Which Marlin?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by ninjatoth, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. 1894 .44 Mag

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  2. 1895 .45-70

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  1. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    I am thinking of getting a new big bore whitetail gun for deer at close range in some brushy woods where I hunt.Should I get the .44 mag rifle because I already have a S&W .44 mag revolver to match,or should I get the .45-70 guide gun because,well-it's a .45-70 and will drop about anything and just looks way cooler,especially in SS?
     

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  2. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    I have the guide gun and love it. Although i use it for nothing other than impressing a crown who gather round to watch me fire the boomstick. it TRULY is a boomstick. 10 rounds and you're done for the day.

    That being said, you may want to look into the full sized .45-70. I dont know what distances you shoot at, but 100-150 is about all you're gonna get out of this thing. At 100 yards on open sights i had a 2-3" grouping which is okay, but still, its not really a "pleasure" to shoot the thing, especially more than once.

    The trigger is awesome on it, and its fun to shoot, just not comfortable.
     

  3. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    35 Remington. The 45-70 is not cheap to shoot and pushes back hard. Good gun for Alaska.
     
  4. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    Or Vegas if you ask me!
     
  5. therewolf

    therewolf New Member

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    Get the .44. Try a holographic sight, fast and accurate.
     
  6. ninjatoth

    ninjatoth New Member

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    It's so hard for me since I grew up on a .444 Marlin,the .444 is neither more like a .44 Mag nor more like a .45-70,it's somewhere inbetween.In my head I think,a hot .44 has the same energy as a standard .45-70,but a .45-70 can go hotter and heavier and take anything.............yet,the .44 has hollowpoint,and shoots cheap,and shoots specials--but the .45-70 is prettier.:confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I have a .45-70 Guide Gun. I replaced the rear leaf with a receiver mounted peep. Accurate way beyond the .44 mag effective range. I can handload hot enough to shoot through two big hogs, or a large utility pole. Or I can load down to 50 yard whitetail loads (300 gr HP @ 1400). I can load 405 gr soft points for extreme penetration.
     
  8. Dr. Marneaus

    Dr. Marneaus New Member

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    .45-70 comes in hollow points too....

    The hornady Leverevolution stuff is like a 325g HP with that lil ballistic tip