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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

What a long title for this thread. But I was interested in finding out opinions with these rifles. For some reason my heart is steering towards a lever action rifle. What are the pros and cons on lever action rifles? And how do they compare to bolt action? Accuracy? And one more thing... how good is the .450 Marlin for BLACK BEAR??? Is the .450 marlin for open country? For long range? Short range?

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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

The 450 Marlin is a short range rifle for sure. Here's an indepth review and a "must read"
http://www.galleryofguns.com/shootingtimes/Articles/DisplayArticles.asp?...

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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

Great info Hammer...Only thing in there that I guess wasnt out yet at the time of test was the new evolution rounds from hornady.....Those would GREATLY increase BC and downrange capabilities of the 450 (im stickin with my new .444xlr) Big smile But the 450 does show some impressive results over all

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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

I've used the .450 Marlin out of my Guide Gun on moose out to 248 yards (laser). I practice extensively with it and know how it will shoot and where to hold at those distances. That said, I much prefer to use the GG for the shorter range stuff. I've been trying out the new LeverEvolution ammo which should push things out a little. I also have the .450M chambered in a bolt built on a Ruger 77 action and this allows me the use of reloads such as the 300 gr. XFB. Ironically, the farthest kill with the bolt was a kudu in Namibia at a whopping 40 yards.

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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

I get the idea behind the LeverEvolution ammo, but there's just one thing I'd like to know -- how soft to those tips stay when it gets cold? If it's below zero, are they still soft enough to prevent touching off the rounds in front of them?

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Marlin Lever Action rifles, XLR series, the .450 Marlin

ewwwwww 40 yards with a .450.....Can you say HAMBURGER Laugh Laugh

Oh well...Not like you bringinh that meat home anyway huh sad

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expatriate wrote:
I get the idea behind the LeverEvolution ammo, but there's just one thing I'd like to know -- how soft to those tips stay when it gets cold? If it's below zero, are they still soft enough to prevent touching off the rounds in front of them?

Yeps...Its a polymer. It should be fine to temps well below -20f ... Im sure that had to have been tested given these are hunting rounds designd for the field and knowing that deer season is held in the winter they tested these in temps far more harsh than you or I could tolerate Thumbs up

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