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Old 06-17-2010, 06:46 PM
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I received my .45-90 Marlin back from Dave Clay yesterday. This is the first one he has done. I can't wait to shoot this cannon. Here are some pics.














I hope to post a video of it cycling a few 2.85" COL rounds soon.

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Old 06-17-2010, 08:40 PM
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Looks like an awesome rifle. What are the details?
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:28 AM
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Well it is a 4 year old marlin 1895 cowboy. It has the 26" octagon barrel with the full length magazine tube. In Feb. I sent it to DRC to get the action lengthened to accept 2.75" COL which is .02" longer than the max I have heard is possible else where. After talking to Dave he mentioned that he thinks he has it to where he can get it to cycle 2.85. I did the math in my head real quick and realized that equals a .45-90 case with bullet meant for a .45-70 lever seated to the crimping grove, so I said go ahead and ream it out to .45-90. It holds 8+1 rounds of .45-90. .45-90 loaded to marlin acceptable pressures can match some .458 win mag loads, so this thing packs a lot of fire power.

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Old 06-18-2010, 11:19 AM
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Nice rifle. I had a 45-90 in a Sharps for a while. The 45-90 was a real "kickbutt" round.
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:52 AM
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Very nice, a fine lookin' rifle!
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Old 06-18-2010, 05:51 PM
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I like the .45-90 (the rifle in my Avatar is chambered for .45-90). And you're right - load this one up somewhat and you'll have low-level .458 performance (and recoil!). Nice to see it chambered in a Marlin.
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Old 06-18-2010, 07:02 PM
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Thats cool. so it will feed normally out of the magazine tube? Is a .45-90 more powerful load then say a buffalo bore .45-70. I just bought a box for my .45-70 marlin 1895 which has 405 grains at 2000 fps... pretty powerful
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:44 PM
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Thats cool. so it will feed normally out of the magazine tube? Is a .45-90 more powerful load then say a buffalo bore .45-70. I just bought a box for my .45-70 marlin 1895 which has 405 grains at 2000 fps... pretty powerful
The only factory ammo I know of that is available is low pressure for cowboy action shooting. I have loaded my own to the pressures the marlin action is capable of which should be around 4,500 ft-lbs. I will be at the range on Sunday testing these rounds and scoping it in. I currently am using RL-10x which is not the ideal powder so the performance may be less than ideal, but still more than 4k ft-lbs in power.

If anybody wants to see this beast in action I'll be at Sleepy Creek Lake in WV on Sunday testing it out at the range.

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Old 06-19-2010, 08:12 AM
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Out of my 34" barreled 1885 I've sent 500 gr bullets downrange at close to 1900 fps - and that was 3 grain under max load! However, I much prefer to shoot the Hornady 325 gr. FTX bullet (with the pointed polymer tip) with a somewhat reduced load of 5744 (an excellent powder for .45-90). They're quite accurate and much easier on my shoulder. But if we ever get overrun with Cape Buffalo or Grizzly Bears...
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Old 06-21-2010, 08:45 AM
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Thats cool. so it will feed normally out of the magazine tube? Is a .45-90 more powerful load then say a buffalo bore .45-70. I just bought a box for my .45-70 marlin 1895 which has 405 grains at 2000 fps... pretty powerful
I forgot to answer your first question in my previous post. Yes it feeds normally out of the magazine tube.
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Is Sleepy Creek Lake close to Beckley? Im looking for a gun range and some shooting buddys.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:08 AM
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Went out and crony'd some .45-90 loads at Cresap rifle club in Frederick, MD on Saturday. I worked up from 2,664 ft-lbs up to 4,116 ft-lbs.

The powder I was using was BL-C(2) as recommended by QL. The powder ended up being a good deal slower than predicted, so the maximum pressure I reach I would guess was around 40k. That is just a guess, I haven't updated the QL model with the actual measurements yet.

For most shots I used the sled, but I shot a couple off hand to get a feel for the recoil. I would compare it to a buffalo bore .45-70 ammo.

Every round cycled perfectly through the action. The gun/rounds were extremely accurate too. I was shooting on the 50 yard range because the purpose of this trip was mainly for chronying rounds, but I was tearing the black out of the bullseye little by little every shot
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Old 07-12-2010, 09:16 PM
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It'd look a way better without that scope on it.

Pretty cool!

I have the zact same rifle in the "original state" (45-70) Mine tends to shoot higher with every shot as the magazine gets emptier. My best group (5 shots) is about 3/4 inch wide and 1 1/2" tall at 75 yards with the original sites.

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Old 07-14-2010, 11:10 AM
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I agree, it does look better without the scope, but I haven't been that successful with the irons. I hunt on a wide open 1000 acre farm so I want to be as confident as possible in long shots.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:37 PM
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Very awesome!!! As an owner of 2 Marlins in 45-70 I would love to make one a 45-90, any advice and what should I expect to pay? PM or email me if you want. Way nice looking and way super cool!
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:20 PM
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Short vid from the range earlier. These are my most accurate whitetail loads. 77gr of H335 behind 300 Sierras. They chrony at 2477 fps.

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13-Maley I am wondering what this man charged you to have that lever Cowboy model of yours made into a 45/90 caliber?

I have such a lever gun down in the vault and also a Sharps 45-120 and Creedmoore "John Bowdine" 45/90 caliber.
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