Does anybody here know what the most powerful lever gun cartridge that can be had, is? Ballistics?
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I would have said the 450 Marlin in a current factory gun, but it was dropped in this year's catalog. Not sure how it stacks up against the 50 Alaskan though.
Marlins in 44-40. Whacking varmits since 1888
450 Marlin and 45/70 have identical ballistics if both are loaded to max. The largest I've seen is a 50-110:
I would have to go with the .50-110, .50 Alaskan or someting D. Turnbull makes.
BLR has been chambered in some crazy powerful rounds.Originally Posted by Flat Top
Perhaps not the most powerful but interesting reading nevertheless: http://www.levergun.com/Marlin/index.html
I've seen a 7mm mag BLR re-done to 416 Taylor.Originally Posted by mogwai
Pretty sure it's Mic McPherson that does .510 Kodiak Express on Marlins and will do some of the large Winchester actions that are clones with modern steel and non rebounding hammers. Powerwise that should be way up the ladder, ballistics of the long range and energy, I think would belong to the BLR in a .338 Win mag.
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Swany, I think you're right. I remember reading about some of McPherson's conversions. Impressive.
Guess a Ruger Number One wouldn't qualify as a "lever gun" despite the lever-operated falling block action eh? Those single-shot Rugers have been made to handle some very stout catridges!
Far as I know the BLR has never been made in .338WM. It has been made in .300WM and .300WSM. I'd figure the most powerful lever rifle to be either the BLR in .325WSM (just under 4,000 FPE with Win 220gr load) or a stout handloaded BLR/.450. The BLR action is good to 65,000 PSI +/-. I own both the .325 and .450 in the BLR and both recoil pretty good, the .325 being well under 7 lbs and the .450 right at 7 lbs, without scope.