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Old January 4, 2013, 06:27 PM   #1
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Magnum Research 45/70 revolver - Buy or not?

Listen Guys, I have the chance to buy a Magnum research 45/70 revolver from a good friend. It's no sacrifice price, but it's a couple hundred under the new price ($850). I can't really justify any practical use other than the "cool" factor. I could put a scope and call it a deer revolver, but I already have a .44 Redhawk for that. If money were no object I'd scoop it up, but there are other guns I can't live without! What would you do?
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Old January 4, 2013, 07:05 PM   #2
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Since you already have a deer handgun, I'd pass. I love the 45-70 round, but I can't imagine it is something that I would enjoy shooting more than once and I like recoil. I just can't see that gun being any thing less than painful.
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Old January 4, 2013, 08:26 PM   #3
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Just to clarify, can you get it for $650 or $850? MSRP is $1,050, but you can get them for much less than that. I paid $820 for mine new. So if the $850 is what you'd be paying, I'd pass on it.

As far as the 45/70 goes, it would be a fun caliber. Mine is in 460 and it is a handful, but tolerable. I have not shot the 45/70 but it is supposed to have significantly less recoil than the 460's, 500's, etc.
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Old January 5, 2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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I have one. Mine is the 10 inch barrel. I have cylinders for both the 450 marlin and the 45-70 for it.

If you hand load you can get pretty much any kind of power you want from it. I have loaded some 300 grain bullets down to about 600FPS and the recoil is very small. I have also loaded some 325 grain bullets up to 1800 FPS. I also have shot some 500 grain bullets at about 900 FPS.

If you already have a large hunting revolver I would get some thing else. If you dont then the 45-70 is a fine choice. If you hand load (I highly recommend it) the 45-70 is in the same league as the 450 marlin. If you shoot factory ammo the gun will be very pleasant to shoot.
Shot placement is everything! I would rather take a round of 50BMG to the foot than a 22short to the base of the skull.

all 25 of my guns are 45/70 govt, 357 mag, 22 or 12 ga... I believe in keeping it simple
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Old January 5, 2013, 03:04 AM   #5
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Neat gun, for what?

If money were no object I'd scoop it up, but there are other guns I can't live without!

$500 is the most I'd pay if I were you, tell him to put it on the market.
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Old January 7, 2013, 07:58 PM   #6
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had one, loved it. very accurate, good balance. even heavy loads did not buck more than my 629.
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Old January 7, 2013, 08:17 PM   #7
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For that kind of money you can get a real cannon like the .460 or .500 mags.
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Old January 7, 2013, 08:59 PM   #8
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I don't own one but I have shot my uncles several times. It is quite enjoyable to shoot IMO. The recoil is not as bad as you might imagine. Selecting the right round could have a lot to do with that though. The BFR is a quality gun.
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Old January 8, 2013, 02:58 AM   #9
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For that kind of money you can get a real cannon like the .460 or .500 mags.
That does sound more logical for me, the 460 would be my choice.
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