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Posted: 2/4/2009 2:32:32 PM EST
Been looking at lever action Rifles and think i might have to try one out. Been looking and seen some rifles with calibers i never even heard of or shot. So what is the largest caliber they make for these? Looking for one with good knockdown power for hunting and just fun at the range. Been thinking about the marlin 1894....Good choice or not?

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 2:38:44 PM EST
The 1894 is a nice gun, in revolver calibers. Moving up to the 1895 the largest is something like the .50 Alaska, .475 Turnbull, etc. You want a wildcat or a factory cartridge?
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 2:45:11 PM EST
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The 1894 is a nice gun, in revolver calibers. Moving up to the 1895 the largest is something like the .50 Alaska, .475 Turnbull, etc. You want a wildcat or a factory cartridge?


I have always wanted a .50 Alaskan built on the Marlin. Kinda spendy, though.
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 2:58:37 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/4/2009 3:02:24 PM EST by Mullah_Atari]
.56-50 Spencer. The rounds cost $5 a piece, though.

ETA: In the Marlin, you'll be better off getting an 1895 in .45-70. Check out Buffalo Bore ammo, too.
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 3:08:31 PM EST
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Current production––.45-70 or .450 marlin
Historically––.50-110 Winchester in the model 86, or .405 in the model 95(repros were available recently)
Custom––.50 Alaskan, .450 Alaskan/Ackley improved, .375 or .400 Hawks/Skovil. I'd love to see someone build a BLR in a large bore magnum caliber.

My suggestion is a .45-70(only because you asked for a big bore), factory loads are mild in a well stocked rifle, But I am guessing the hot loads will provide at least as much recoil as can be enjoyed the majority of shooters.(Do not fire hot hand loads or Proprietary loads in older rifles, or rifles not rated for those loads.)

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 3:15:54 PM EST
A .45-70 or .444 Marlin will kill anything you need kill'N on this continent.....
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:05:10 PM EST
Browning makes a lever action(even a few takedowns)with removable stacked magazines instead of tube magazines

This allows them to provide a few calibers not available for tube-fed lever actions, like the .300 Win Mag(and .450 Marlin)

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:07:26 PM EST
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
.56-50 Spencer. The rounds cost $5 a piece, though.

ETA: In the Marlin, you'll be better off getting an 1895 in .45-70. Check out Buffalo Bore ammo, too.


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You can get some .45-70 loads that that will kick some serious ass.
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:10:48 PM EST
Love my 45-70 Marlin 1894. Buffalo bore is no joke

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:13:49 PM EST
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A .45-70 or .444 Marlin will kill anything you need kill'N on this continent.....


and in many most parts of Africa too
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:14:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
.56-50 Spencer. The rounds cost $5 a piece, though.

ETA: In the Marlin, you'll be better off getting an 1895 in .45-70. Check out Buffalo Bore ammo, too.


+1

You can get some .45-70 loads that that will kick some serious ass.


Yet another +1

I have shot some in my Guide Gun and they are serious. I also have some outstanding PMC +p type loads for it that really put down big hogs I bet they would kill just about anything that walks or crawls.
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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 6:19:50 PM EST
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You need to look at the recoil picture there for "fun at the range"

The 30-30 has been around for 100 years because it is an excellent cartridge for a lightweight rifle. That's about the only reason.

If you want 300 win mag performance, i'd suggest getting a 300 win mag bolt gun. lever actions are best in medium powered cartridges

in other words, a 1894 kicks like hell.

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Marin 1895 in 45/70 is nice and just started reloading for it and is very fun.

Last weekend loaded up the 300 gr. lead with 5744 at 1377 fps to see how much it would lead up the barrel at that speed. Did a check and didn't notice any leading but will look closer this weekend.

The recoi was very mild and hit a clay birds at 100 yds with it, it shoud do better once I get it sighted in, it was hitting to the right.

Here is the reload 300 grain lead RNFP IMR 5744 30.0 gr. 1377 fps

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 7:10:28 PM EST
Winchester 1887.

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 7:12:00 PM EST
i have a 1895 in 450 marlin,very fun.factory loads are 350 grain at around 2000fps. you can load hotter

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 7:20:35 PM EST
Winchester Model 71 in 348 pretty hot loads. Or Winchester 1895 in 30-06. New production made in Japan. This are Hot rifles.

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 8:25:42 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/4/2009 8:32:59 PM EST by bobbyjack]
Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
The 1894 is a nice gun, in revolver calibers. Moving up to the 1895 the largest is something like the .50 Alaska, .475 Turnbull, etc. You want a wildcat or a factory cartridge?


The Win 1894 was first offered in 38-55(hardly a pistol caliber)1895 offered the 30/30 and the 405 and other big cals.

I would think the 450Marlin and the 454 are pretty hot rounds for any non improved or beefed up receivers.

I forgot the Spencer rifles were probably 57 Cal ,but Velocity wasn't much.

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Link Posted: 2/4/2009 8:31:45 PM EST
I was talking about Marlins. Never much cared for Winchester leverguns, although a 30-40 or 30-06 levergun might be fun.
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