I have been drooling for months looking at 45-70 rifles, I like the Marlin guide gun also the full sized rifle is nice also. The Ruger No. 1 is great also but its more expensive but it's at the top of my list, would love to find a used one. Henry has one also but there is also all the cool Italian copys of the Springfield trapdoors, Sharps, Rolling Blocks, (John Brownings!!) 1885 Highwall, all expensive. At the cheapest is the Harrington & Richardson at about $320. I would rather not spend more then a grand but I'm not sure which I would like to spend my hard earned money on. I like the lever guns but the single shots are classic looking. Has any one ever shot the Ruger No1, Harrington & Richardson or the Marlin and what did you think? Another great one is the USSG Inc side by side ($1020), awesome old school safari style, most side by sides start at 10,000 bucks. Help I want one and I'm tired at staring at the ammo at the store and dreaming.
It looks like an awesome round, I just found a lever gun for 585, thinking about it. Is the big loop better then the reg loop, I prefer the reg one but the big loop is six rounds vs four. I dont plan to spin it like the duke! LOL
M/M, my Cabela's was clearing out a bunch of the Marlins back in Feb. so you might see if they still have any clearance deals on them at any of their locations. I posted about them in the thread below.
I will look in to used ones on gun broker. As for the round if its like a 12 gauge no problem at all. Hell, if it was like a 10 guage I would still want one. I went and saw a Marlin today but the shop only had one with a 22" barrel Im looking for the 18.5. Its out there and soon I am going to buy one. I did see a Ruger no 1 also but at over 1000 bucks it's way out of my price range but they are nice.
Ive allways wanted a lever 45/70 like the Marlin. I have a few original trapdoors in 45/70 and also an Enfield Carbine converted over by Navy Arms. Im not sure how many they converted but they are nice rifles and not many around. Maybe I will get my lever gun one day. Whats the price on the lever Marlins ?
I live in middle TN and the H&Rs can be had for $250. You might want to look around some more. Another plus about the H&R is that in many states you can use a single shot 45-70 to muzzleloader hunt with. The number of states allowing this is growing. I have gotten great accuracy from the H&R 45-70. The more I shoot the more I am drawn to simple designs that clean up easy. I still love my levers but I find I don't hunt or put a lot of rounds through them much anymore. Good luck
The factory loads for 45-70 are pretty mild, they have to be for those that shoot the old ones. If you get a modern lever gun (Marlin, Win.'86) you can load'em up quite a bit if you are up to it. They really aren't half bad with 350 gr bullets.
If it isn't broken, keep fixing it until it is.