Thinking if getting a 1985g 45-70

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by billyjack, Dec 11, 2012.

  1. billyjack

    billyjack New Member

    This would be my first rifle, I have 2 sigs
    P228 9mm and a P232 380 cal.
    I'm looking for a large caliber rifle.. Not for hunting just range and home defense .
    What are your thoughts ?
  2. SHOOTER13

    SHOOTER13 RETIRED MODERATOR Lifetime Supporting

    Welcome to the Marlin Firearms Forum billyjack !!

    I would say that's alot of rifle ( caliber ) just for range and self defense...

  3. greyhawk50

    greyhawk50 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Forum.
    As for the 45-70 for the purposes that you mentioned, it wouldn't be my first choice. But to each their own. The ammo is a little pricey for paper punching unless you load your own (reloading is fun and rewarding and we have threads about that). As for home defense, the 45-70 is a little over kill.
    However, I really like my lever guns and Marlin is as good as they come (especially if you find a used JM model). Personally, I would lean towards a .357, .44 mag. or a .45 LC for home defense because they hold 10 rounds, the ammo is less expensive and either is a good defense load. If you think that hunting is somewhere in your future, the 45-70 would be a good choice.
    But, you did ask for opinions and ultimately the choice is yours. Let us know what you decide.
    And again, welcome.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  4. billyjack

    billyjack New Member

    Thank you for the info... I'm still looking, I will post pix of what I get.
  5. FOUR4D4

    FOUR4D4 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum Billyjack