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Old May 10, 2000, 07:46 AM   #1
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Just bought a Marlin Guide gun in 45-70, wondered if anyone had any favorite loads they might share?

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Old May 10, 2000, 08:39 AM   #2
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Hawkman:
Just bought a Marlin Guide gun in 45-70, wondered if anyone had any favorite loads they might share?

Thanks,

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I don't have a fav load, but you may be interested in this article on http://www.sixgunner.com.
http://www.sixgunner.com/paco/marlindl.htm

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Old May 10, 2000, 09:55 AM   #3
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400gr Speer JSP over 55gr Hodgdon 4895, new Federal brass, Winchester primers. 'Tis a wee bit stout.
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Old May 10, 2000, 10:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the links, and for the load. What I want to do is get the best performance out of (IMHO) a great cartridge, and commercial loads and the reloading manuals suggestions are pretty wimpy. I'll start slow and work up to 55gr, but the Marlin should have no problems with it.

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Old May 10, 2000, 10:13 AM   #5
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Just a comment...

I am continuously tickled to see all these posts about the 45-70. I don't have one (YET) but I see more and more mention of it with every passing day. I guess that it just goes to show that it has proven the test of time as one of the premier American Cartridges.

About loads, about the only thing that I can think to pass would be some offering from Randy Garrett. See what he has to say.

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Old May 10, 2000, 03:19 PM   #6
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Hawkman. Try and find a copy of FORTY YEARS WITH THE 45-70 by Paul Matthews. It's a good read, and he has updated it to include his work with Marlin 45-70's. My copy has the blue cover. My understanding is that the update has an orange cover.
If you are interested you can call 1-800-899-7810 (Wolfe Publishing Co.) The catalog # is 567.1, and the price is $14.50.
He gives a load for the Lyman #457122 hollow point 330 gr. bullet that shoots like a champ in my 1895 Marlin. Give the book a try. I highly recommend it.
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Old May 10, 2000, 04:15 PM   #7
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Gilbey, I *love* my .45-70. That's one bad mutha of a cartridge. I gotta get some of Randy's 500gr loads for elk season.

Hawkman, if your Marlin is in good shape, it should handle that load with no problems, but you're spot-on about working up. If you go with 4859, start at 52gr. Hell, you may find that works just fine for you. I just wanted to see how far I could push mine. At 55.5 (56 is listed as max in my Lee and Speer manuals) I started to get nervous about pressure, so I backed off to 55.0.
Click here to see what this load does out of my gun, accuracy-wise. Group was shot at 100 yards from my calibrated-elbow rest.
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Old May 11, 2000, 07:31 AM   #8
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Paul B.:
Hawkman. Try and find a copy of FORTY YEARS WITH THE 45-70 by Paul Matthews. It's a good read, and he has updated it to include his work with Marlin 45-70's. My copy has the blue cover. My understanding is that the update has an orange cover.
If you are interested you can call 1-800-899-7810 (Wolfe Publishing Co.) The catalog # is 567.1, and the price is $14.50.
He gives a load for the Lyman #457122 hollow point 330 gr. bullet that shoots like a champ in my 1895 Marlin. Give the book a try. I highly recommend it.
Paul B.
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Thanks! Never heard of it before, but I will find a copy.

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Old May 11, 2000, 07:34 AM   #9
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Hawkman, if your Marlin is in good shape, it should handle that load with no problems, but you're spot-on about working up. If you go with 4859, start at 52gr.

The gun is brand new, but I always like to see how an individual rifle handles a particular load. Comes from the old days, I guess, when manufacturing techniques were not so precise...

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Old May 11, 2000, 01:36 PM   #10
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Coinneach. I don't mean to sound like a wiseguy, but shouldn't that powder be IMR-4759?
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