Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by merc, Aug 21, 2003.

  1. merc

    merc New Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Pelham, NH
    Hi everyone
    I am considering buying a Marlin lever action (1895?) in 45-70 gov't.
    Any thoughts?
    Good all around for close black bear and deer?
    I saw 2 used ones in the local shop for 350 each.
    They look new.
    what do you think?
  2. inplanotx

    inplanotx Active Member

    Jan 28, 2002
    Merc, I have a 1895G and 1895SS. You need to find out the exact model. The money doesn't sound bad, but which one ya buying? I have both of the above plus a Browning 1886 lever in 45-70. Love them all, but partial to the Browning. The guide gun is real nice in that it is short and sweet. Nothing like putting a 405 gr Remington in motion and watching your shoulder move back two feet!

    Close Black Bear will turn the sun of a gun inside out. A deer? You'll find his pieces in the next county. Massive meat damage up close!
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2003

  3. Boomatic

    Boomatic New Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    Wow...here I go agreein' with a Texan again!:p

    I owned a guide gun in 45-70. Very nice little guy. But as plano said, they do pack a wallop! I had to give mine up when they stuck a pacemaker in my shoulder...too much recoil!

    Gotta agree, too, a on the deer aspect...overkill definitely applies here.
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    "Good all around for close black bear and deer?"

    Hell yes.....and moose, and the occasional stray elephant! ;)

    Seriously......probably more gun than you need for even the largest New Hampshire buck or black bear. One nice thing about that ol' .45-70 bullet, though....it doesn't get deflected in even the heaviest cover. Plows right thru twigs, bushes, branches, and even the occasional tree!
  5. Boomatic

    Boomatic New Member

    Aug 21, 2002
    Tulsa, OK
    ...the occasional buick...
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