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    I am a Marlin Collector

    Hi Guys:

    I have been collecting Marlins for about 10 years now. I am trying to get every caliber Marlin has ever made. I have read some where that they made a 40-70 in a very early Marlin. Not to be confused with a 45-70.

    WS

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    Very limited in the 1895, the 95 was a very low production to start with. I believe the 1881 had a few 45-85s

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    .40-70 Ballard also utilized in Marlin Ballard #4 (Perfection)


    Also I can remember precisely but i believe 4 1/2 (Mid Range) and #5 (Pacific) were also chambered in .40-70
    however I can't recall if it was .40-70 Ballard or Sharps....

    I don't know the exact differences between the two offerings other than the Sharps had a larger primer,
    in comparison to the Ballard

    I don't have a marlin or ballard books here at the my office....so I'll rely on MM93 can correct or expand upon
    this point....he's a walking Ballard dictionary...
    Darin

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    Winchester chambered the 1886 in 38-70 and 40-70, both based on the 45-90 case length, the 40-70 being a different loading of the 40-82. There were only 629 86s in 40-70, so there were just a few Marlin 1895s, I seen one for sale a few years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by oodmoff View Post
    .40-70 Ballard also utilized in Marlin Ballard #4 (Perfection)


    Also I can remember precisely but i believe 4 1/2 (Mid Range) and #5 (Pacific) were also chambered in .40-70
    however I can't recall if it was .40-70 Ballard or Sharps....

    I don't know the exact differences between the two offerings other than the Sharps had a larger primer,
    in comparison to the Ballard

    I don't have a marlin or ballard books here at the my office....so I'll rely on MM93 can correct or expand upon
    this point....he's a walking Ballard dictionary...
    My #4 1/2 Midrange, and my #6 1/2 Rigby Offhand Ballard, and my #1 1/2 Ballard Hunter, all in .40-70 Ballard. Which is the same cartridge as the .40-63 Ballard Everlasting. And by chance the same cartridge as the Sharps version of .40-70SS. I've taken original Sharps .40-70SS cartridges and dropped them right in the chamber of my Ballards.
    I load all three using either .40-70SS brass, or shortened .405 Win. brass. Just cut off approximately .10" and run into my .40-70SS dies.
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    Thanks Guys: A few years ago I was at a gun show out of state. There was an old Marlin on a guys table, I thought it was a 1895. He was busy with other customers and I asked what caliber is the Marlin. He replied 40-70. I though he must of said 45-70 but that didn't seem right. An hour later I went back to make sure, he said sorry it was sold. It was a 40-70..... I have NEVER seen another one in all my travels.

    WS
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