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Old 12-26-2019, 11:31 AM
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A few years back I sold my .45-70 to partially fund a Savage 99 in .375 Winchester. I've taken three deer with that .375 and just haven't fallen in love with it. On game performance has been excellent, but I want to go back to a Marlin lever gun.

This will be for my primary Ohio (straight walled only) deer rifle, PA bear, and a walking gun for PA deer.

Should I be looking at anything else other than the .45-70? I do handload. Others that I was thinking of was .444, .450 Marlin. Any reason to go one of those routes over the .45-70?

Right now I'm 95% sure on the .45-70 but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. By selling the 99 I can pick up a Marlin lever as well as a youth rifle for the kids. Let's hear your thoughts.
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Old 12-26-2019, 11:42 AM
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Boy, am I understanding that .375 for what it is? Isn't that overkill for deer?

For states that require straight-walled cartridges, I don't think you can do better than .45-70. Good bear medicine too.

Still, as someone who owns a .44 magnum revolver, I wonder if that wouldn't be a better choice. Perhaps cheaper to run?
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Old 12-26-2019, 11:59 AM
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Boy, am I understanding that .375 for what it is? Isn't that overkill for deer?
No, you're not understanding. But that's ok. You don't seem interested in being here to learn. And I wouldn't want the topic to get off track in order to explain the difference between the .375 Winchester and what I assume you are confusing with the .375 H&H mag. But if you want to: Google .375 Winchester.



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Old 12-26-2019, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Cub Slayer View Post

For states that require straight-walled cartridges, I don't think you can do better than .45-70. Good bear medicine too.

Still, as someone who owns a .44 magnum revolver, I wonder if that wouldn't be a better choice. Perhaps cheaper to run?
That's my opinion too. But I wanted to ask and make sure I'm not over looking anything and missing out on something that might be better. Lot of experience and knowledge is available here.

I have a .44 mag Marlin. And have taken several deer with it. But I don't enjoy it as a primary option. Certainly capable.. but not what I want. And I wouldn't want it as a black bear rifle either. At least not where and how I hunt them.

Thanks for the input though.

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Old 12-26-2019, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
No, you're not understanding. But that's ok. You don't seem interested in being here to learn. And I wouldn't want the topic to get off track in order to explain the difference between the .375 Winchester and what I assume you are confusing with the .375 H&H mag. But if you want to: Google .375 Winchester.



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Old 12-26-2019, 01:39 PM
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No, I'm not.

I answered your question. You weren't understanding.

I tailored an answer to your preferences. You don't seem interested in having anything explained to you. So I provided you with the ability to find the information yourself.

And I stayed on topic. You, as you said in another post, don't like things to go off topic.

Seems that everything should have been to your liking.

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Old 12-26-2019, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bocajnala View Post
But that's ok. You don't seem interested in being here to learn. And I wouldn't want the topic to get off track in order to explain the difference between the .375 Winchester and what I assume you are confusing with the .375 H&H mag. But if you want to: Google .375 Winchester.
The answer is fine, it's this latter part that introduces the urinary content.
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:57 PM
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Jake - not that Im a fan of Winchester 94s over Marlins, not by a long shot, but I have a Winchester 94 Big Bore on my bench right now with extraction issues, chambered in .375 Winchester.

Given a 99 in .375W in hand, even as much as I love Marlin leverguns, especially 1895s in 45-70, Id keep it around with intention of finding the appropriate moments to expose a loved one who might inherit it one day to the old 99 and the old .375 Win (stocking up on a healthy supply of ammo and/or brass to keep them well fed in the future). They just arent around to be had - Id gladly save up for another 1895 in .45-70 though.
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That's a thought no mercy. It isn't hurting anything sitting around. And a Marlin can be found in this area for $500.

I'll think about that.

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Old 12-26-2019, 02:21 PM
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Is there any reason to look at anything other then the 45-70 in that class of rifle? The .450 or .444?

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