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    Choosing a Cowboy Marlin

    I'm trying to decide on a cb marlin. The 1895 cb is really calling my name, but I'm concerned about the recoil since both of my shoulders are bad. I plan to reload but I'm still concerned. I've been thinking about an 1894cb in 44 or 45, but I don't know anything about them in a rifle. I plan to use this rifle for hogs mostly, deer, blackbear and coyotes. I'm hoping to eventually go out west for large game.

    Which rifle do ya'll suggest?

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    If you want an everything Cowboy rifle then the 1895cbc 45-70 is your only choice in that group.
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    Mild to Wild.
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    With your shoulder being touchy I would recommend you try and shoot a 45-70 light load and see if you can handle it before purchasing a rifle.

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    A 45-70 can be loaded very to a very mild velocity with just about any weight bullet. Recoil is minimal and it will absolutely do the job. Also the longer octagon barrel adds to the weight of the rifle further reducing felt recoil.

    I have both an 1895 in 45-70 and an 1894 in 44 mag. The 45-70 is definitely more comfortable to shoot than the 44 mag, as long as I keep the loads to about 1200-1300 fps, even with 405gr bullets.

    So, unless you plan to shoot 44 special rounds in your 1894, go with the 45-70. If you reload.

    On the top end, a 45-70 can be loaded to within 150 fps of a .457 Win Mag. But the recoil is ferocious. That's why we say, "mild to wild".
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    Marlin Rifles and Carbines

    I have both a 45/70 (Limited III) and a 357 Cowboy. With bad shoulders, I'd go with a lighter calibre than the 45/70 even though I enjoy mine immensly. No use hurting yourself and become discouraged with shooting your rifle. Unless you plan to hunt fairly large game, a 45/70 is not needed to shoot targets, steel or rocks of oportunity. I also have a Marlin CL in 32/20 that is about as much fun as a guy should be allowed to have. Great little carbine for shooting out in the desert or forest.

    I'd love to have an 1895 Cowboy in 38/55. That might be the ideal compromise given your shoulder.

    I might add that I reload for all three with cast bullets and I enjoy less than 2 MOA accuracy with all three Marlins, although they are equipped with Lyman aperture sights and blade front sights for a military sight picture.

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    with bad shoulders, might want to find one in 357, you can deer hunt with it, ammo is cheap and everywhere and recoil is minimal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brushpig View Post
    I'm trying to decide on a cb marlin. The 1895 cb is really calling my name, but I'm concerned about the recoil since both of my shoulders are bad. I plan to reload but I'm still concerned. I've been thinking about an 1894cb in 44 or 45, but I don't know anything about them in a rifle. I plan to use this rifle for hogs mostly, deer, blackbear and coyotes. I'm hoping to eventually go out west for large game.

    Which rifle do ya'll suggest?
    Good to hear you reload.

    A 300 to 350 gr bullet over TrailBoss will push somewhere between a 410 and 20 ga shotgun. Not a hunting load. However, just remember, there were many animals taken with this cartridge when it was loaded with black powder. If you keep the velocity in the original BP range, like Ojaileveraction suggested, you should be fine. I think you will like the 26" barrel of the CB. It also adds a little more weight which will also help recoil.
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    I would go with a CB in .45 Colt. Recoil is mild and that round has taken most game on this continent. AND you can load it up to .44 Mag specs if you want for that time you go hunting. Or you can load it a bit hotter but mild enough for your needs.
    OR just find one in ,38/.357. Plink with the .38 and hunt with the .357. It kills just about anything out of a rifle barrel.


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