Now that the 450 Marlin has been discontinued for two years, what are your thoughts about factory loaded ammunition becomming hard to get. The reason I ask is because I have a chance to purchase a new 450, but am hesitant because what good is buying a gun if you can't buy ammunition for it? As I don't reload, and even if you did, what are the chances that brass will be available for a cartridge that has only been around for 10 years?
Would you buy a new 1895M or put it off and would you be concerned about ammo availability?
Well they still make ammo for the 356 winchester and 307 and they were both shortlived and chambered in very few firearms and not many of them.
The 450 was chambered in a lot more firearms--Marlins, Brownings, T/C Encores, BFR pistols, H&R singleshot rifles, etc.
Just lay in a supply of ammo and it won't matter. And/or you can get reloading dies/brass, etc. for it and you won't have a problem with keeping ammo for it.
I have done the same for my 338 and it was only produced for 2-3 years and only in a Marlin.
458 bullets will never be a problem for it with the 45-70 around.
I think the 444 may be in this same boat also but it was made for a longer time but only in the Marlin rifles until they came out with Encore chamberings, H&R rifles, BFR revolvers, etc. Remington and Hornady were the only ones making ammo for it.
If I was you and you wanted the rifle then don't let the possibility of not having factory ammo run out. For one once you shoot said rifle you will be hooked and you will then do what you have to to get ammo. Look around localy to see whats available and if its pretty scarce then go online and look for it there and build up yourself some fired brass with what you shoot. Down the road start to reload the brass seems to last a very long time for reloading.
I have not seen any shortage of 450 Marlin ammo in my area, and my local gun dealer is always moving the 1895M's through his store. I just recently traded one of my 1895M guide guns (I had 2) for a BLR 450 Marlin at his place. It hasn't been 2 weeks, and he has already sold the 1895M that I traded to him. I personally do not see the 450 Marlin going away anytime soon, especially when it is the only big bore offering in the Browning BLR.
This ammo will stay available for a long time, lots of rifles & handguns out there.... I would add that several of the other posters are correct, if you intend to buy one you should consider reloading down the road to "make sure" it will be available... I bought 5 boxes of Hornady 350gr JFP to get started and now reload my own. Love the rifle, it is a ton of fun to shoot.
I know this may not answer your question.
I think it will be a while, a long while before they drop loadings for the 450M.
But at some point they may only load small batches once a year.
I say to fully enjoy your 450m you really must handload it.
Once you do that you will forget about factory ammo.
I asked the same thing about the 40 S+W 20 yrs. ago+look what happened. BUY IT!!
Buy it if you want it. Save ALL you brass and one day look into getting a single stage press and reload your own ammo. You could probably get into it for ~$100, maybe less if you shop around. 100 rounds of brass will last you a long time.
In my view all shooters should save their brass just in case they decide to reload one day. If they don't, they can always sell or barter with it later. Worse case - you make money with it, best case - you save money reloading.
I just noticed that Winchester is now making a model 94 in .450.
Model 94 Trails End Takedown, -- Winchester Repeating Arms -- Product Model
Wonder if any others are going to come out?
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