View Full Version : Best of the 45-70???

May 16, 2007, 08:30 PM
Okay, so I think everyone almost has me talked into another 45-70. I own a TC Encore, but I haven't had it long enough to put it to it's full potential. The best I have done is shoot some plastic jugs at 100 yards to sight it in. Having been looking for a good mountain rifle everyone suggested Marlin big-bore lever guns. So, I want to know what some of the best shots people have made with the round are. Distance, adverse conditions, game taken, loads, anything and everything we can think of. Have at it...

May 21, 2007, 11:44 AM
I do not own my own 45-70, but have shot it plenty in hunting conditions in South Africa.

I've shot warthog, impala, blesbuck and jackal using 45-70 which are all total overkill for them. It bowls all of them over, with 100% penetration, even with solid lead bullets.

I've walked with a hunter from the United States using the Marlim Lever Action shooting a 45-70 at Cape Buffalo, a one shot kill, 100% penetration. He also shot a giraffe with that gun later in his trip, again a single shot kill. Very impressive rifle, I would not mind having one.

Boston T. Party
December 28, 2008, 03:37 PM
Get a Marlin Guide Gun, and Scout it.
Great fun, and I've used mine in Africa twice.

Not a DG rifle or caliber by any means, though.


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December 28, 2008, 08:08 PM
Love my Sharpes (Pedersoli) in .45-70. Have not hunted with it yet, but one day...:)