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    1895 Marlin 45-70Govt Boomstick

    Today I finally got to shoot my "new" 45-70 1895 Cowboy at more than 20yds!



    Still only 110yds but useful for setting a woodland hunting zero. I've fitted a 1-4 Vortex PST scope on a Williams Ace-in-the-hole combo-rail.
    I was pleasantly surprised by the accuracy with 405gr SP loads:

    The calipers aren't pictured quite right but it's easily a sub 1 inch, 3 shot group at 110yds. This was shot with forend supported on a block, rear unsupported.

    The butt cover from this thread worked well with respect to increased length of pull and comb height. Recoil was ok, probably helped by the 1inch of padding inside my butt cover.

    Lovely gun to shoot.
    Last edited by xavierdoc; 21-02-2015 at 17:58.

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    Must be fun shooting that - enjoy.

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    These things shoot as good as they look.
    How I wish I had a Cowboy II in .357 Magnum!
    A really accurate and mild deer load in the Marlin .45-70 is a Hornady 300-gr HP at 1,800 fps from 41.0 gr IMR-4198.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern View Post
    These things shoot as good as they look.
    How I wish I had a Cowboy II in .357 Magnum!
    A really accurate and mild deer load in the Marlin .45-70 is a Hornady 300-gr HP at 1,800 fps from 41.0 gr IMR-4198.
    Thanks. I do have some 300gr JHPs to try.

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    Great fun I helped my friend zero his Marlin 30.30 under lever very accurate had the bullets holes touching each other.

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    Nice rifle, and nice shooting!

    People who say the .45-70 is "only" a >100 yard gun don't know how to shoot. I agree, open sights have there limitations, but with proper ladder sights I can shoot 2-3" groups at 200 yards no problem. Can also hit a 6" pie plate with consistency at 300 yards. I really don't shoot beyond that regardless of cartridge.

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    St. Nick brought my son one of those for Christmas about 8 years ago. Great shooter. The following Christmas he got a few hundred Lyman 457-122 Hollow Point cast bullets to run through it. Great gun. Posted this before, I think, but this was a typical weekend scene that winter. Makes me smile to think of it.~Muir

    Last edited by Muir; 22-02-2015 at 14:08.

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    You also have the option of blackpowder at a pinch.

    I've tried the .45/70 in a hammer-action SS Pedersoli repro using this stuff. Then a Marlin like your own later with full-strength factory nitro loads. I'm not bothered about recoil usually, but that one did hurt a bit.
    If I'm going to be accused of it then it's just as well I did it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    St. Nick brought my son one of those for Christmas about 8 years ago. Great shooter. The following Christmas he got a few hundred Lyman 457-122 Hollow Point cast bullets to run through it. Great gun. Posted this before, I think, but this was a typical weekend scene that winter. Makes me smile to think of it.~Muir

    Lucky lad!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sinistral View Post
    You also have the option of blackpowder at a pinch.

    I've tried the .45/70 in a hammer-action SS Pedersoli repro using this stuff. Then a Marlin like your own later with full-strength factory nitro loads. I'm not bothered about recoil usually, but that one did hurt a bit.
    Can't face the mess with BP!

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