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.
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.
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.