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#12203578 - 08/12/17 .450 Marlin  
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I am considering the purchase of a Browning BLR in .450 Marlin. I would appreciate comments from those of you who have owned these rifles. Are you glad you purchased this caliber over the more common 45-70? Did you get the take-down model? If you had it to do over, would you buy the same rifle?

I have experience with Browning bolt-actions, and they have all been solid, high-quality firearms. Was that your experience with the BLR?

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#12206345 - 08/13/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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I'm going to bump this up because I'm interested too in the BLR in 450 Marlin for a gun to take camping and hiking in grizzly country. After shooting Marlin Guide guns in 45/70 and 450 Marlin there is no way I would want to own one since the stock doesn't fit me well. The BLR on the other hand fits me very well and I also appreciate the BLR's detachable magazine. I had a BLR 243 rebored to 260 Rem and I miss it a lot, one of those I should have held onto..............

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#12206451 - 08/14/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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I've got the BLR in a 358 Winchester. I can't really comment on the 450 Marlin but I like the BLR. Solid rifle and they shoot like a decent bolt gun. If you want a 450 and can get brass for it I'd say grab one. My only gripe with the Browning is the heavy trigger. Other than that it's a great set up.


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#12207421 - 08/14/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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.450 Marlin is just a more expensive, slightly hotter .45-70. I shoot buffalo bore 405 hrs soft pionts out of my .45-70 and couldn't be happier with the effects on game. My .450 sits in the safe. My suggestion is to get both 😬

#12207433 - 08/14/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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Owned the cartridge, just not in that gun. I had a Marlin in 450, and now have a Marlin in 45-70. Nothing really wrong with the 450, but having had both, I much prefer the 45-70. Feeding a belted cartridge in a lever gun always seemed "wrong".

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#12210837 - 08/15/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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I own 2 BLR's in .450 Marlin (1 takedown model and 1 Monte Carlo model) these rifles are very high quality they function great and accuracy is also very good, both of my rifles will shoot 1"-1.25" 100yd 3 shot groups with Hornady factory ammo....My only gripe would be the lack of factory ammo choices.......Hb

#12218697 - 08/19/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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Thank you for the input, everyone. I think it's a "go" on the BLR 450. Of course, I should take hunter4623's suggestion and get both ... :-)

#12415866 - 11/23/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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I have a BLR in 450 Marlin as well as a Marlin in 45/70. The 450 Marlin is the 45/70 loaded to over 40,000 psi. If you want a powerful cartridge and do not hand load, then the 450 is the way to go. If you hand load, then they both can be loaded up or down. 45/70 factory ammo is easier to find and Garrett loads some 45/70 rounds that are about equal to a 450 Marlin. In addition, more guys are buying the 450 Marlin, but the 45/70 is still more popular based on sales. Using factory ammo, the 45/70 is much more kinder and gentler to my shoulder.


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#12416298 - 11/23/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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I had the H&R Ultra Hunter in 450 Marlin. Great little outfit and a powerhouse.

#12424207 - 11/27/17 Re: .450 Marlin [Re: ohio_jeff]  
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You should be able to load bullets out to a bit longer OAL and increase the pressure in the Browning. This would definately take you out of published loads area but you would be able to get a lot of power out of this combo. You can also load spitzers. 300 grain Barnes Spitzers at 2450 and 400 grains at 2100 should be possible. This is 450 Alaskan Territory!

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