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    Bigger Caliber

    I was thinking the other day that it would be pretty cool if Marlin would do for other big cartridges what they did for the 45-70. Wouldn't it be nice if they made a "magnum length" action and chambered say a new version of the 45-110 or put one out chambered in .405 Winchester. I suppose this may be dreaming since the buyout of Marlin by the Freedom Group but it might be fun to ask them to consider it. How cool would that be to have a Marlin lever action of that size? Sure would help folks out that like to use lever guns on safari in Africa. What are the thoughts of you folks on this forum?
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    How about the big 50...Bill Hickok would be right proud
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    You are sooo right! Heck, the AR dudes have the .50 Beowulf. What about us? Call it the .50 Hickok!
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    Does anyone have an email address for Marlin that actually gets checked and answered by some person? I'd like to submit an email to request just that topic.
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    Would you really want to be standing their facing a charging cape buff with a rifle that may or may not chamber the next round reliably. Let them fix their qc issues first. A Safari rifle has to be 100%reliable all the time just my two cents
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunners View Post
    Would you really want to be standing their facing a charging cape buff with a rifle that may or may not chamber the next round reliably. Let them fix their qc issues first. A Safari rifle has to be 100%reliable all the time just my two cents
    Not very many people do such a thing with a factory production rifle anyway. There's always some smoothing, gunsmithing, or flat custom-building that goes on with a rifle before it heads to Africa. Why would Marlin be any different regardless of any quality issues that they might be having?
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    The Marlin action will only withstand so much pressure and by comparison to a lot of of other platforms, it isn't really a lot. Keep in mind that the modern 1895 is just a stretched 336. Also, the .450M was basically meant to provide a factory magnum version of the 45-70 but it is not nearly as popular as the 45-70 is. There was a fella on here that did a -110 I believe. Never got many reports back so not sure how it worked out.

    David R. Clay is now making his own modified version of big bore Marlins that might interest you: http://www.drcfirearms.com/

    And if suped-up chamberings get your juices flowing, here's an interesting article by Mic McPherson: What is Possible with the Marlin?
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    I thought there was one already, the .50 Alaskan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GaGuideMan View Post
    Does anyone have an email address for Marlin that actually gets checked and answered by some person? I'd like to submit an email to request just that topic.

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    It pains me to say this, but...if innovation in lever guns is wanted the most logical place to look is now Rossi/Taurus. The Taurus Raging Bull has been offered as a Ruger 480, 454 Casull, 44 Mag, 500 S&W, 30 Carbine, 22 Hornet, 218 Bee, 41 Mag. They have shown a willingness to try ideas and may be amenable to a version of their 336 clone done up in longer or otherwise different calibers. I know this is not an ideal solution on Marlin Owners, however the market place is constantly in flux and what was today may not exist tomorrow. Remlin anyone?
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