I was very interested in getting a 444 marlin or 450 marlin. However, looking at available guns and ammo (I don’t reload yet), there are 45/70’s everywhere while the other two are scarce. Ballistics looks like 444 is a little better but not enough to where I’d need to pay $2500 for a gun vs $999-1200. Looked for a .358 but can’t find a lever gun in that caliber either. Going with a 45/70 what is the optimum barrel length? I’m liking the 24” but how much does that gain velocity wise vs say a 18.5”? Also, what’s the recoil difference? I’ve never shot one but have heard they can be thumpers. I am familiar with heavy 12 gauge rounds so it doesn’t bother me, Just curious if longer barrel makes that much difference with this cartridge?
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