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Only expierince.I talked a buddy(guinea pigged really:))into buying one.He shot a whitetail w/it.It was DRT.Just dropped"in its tracks".Unrelated but same friend tore rotator cuff after x-mas of that year.The rifle is still propping up a corner.He won't sell.:(
 

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Man, between you and Raider with her 45-70, you guys are going to talk me into getting one of those lever action Marlins. Just so happens we have a gun show in Tallahassee this weekend......
 

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haha, Well just sounds like a fun gun with some hard hitting power. I love lever's have a marlin 30-30 and love it. now time for a big bore lever. Well Maybe, looks like the 450 and the 45-70 are the best 2.
 

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I like both rounds but about every lever gun I've owned or tried has been awkward for me to work. Soooo.....One of these days I will build a nice little brush gun on a BRNO action in .450Marlin. :cool:
 

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The .450 Marlin basically has the power of the smaller manufacturer's (Cor-Bon, Buff Bore) .45-70 loads. The raison d'etre for the 450 is to provide a gun that will handle the tope end of the .45-70 scheme, yet have a cartridge that can't load into older .45-70s (like trapdoors, foreign replicas, etc) and blow them up. Ballistically, it's identical to the uploaded .45-70. The thing that hurts the 450 right now is a lack of diversity in its factory ammunition selection, and subsequent higher prices than comparable .45-70 loads.
 
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