The 45-70 is a better choice than the 444...no experence with the 450. Hotload the 45-70 with 405 grain jacketed to 2000 fps...you get about 3000 ft/lbs. Good to 150 yards. Never took a moose with my 45-70...just kept it behind the cabin door for quick bear medicine. I use a 338 Win mag or 300 Wby mag...alot of our shots are beyond 300 yards...work wonderful...drops moose like a bag of rocks.
I have never hunted moose with a lever action before, just whitetail deer. However I do own and hunt deer with the 444 Marlin. The only draw back would be the distance a hunter might have in taking their shot. It would be a 100 yard gun on moose, perhaps a 150 yard gun in the 45/70 caliber.
I have been on three hunting trip to Canada in moderate/heavy timber with Marlin 1895 45/70 with 350 grain Hornady bullets and found that at range's under 100 yards to be very deadly. I do how every think keeping the distance under 150 yds. 45/70 has a much better choice of bullets. I have had no experience with the 450 Marlin, don't see the needed already having a 45/70 that is, but would like to try out one of the guide guns Marlin offers.
I hunt mostly deer with the marlin 444, and it will shoot and cleanly kill to about 200yds. I have never shot a rifle that is more acurate than the 444 with nosler 240gr hollow points. prints clover leafs at 100yds. from center of each bullet hole the pattern was .320 " not bad for a bullet that measures in at .430". and thats no bull.
Like most hunters we all are looking for something to keep the deer on our hunting ground and to bring more deer into our hunting ground. Most of the time we just don’t have the room or funding for this to even happen. We lease a lot of smaller properties here in Kansas and we know that the farmers are needing every little bit of ground they can get to make a living. So if they give up any ground at all it’s not much. As I was talking to one farmer he told me he could give up about a half acre...