Some kind of toy I want
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14


  1. #1
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Wrightstown, New Jersey
    Posts
    2,573
    Member #
    11548
    Thanked
    1687 times

    Some kind of toy I want


    OK everyone I need some help justifying a new toy. I was looking at a 38-55 for fun (buying a used H&R Buffalo) as a compromise to buying the same gun in 45-70. This would not be for hunting but an infrequent choice for the range. Maybe some cowboy stuff later. The reason I looked at the 38-55
    (28" bbl) was it had a compromise barrel length between the 20" 45LC and the 32" 45-70.

    The price/availability of the 38-55 ammo scares me (no I am not ready to start reloading yet) so I was thinking that at 8 lbs with the 32" bbl and if I put a pad on it the 45-70 (I also have a lead sled), might not be too bad for recoil. I have a .44 mag revolver & rifle and a .45 LC Marlin lever. I am 6'5 and about 300 lbs.

    The 38-55 has coolness written all over it, but if I don't reload will I shoot it? Am I being too much of a worry wart about the 45-70 recoil (I also really like that H&R 32" bbl on the 45-70)?

    Thanks for any help in advance.
    "And some like two guns. But one's all you need if you can use it..." - Shane

    Captain Team .22 Magnum.....#001
    Team .30-30.....# 572
    Team .45-70.....# 180
    Team .38-55.....# 9
    Team 1984.....# 119
    Team 39A.....# 261
    NRA Life Member

  2. #2
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    State of Jefferson
    Posts
    2,303
    Member #
    5265
    Thanked
    47 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    You could get a 30-06 and forget the whole mess (just kidding). I own 3 45-70s, factory standard loads 405 grain really don't kick much. Sort of like a dove load in a 12 guage. The real beauty of a 45-70 is the wide range of possible loadings. Reloaders make "mild" loads which don't kick any more than a .410 and can still drop game. The hot loads really do kick hard. I bought 3 boxes of corbon and buffalo bore cheap from a guy who tried a few 500 grain whompers than said no thanks and sold the gun.
    "a little rebellion now and then is a good thing"
    -Thomas Jefferson 1787.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Jefferson

  3. #3
    Sidewinder
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Western New York
    Posts
    186
    Member #
    8062
    Thanked
    5 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    If you are using a Lead Sled to shoot from, I wouldn't worry one bit about the kick.

  4. Remove Advertisements
    MarlinOwners.com
    Advertisements
     

  5. #4
    BKS
    BKS is offline
    Sidewinder
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    138
    Member #
    7065
    Thanked
    17 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    I just got my 2nd 45-70, a Buffalo Classic, and couldn't be happier with it. The recoil ain't bad, unless you are using the elephant loads. I don't know if you can even find 38-55 rounds around here, but 45-70 are around 30.00 a box.

    Got a lee loader coming in the mail till I can set up my press.


  6. #5
    Sidewinder
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Indiana
    Posts
    229
    Member #
    2909
    Thanked
    70 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    My Marlin shoots outstanding but I've had 3 H&R rifles that shot terrible. Make sure that the H&R that you buy is a shooter.

  7. #6
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Oklahoma City
    Posts
    1,440
    Member #
    3830
    Thanked
    15 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    Your a big guy so don't worry about the recoil on the 45-70 . You got me by 75 pounds and 2 inches and I blast away with the 45-70 for hours and love it . With the weak factory loads its not as bad as a 12 ga.
    Of Empires and Kings , Generals and Armies , All have fallen and only the people have stood the test of time . It is theirs to pick up the broken pieces of ego , conquest and follies of war. From the old to the new come home safe 1st SOW USAF

  8. #7
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Lake Worth Fl.
    Posts
    7,689
    Member #
    7289
    Thanked
    7168 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    I am 5'9" and 155 lb. I like shooting my 45-70 with standard Rem loads and LE. Have not tried any woppers yet. You should have no trouble with the 45-70.
    Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall not be disapointed

  9. #8
    Marlin Marksman
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hurricane, WV
    Posts
    1,299
    Member #
    8240
    Thanked
    189 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    Have you thought about reloading?
    There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption; into our domain. For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day, you will reap it.

  10. #9
    Site Contributor Contributing Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Wrightstown, New Jersey
    Posts
    2,573
    Member #
    11548
    Thanked
    1687 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    Bronco, I have. But I am still in the gun acquisition phase. I am a bit hesitant since it seems like a big purchase with a lot of parts. Thanks everyone for the vote of confidence for the 45-70 and dispelling my worries. Sorry for sounding like a bit of a wimp but I only just started shooting again after a long gap due to illness.
    "And some like two guns. But one's all you need if you can use it..." - Shane

    Captain Team .22 Magnum.....#001
    Team .30-30.....# 572
    Team .45-70.....# 180
    Team .38-55.....# 9
    Team 1984.....# 119
    Team 39A.....# 261
    NRA Life Member

  11. #10
    Marlin Marksman
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Hurricane, WV
    Posts
    1,299
    Member #
    8240
    Thanked
    189 times

    Re: Some kind of toy I want

    I was just messin with you. I need to start reloading, too...but I just starting shooting a while back. I realize it's just one of those things that you keep finding things to spend money on. However, the only real reason I haven't started reloading yet is because I don't have room. I've been saying for years that I need a bigger house...with a bigger yard. I don't even really have room outside to build a small shack.
    There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption; into our domain. For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day, you will reap it.


Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Home | Forum | Active Topics | What's New | Subscribed Threads

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •