45-70 or 450 mag. ?

Stormtrooper 13Stormtrooper 13 Member Posts: 236 ✭✭✭
edited September 2003 in Ask the Experts
Been considering buying a new rifle for the last couple of months . I've settled on a Marlin 1895 , because the first rifle my dad gave me was a model 88 . That's the rifle I learned to shoot with , and I don't like pump rifles much .
The reason for this is I'm a righty that shots left . Never owned , or shot a left handed gun . Just don't feel right . Although I shot bow right handed ( dad also gave me my first one right handed of course ) . Still try to close wrong eye first couple of arrows after shooting groundhogs all summer .
Been watching auction for a good deal on a gun , but havn't seen one yet . I can buy new rifle + tax cheaper . Even most of the used stuff .
The only thing is I can't decide on a calib. Right now I'm leaning toward the 450 , but have been told a 45-70 handloaded will outperform the 450 . Trouble is I don't handload . I do know some people who do .
Any opinions , data , or info would be helpful , before I buy .

Thanks [8D]


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  • BOBBYWINSBOBBYWINS Member Posts: 7,810
    edited November -1

  • BoomerangBoomerang Member Posts: 4,513
    edited November -1
    What I said over on the general discussion board.


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  • agloreaglore Member Posts: 6,012
    edited November -1
    In the 1895 Marlin the 450 Marlin cannot do anything that a good reload can't do from the 45-70. 45-70 factory ammo will be available in just about every Mom&Pop shop in the nation, 450 Marlin will not.

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  • RhondaRhonda Member Posts: 183 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    The 450 is a kicking mule with Hornady factory ammo. As stated above, 45-70 handloads in the Marlin can be hopped up to equal the 450. 45-70 brass is cheaper and factory ammo is easier to find.
  • easygo6easygo6 Member Posts: 1,465 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1

    ...for all the reasons stated above.

  • HoundDogHoundDog Member Posts: 5 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I own a Marlin 1895G in 45-70 and my buddy owns a Marlin 1895 in 450.
    Mine kicks like a mule, his kicks like a team of mules. My ammo (factory) is cheaper than his and my ammo (factory again) can take down any animal in North America. I REALLY enjoy shooting mine, he's afraid to shoot his.

    Pretty much a no brainer if you ask me.

    Who ever said there aint no sportin hunting with hounds, never tried to keep up with MY dogs
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