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Well, you did post this in the 45-70 forum, so sub-conciously you've already decided.

I love my 1895G. Leupold scout scope, xs ghost rings, slimmed down for end. Personally I don't have much use for 357. I fell in love with 45colt as a pistol caliber a long time ago.
 

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What's your primary use gonna be?
Hunting?... 45-70
Target?.... 357/38

Do you reload?

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It will be for hunting. I figured small game I could just use a 22lr. The 45 70 you could pretty much slowed down to a 45 colt if need be for small game hunting and loaded heavy for deer and bear where the .357 has it`s lmits.
 

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Well, you did post this in the 45-70 forum, so sub-conciously you've already decided.

I love my 1895G. Leupold scout scope, xs ghost rings, slimmed down for end. Personally I don't have much use for 357. I fell in love with 45colt as a pistol caliber a long time ago.
I really like the 45 Colt actions but they're tough to come by in a very expensive.
That originally why I was looking for 454 Casull.
 

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That is like asking should I get a .22 Rim fire or a Howitzer lol.

It all depends on what you wish to use it for.

Marlin 1894 .38Sp/.357Magnum From plinking and Small Game to Deer to around 100 yards the .38Sp/.357 Magnum will do the job well. They are cheap to reload for or to purchase factory ammo for. Also ammunition is usually pretty easy to find in those calibers since they are probably the most widely used calibers out there. Another plus is due to the low recoil you can pretty much hand it off to anyone and they should be able to shoot it well.

Marlin 1895 45-70. Can be loaded from Mild to Wild but it is far more expensive to reload than the smaller calibers due to the amount of powder used as well as bullet weights not to mention the cost of brass. But Brass will seem as if it will last forever. It is also capable from plinking and Small Game but also probably anything else that walks or crawls in the 48 depending on load.

So if you are going to hunt Large Game such as Elk or Moose or worry about Big Bears then the 45-70 is the ticket. If not then the .38Sp/.357 Magnum will serve you well.

I will add that you can load the 45-70 pretty cheap with the use of such powders as Unique but you will still be throwing 2 times plus the amount of lead down range with the 45-70 over the .38Sp/.357 Magnum.

Due to these factors and many others I have settled on 2 Marlins a Pre Safety Marlin 1894 in .38Sp/.357 Magnum and the Marlin 1895 GS in 45-70. I had a Marlin 1894SS .44 Magnum but the Marlin 1895GS in 45-70 could do everything the .44 Magnum could do but Far Better.
 

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I vote for the 45-70. You can load 405 gr. lead bullets with 13 gr. of Unique for mild loads. There is not any real comparison between 45-70 and 38/357. Maybe if you have a 357 pistol you could shoot the same caliber.
 

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Have you already have a Howitzer a 338 Lapua 32 in barrel, they make abmess of deer inside 300 meters.

I really don't need either. I have been kicking it around between a 357, 45 70, 45 Colt, 454 Casull.
 

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I vote 357. The ammo is easier to find, cheaper and comes in boxes of 50. If you reload you can cast little 105gn pills and shoot them with a dusting of powder and then shoot the 357's when you want to kill stuff.

for what its worth I reload for both 38/357 and 45-70 but if I didn't I wouldn't have shot my guide gun in the last 6 months because there just hasn't been a box of ammo to pay $50.00 for.

and and and... if you are wise with your mold choice you can shoot the same bullet in your 9mm pistols too... (assuming you cast bullets and reload)
 
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Have you already have a Howitzer a 338 Lapua 32 in barrel, they make abmess of deer inside 300 meters.

I really don't need either. I have been kicking it around between a 357, 45 70, 45 Colt, 454 Casull.
I can not really expand on the information I gave about the .38Sp/.357 Magnum and 45-70 without a writing a book lol. But I will say that if I was thinking about the 45 Colt or 454 Casull I would get the 45-70 as for lots of my own reasons I feel the 45-70 is far better than both of them.
 

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45~70!!! It can do it All! The little bitty 38/357 only wishes it could! If you don't go for the 45~70, at least go for a 45LC or 44mag! At least they can kill things without bouncing off like the Wimpy itty bitty 357! :biggrin:
I had an 1894 357, it Quickly went down the road in a trade for an 1895CB! I ain't got no use for the 357 in a carbine, 44 mags and up for me!

Flame Suit ON!!!! :flute: :marchmellow:

Good Luck
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It depends on how much they want for the 357... If they want 400 then get the 357 and sell it to fund the 1895 and ammo.
If not then get the 45-70 and tell Husker Leverman where to find the 357...


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You didn't tell us the prices. A 1894 in .357 at a good price is very hard to come by. 1895 Guide Guns are a lot easier to find at a reasonable price. Both are great guns, but quite different uses for hunting. You are correct that you have just about everything covered with a .22 and a 45-70, especially if you reload. Anyway, it'd be hard to pass up a 357 for a good price but it sounds like a 45-70 is the rifle for you.

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The 45-70 gg is $600 and the .357 is $1000. I'm thinking of getting the 45-70 gg and cutting the barrel down to 16-1/4" and change the lever.
I'm going to have to vote for the .45-70. It would have to be something real special for me to pay 1K for the .357.
But, it's your money, spend it the way that makes sense to you.
 
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