March 23, 2005, 11:28 PM
I have two questions.
Can the marlin lever guns handle the FULL power .45-70 loads?
Also what type of performance can you get out of a 45 colt in a rifle?
March 23, 2005, 11:51 PM
45-70 loads are often divided into three groups. Old rifles, strong/modern lever actions and custom bolt actions. Marlin will safely handle the first two levels. .45 LC get a boost in the longer barrel but you can also use the Ruger, TC load data for the modern Marlin and Winchesters. These frames are set for .44 mag and 45 LC. If in doubt with your ammo check with the manufactures web site. If reloading then you will see how the loads are broken up. Marlins are some of the strongest lever actions.
March 23, 2005, 11:59 PM
I have read that fully charged .45 LC hunting loads can exceed the .44 mag while using the more desirable 300 gr. bullets if I remember correctly.
March 24, 2005, 12:20 PM
Yep, .45 COLT is pretty much very close to .44 magnum with the exception of having the ability for larger bullets. Out of a rifle, you will probably gain about 250 fps on any given load.
March 24, 2005, 12:37 PM
Refer the question to WildAlaska.
He can tell you all about full power .45-70 loads and the Marlin 1895.
I load cartridges that approach .458 magnum in power for my 1886 Winchester, these are safe in my gun and quite spectacular on both sides of the action.