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Old November 5th, 2018, 05:45 PM   #16
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I had an 86 with the crescent butt plate and it was ridiculous unless I was shooting cowboy loads.

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Old October 31st, 2019, 04:55 AM   #17
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I scoped my Marlin 45-70. Vortex Crossfire II Riflescope 2-7 x 32 dead-hold bdc (MOA)
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Old October 31st, 2019, 05:39 AM   #18
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Started out with the 45/70 in a Ruger No. 3 rifle. It may have weighed as much a 6lbs!! Carbine style butt stock, barrel very thin, extremely handy until you touched it off. Took it to Douglas and had them install a much heavier barrel some 22" in length and much less painful to shoot. The more I shoot the 45/70 the more I like it and find it very accurate and with right loads and bullets capable of downing any game in North America. Check out loads with IMR 3031.

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Old October 31st, 2019, 05:56 AM   #19
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Love my two Marlin 1895s. They're my favorite hunting rifles. They can kick a bit, but I don't care. The rubber buttpad makes it tolerable. They are so classy that I forget about the recoil every time. Hunting in West Virginia, I really don't have much of a need for a long range rifle. Of all the deer I've killed, only one was at approx. 300 yards. All the rest were 125 yards and under.

A friend of mine has a High Wall copy with a steel crescent buttplate. One shot was all I wanted from that thing. Felt like getting hit in the shoulder with a ball peen hammer.

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Old October 31st, 2019, 08:51 PM   #20
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I believe that model has the Ballard cut rifling. I had one about 15 years ago and it shot quite well. The Recoil is less if you keep the tube full of ammo!

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Old October 31st, 2019, 09:46 PM   #21
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I have the same rifle, but I use a Williams FP-336 sight on mine.

You can shoot more 'Cowboy Authentic' loads, if you load your own, using 405 grain hard cast and either Unique or Trail Boss. I also load a 'Deer Load' using 3031 at around 37 gr. with the same bullet.

The cartridge doesn't have to be punishing to kill large game. After all, the old Black Powder loads were generally only around 1300 FPS, in the old days! Keep that in mind when someone tells you that you need to get 458 Win Mag velocities out of your 45/70.

As a rule of thumb I only load mine to "Springfield" specifications, as I also shoot in my Shiloh Sharps.

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Old November 21st, 2019, 05:17 PM   #22
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I just ordered a Marlin .444 for hunting wild hogs in Florida. I had one years ago and loved it, never bothered my shoulder. Awesome takedown drop dead shots on hogs. Good luck with that 45-70 and enjoy it.

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Old May 21st, 2020, 04:59 PM   #23
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Looking at getting the 1895cb model. Had a 1895 years ago it had the straight grip and only held 4 rds in the tube. It will be added to my collection of a M1A, 1911, two Sigs.

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I too like a 405 hard cast lead bullet ahead of some 3031 for hunting.
Just don't practical too much and your shoulder will be fine!

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Old May 21st, 2020, 11:52 PM   #25
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mine is from the 1st year of the new model 1895. 1972.
ballard rifling and the only ones that a 500 grain bullet will fit.
then soon after they made the micro groove for 405 grain.
they have brought back the ballard rifling but for 405 grain.
i read the 1st ones were douglas barrels but i have no proof.
with a warm loaded 500 grain bullet and steel butt plate she kicks.
many a person only shot it 1 time. crazy me had a contender barrel
bored out to accept the 500 grain bullet. pistol or rifle it is a handful.
my friend has a 45/70 derringer.. i have never shot it i know better.
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Old May 22nd, 2020, 02:02 AM   #26
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10 rounds of not cowboy loads in .45-70? My shoulder's all twitchy just from thinking about it. I would have to seriously think of getting mauled by a bear or shooting my GS to defend myself from said bear.

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