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Good day every one. I am new here. I just purchased my very first 45-70, and as it is, it is the Stainless guide gun. I got to shoot one about a year ago and became enamored with it. So due to a loss bet between my wife and I, I am now a proud owner. The unfortunate thing is that I was called back to work when my rifle finally showed up at the gun store. Waited 3 months and it came the day I had to go back to work. I am big into reloading, and I have already loaded up about 100 rounds for my new rifle. I used 50gr of varget with 405 gn laser cast bullets and CCI 200 large rifle primers. From my experience with varget, I should be happy with what I have loaded. With a lot of research, I have seen that HB 332 seems to be a good powder and gives a good muzzle velocity. I have used this as well in my 223 and I like it. I have wondered if CFE223 would work well in the 45/70 or TAC. I like to have the ability to interchange powders, especially when you can't find the powder you like. Any advice would be helpful, or load information.

One question I would like answered is paper patching for .452 or .451 bullets. There is some info out there but it seems to be limited and not a lot of information is out there. This is something that I have been pondering about for some time now. I would like to see what the ballistics are on these types of bullets when pushed out of a 45/70. :hmmmm: I would also like to see some load info on it as well.

My main goal is to have fun with my rifle and push it has far as it can go and be safe about it. In addition to creating loads that out preform factory ammo. I already do this with my other guns, and my new SBL will be no different.

Now I know Remlin has had a lot of issues, and from some of the stuff I have read, it seems like a lot of these issues have been ironed out, but others still remain. What are things I should look for in my new rifle that would suggest issue? I am planning on using a happy trigger, and a bear proof extractor and change out the plastic feed plug in the mag tube to an aluminium one. What else should I change out?


Thanks ahead of time.
 

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Wish you luck with your new SBL. I bought an SBL about 2 years ago and have not had any issues other then a sharp edge on my loading port opening which some emery cloth took care of. I only hand load "Trap Door" loads using 405 LFN bullets w/H4198 to about 1350 fps. which I find comfortable and accurate for my needs. I have a 4x Weaver Scout Scope on mine and have it positioned pretty far back on the picantinny rail. I like hearing that 405 slapping the target at 100 yds. I too do not like the sloppy stock trigger but it actually breaks clean so I am leaving it alone.
 

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Welcome from Alabama.... We're into gun porn around here, post us some pictures of your new long gun...
 

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Welcome to the forum and enjoy that new rifle.
 

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Welcome! Sounds like you are getting her pretty much figured out.

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Welcome to MO from Virginia. Congrats on the new gun. After you start shooting that beast you'll find that speed isn't your friend with that hand cannon. I've used Varget, IMR-3031, Unique and green dot powder. Both my 45-70 prefer 3031 on heavy load over Varget. Not a lot of different between Green Dot and Unique shooting 300 or 405 cast light loads. My shoulder would rather me shoot light loads. I've found that white tail here in Virginia really can't tell the difference between a 405 grain bullet bullet hitting them at 1000fps or 2000FPS.
 

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I am planning on using a happy trigger, and a bear proof extractor and change out the plastic feed plug in the mag tube to an aluminium one. What else should I change out?
If this is a JM stamped Marlin, you might want to consider purchasing a new style concave magazine follower ....if you plan on using Hornady FTX or MonoFlex ammo/projectiles.

The new Marlins (or as some refer to them as Remlins) already should have a concave mag follower.

The OE Marlin Concave mag followers are made of Delrin and work just fine. But nothing wrong with an aluminum, brass or stainless steel concave mag follower either.
 

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Welcome to MarlinOwners and thanks for joining us. Congratulations on your new 45-70, you're going to really enjoy it.
 

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I wont be back home until May. :( But when I do get home, I will definitely post some pics along with first impressions of the new Remlin.
 

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The bet was about trying to eat right and be healthier. Although the eating right was not hard to do, we had also invoked a cause of no drinking beer or any adult beverage for the year. I enjoy my micro brews, and my wife is a wine snob. It is not that we are alcoholics, well not full blow ones anyhow, but after a long day or week, it is nice to sit down to a frosty cold one. With my job, we are not allowed to have alcohol of any type on the job site. I eat, sleep, and live on site until the work is done, so not being able to partake in an ice cold beer is no biggie for me. My wife on the other hand, has friends that do wine tasting afternoons, in addition to sitting around and talking about how their husbands don't put the toilet paper back on the holder or constantly leaving a wet towel on the floor in the bedroom. I knew this bet was going to be harder for her than it was for me. So our bet was made for a hefty price, a $1000.00 to the winner. She made it a month and a half. I was proud of her, I was on the verge of caving myself. But alas I won in the end.
 
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