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45-70

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

  1. merc

    merc New Member

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    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 New Member

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    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!
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  3. Boomatic

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    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*

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    Minn-eeee-sota, ya, sure, you bet!
    "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!
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    ...the occasional buick...
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