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Old 06-08-2010, 02:05 PM
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I will be purchasing a Marlin 45/70 with a Micro-Groove barrel. Any input, load data, advice or any helpful suggestions on using cast bullets in the Marlin would be appreciated.
I've read differing points of view regarding accuracy with cast bullets in the 45/70 Micro Grooved models. The consensus seems to be heavier and faster vs. light and slow.
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Old 06-08-2010, 06:53 PM
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Ever consider the heavy and slow for the 45/70?
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:46 PM
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Longshotz:

Each and every rifle is into a world of it's own.

My Marlin has a micro-groove barrel, and I've shot everything under the sun through it without a problem one.

There's no reason why yours shouldn't do the same.

But like all rifles are, yours could have a completely different idea concerning the whole matter. He He He !!

It's all good

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Thanks for the replies so far, but I am primarily interested in actual data and range or hunt proved techniques vs. views or opinions.
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Well here is a well-grounded opinion from a guy who has probably cast more bullets than anyone you will ever meet - the site owner, Marshall Stanton, of Beartooth bullets. I'll paraphrase:

Get the barrel CLEAN. Order them at 0.460" for a Marlin as the bore tolerances tend to be on the large side. Use a Lyman "M" die to flare the case mouths for easy, straight seating. Bullets with gas-checks will be the most forgiving. Use the Lee Factory Crimp die to crimp the snot out of them. Seat at whatever length will let the bullet nose just touch the rifling when the lever closes. If the gun gives any trouble, lap the bore.

I can assure you, from personal experience, that good hard cast bullets in that caliber will go through any animal you can find, and maybe 2 or 3 of them. Hang on with full power loads.
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Thank you gentlemen for the info. I will check it out; and I have heard of Marshall Stanton. A fine upstanding and very helpful individual indeed.
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Well here is a well-grounded opinion from a guy who has probably cast more bullets than anyone you will ever meet - the site owner, Marshall Stanton, of Beartooth bullets. I'll paraphrase:

Get the barrel CLEAN. Order them at 0.460" for a Marlin as the bore tolerances tend to be on the large side. Use a Lyman "M" die to flare the case mouths for easy, straight seating. Bullets with gas-checks will be the most forgiving. Use the Lee Factory Crimp die to crimp the snot out of them. Seat at whatever length will let the bullet nose just touch the rifling when the lever closes. If the gun gives any trouble, lap the bore.

I can assure you, from personal experience, that good hard cast bullets in that caliber will go through any animal you can find, and maybe 2 or 3 of them. Hang on with full power loads.
+1. BTB .460"-425gr over a stout load of H335 works very well in my 1895 and 1895GG! Very accurate and a hammer on big game.

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