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Is a marlin 45-70 a good whittail hunting rifle

Question by Jamesrw. Uploaded on March 24, 2010

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

.45-70 may be overkill....

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

by that I mean it is more than enough to use on a deer. It will make a hole similar to the size a 12 ga slug does. You will find out most people here seem to use smaller calibers.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

It will do the job on just about anything you want to hunt with it .

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

The 45-70 shines on close range deer in the thick brush. Like Spartan said, it will be more than you need to kill a deer but dead is dead and that is the aim after all. It is not a great rifle if your shots are going to be over 150 yards or if your deer will be running flat out at that range. Faster and flatter shooting rifles are normally used to improve your odds under those conditions. Most 45-70 rifles are quite light for the amount of recoil produced by a 45-70 and therefore it can kick like a mule. This can negatively affect some hunters making them less accurate because of bad flinching habits or because they are reluctant to shoot it a lot in practice. I would suggest shooting one first to make sure you are comfortable with it.

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from shane wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Yep. You can eat right up to the bullet!

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

They do kick like a mule. I shot a single shot ruger in 45-70 2 weeks ago. 4 shots and I was sore for a day.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Dakota beat me to the punch. If it's not a real heavy gun, a 45-70 will punish you when you shoot it. If it is real heavy, it will punish you when you carry it. Kind of a no win situation any way you look at it. Go with something smaller and lighter. Model 70 Win or Model 700 Remington in 30-06 would be ideal.

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from dillonrobbins wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Im 17 years old and 150lbs on a good day and my go to gun for white tails in maine is my marlin 1895 ss 45-70 and everywhere I go all these people are telling these war stories saying that it has all this recoil and that some guys cant even shoot it acurately and what not; well im saying different, I mean she bites but its nothing crazy and as far as acuracy and range goes today I shot it 100yrds off handed and hit within the kill zone of a deer with iron sites.

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from rhendrix wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I agree with you Dillon. I love feeling the nudge it gives when I shoot mine. I shoot the 1895sbl 45-70 with an 18.5" barrel. With the new Hornady ammo it is pinpoint accurate out to 200 yards and in my part of the country (east TN) 200 yards is an almost never shot. Most shots are under 100 yards. I like it because it will put a deer, a bear, or a hog down in its tracks and I don't have to chase after them hoping they die. Some like a .243 but to me that is a good varmint gun that does not put a big animal down fast. It will kill them but they don't drop. Besides the effectiveness of it, it is just plain fun to shoot and I am a 63 year old, 5'11", 195 lb. man so I am not exactly a linebacker and it doesn't hurt me unless I am bench shooting and then it kicks my butt but in hunting situations, it is more of a push than it is a kick.

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from ajohnso2 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Henry has just announced that they will begin shipping a 45-70. I want to be first in line to get it. I can hardly wait to take a bead with a 300 grain on a buck.

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from Hunter Savage wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

It will do the job on just about anything you want to hunt with it .

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

The 45-70 shines on close range deer in the thick brush. Like Spartan said, it will be more than you need to kill a deer but dead is dead and that is the aim after all. It is not a great rifle if your shots are going to be over 150 yards or if your deer will be running flat out at that range. Faster and flatter shooting rifles are normally used to improve your odds under those conditions. Most 45-70 rifles are quite light for the amount of recoil produced by a 45-70 and therefore it can kick like a mule. This can negatively affect some hunters making them less accurate because of bad flinching habits or because they are reluctant to shoot it a lot in practice. I would suggest shooting one first to make sure you are comfortable with it.

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

.45-70 may be overkill....

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

by that I mean it is more than enough to use on a deer. It will make a hole similar to the size a 12 ga slug does. You will find out most people here seem to use smaller calibers.

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from shane wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Yep. You can eat right up to the bullet!

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from spartan88 wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

They do kick like a mule. I shot a single shot ruger in 45-70 2 weeks ago. 4 shots and I was sore for a day.

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from rhendrix wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I agree with you Dillon. I love feeling the nudge it gives when I shoot mine. I shoot the 1895sbl 45-70 with an 18.5" barrel. With the new Hornady ammo it is pinpoint accurate out to 200 yards and in my part of the country (east TN) 200 yards is an almost never shot. Most shots are under 100 yards. I like it because it will put a deer, a bear, or a hog down in its tracks and I don't have to chase after them hoping they die. Some like a .243 but to me that is a good varmint gun that does not put a big animal down fast. It will kill them but they don't drop. Besides the effectiveness of it, it is just plain fun to shoot and I am a 63 year old, 5'11", 195 lb. man so I am not exactly a linebacker and it doesn't hurt me unless I am bench shooting and then it kicks my butt but in hunting situations, it is more of a push than it is a kick.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 3 weeks ago

Dakota beat me to the punch. If it's not a real heavy gun, a 45-70 will punish you when you shoot it. If it is real heavy, it will punish you when you carry it. Kind of a no win situation any way you look at it. Go with something smaller and lighter. Model 70 Win or Model 700 Remington in 30-06 would be ideal.

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from dillonrobbins wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Im 17 years old and 150lbs on a good day and my go to gun for white tails in maine is my marlin 1895 ss 45-70 and everywhere I go all these people are telling these war stories saying that it has all this recoil and that some guys cant even shoot it acurately and what not; well im saying different, I mean she bites but its nothing crazy and as far as acuracy and range goes today I shot it 100yrds off handed and hit within the kill zone of a deer with iron sites.

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from ajohnso2 wrote 2 years 14 weeks ago

Henry has just announced that they will begin shipping a 45-70. I want to be first in line to get it. I can hardly wait to take a bead with a 300 grain on a buck.

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