much anything on this continent, and then some. Not to mention, I'm sure it'd stop a 2 legged predator from a good distance.

    Also, it seems like .45-70 is a very easy and popular caliber to reload as well, which would be good.

    I'd like to expand my collection to have useful rifles for a not-so-happy future, shotgun (defense), a defense rifle (some semi auto), .22 for small game, pistols for carry, and then something in a larger caliber for hunting.

    I've been in love with the marlin Guide gun for some time now.

    I don't know if there's any reason for me to own this caliber, maybe i jsut want another lever gun that'll go "BOOM" and be fun (albeit expensive) to shoot around with.
     
  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    Seems like you have enough reasons to own one to me.

    For hunting, the 45-70 Gov't can not only drop any big game around, but it can also punch through just about anything. Where I hunt, the woods can get pretty thick. Rarely is there a "clear" shot with out some kind of sapling or small bush where the big trees aren't. If my state allowed rifle hunting for big game, I would love to have a 45-70 for that purpose. For now, I just have to do with a 12 ga.
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I have owned two Marlin 45/70's, an 1895 Limited and an 1895SS. You will find they have slightly more recoil than your Henry .22 has. ;)

    Ammunition is somewhat expensive, but you don't plink with a 45/70, so it all works out. If you're going to reload for it, you'll do fine.

    The 45/70 is a short range rifle that is outstanding at 50-75 yards, but 100-150 yds. is stretching it a bit. At 100+ yds, you may want to start lobbing the bullets at the target.

    Get one, there's nothing else like them. They're are really fun to shoot and they shoot with authority. If I still had disposable income, I wouldn't be without one. :cool:
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a Guide Gun and love it! It is an early one with the ported barrel. I can hit a B-27 all day long at 400 yards. With my handload using my own super hard cast 340gr flat point exiting the muzzle at 2100 fps, I would no feel undergunned anywhere except (maybe) southern Africa. Recoil with this load is severe. With MMP sabots and a 200gr .40 cal bullet @ 2000fps it is a sweetheart to shoot and is perfect for coyotes.

    It took me many years to get around to buying a .45-70, but I have not regretted it for a minute.
     
  5. cpttango30

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    I love marlin lever guns of old. I would get a sharps in 45-70 or 45-90 if I could afford one.
     
  6. LotzORemmies

    LotzORemmies New Member

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    HAHAHAhahhaha, awesome.
     
  7. Zacsquatch

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    The moose around here fear them.. Unless more than 200 yards off... 30-30's have no use up here, so somebody figured a 45-70 should just be a bigger version with similar ballistics, haha.
     
  8. Dr. Marneaus

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    I should also mention that I do not reload, but I plan to once I get a job, haha.

    So, I dont hunt and I dont reload, but I will do both of those within the next few years.

    I just seem to be having a love affair with lever guns, and want something that'll pack some punch.

    And yes, obviously it's not a plinker, but i think it's be fun to shoot around with on occasion!

    Wait, more recoil than a .22? Nevermind...maybe I dont want one ;-)

    (on a side note, my girlfriend bought me the .22 lever, and I tried to convince her to just put the money towards a .45-70....she entertained the idea until i showed her a round of .45-70....then she changed her mind, haha)
     
  9. pioneer461

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    I can think of no reason NOT to own one if you want one.
     
  10. wolfdog

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    Get one they are a lot of fun. And loaded with Horandy's FTX bullets, or if buying factory ammo thier Leverrevolotion load they are very well able to take game out to 200 yard. Besides they make it easy to se the holes in the target.
     
  11. JonM

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    do you reload??

    if so you might check out the CZ550 in either 458 winmag or 458 LOTT i load mine down to 45-70 levels and they are fantastic shooters.

    i shoot mine at the range outside hunting season all the time.
     
  12. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    As I mentioned, I dont CURRENTLY reload, but will before too long.

    Also, I mentioned my love affair with lever guns I don't like bolt actions.
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I think a 45-70 would be fun so if you want one and can afford it, do it.
     
  14. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    I had a guy bring a 1884 Springfield Trapdoor in 45-70 into the shop and I offered him my good kidney for it and he declined. Now it's not that I want one but now I need one. I've shot the 45-70 lever guns and their pretty cool, but it's something about all the history wrapped up in that old rifle.
     
  15. Dcomf

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    I have a Ruger #1 in 45-70 and it is a brute when you want it to be. On a whim I loaded some Postell's and Schmitzers (both over 500gr) and nearly knocked my fillings out. Not a good idea to use those in a 6.5 pound rifle.
     
  16. wolfdog

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    You should try my #3 carbine, hot load with 325 & 350 grain bullets ratle my teeth, the 525s ratle the guy in the next shooting position.
     
  17. CA357

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  18. Bohica6-284

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    The 45-70 is one of my favorite calibers of all time. It can do anything from deer (and no it's not too big for this with proper bullet choice) to the largest African game. Even though you don't hunt, that translates to the versatility of this caliber. If you start hunting it's really well suited for bear and larger deer species. Range wise with the Leverrevolution loads from Hornady (which are factory loaded) the range potential is well within 150-200yds. The caliber is very easy to reload for as well if you start that. I own 3 rifles in this caliber. A Marlin 1895 (1972 mfg.) which will shoot 3 factory Remington 405gr into 1 ragged hole at 100yds. A Marlin 1895G custom takedown with factory installed octagon barrel which I shortened to 22". And finally a bolt action Siamese Mauser that I built while I was in Gunsmithing school (I hardly use this one in place of the other 2).
     
  19. richardnorton

    richardnorton New Member

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    If you want it and can afford it just do it, I have at least 4 in that cal, two marlin levers, a springfield trapdoor carbine and a sharps, love them all. They would do a job on the wild hogs here in Texas if I can just trick one into coming on my property. Love mine just to shoot.
     
  20. TXnorton

    TXnorton New Member

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    The main reason to own a .45-70 is because they are so much fun to shoot.

    My .45-70 is a Pedersoli Sharps 1874. I mainly shoot Black Powder rounds and am working my way from 100 yards to longer distances out to 600 yards (longest they have at my local range).