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Going to Maine this September on a black bear hhunt.

I have a Ruger #1 in 45-70 and I'm considering a Leupold fixed 2.5 scope

and a Bushnell 4200 1.5-6


Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: August/04/2006 at 14:10
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A chamber reamer to 450 Marlin


One of the guys I know is trying to get some of us fired up to go to Manitoba and hunt with him.  That means some trading would be in order



I am not pleased with Leupold glass.  That scope does have good eye relief.  It is rugged.  You can get the reticle changed to a 4a or post which I think is better than the heavy crosshair blocking the light and action.


I like the glass in the Bushnell better...  Given that these hunts are normally baited to a danger close level, the extra field of view thing is good and so is the better dim light performance.


A big part of me also thinks that looking at the new Ziess Conquest or even the NEG clamp on rear peep is also a good idea YMMV

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The 45-70 case actually holds more powder than the 450 Marlin case. Buffalo Bore bullets are loaded plenty hot and the Ruger #1 can handle tha hotest loads this is plenty of gun for anything on the North American contenent.

As for scopes I really like the Nikon Monarch Gold 1.5-6 x 42 but any of the 1x or 2x fixed or variables would be a good choice as the cartridge best lends itself to shots under 150 yds.  the Bushnell should be a good scope although not my personal favorite. My choice of scopes is typically leupold VXIII & Mk4 but I am quite impressed by the Nikon I mentioned.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/06/2006 at 21:57
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I used a Marlin 1895SS in 45/70 last year and took a 363lb boar up in New Brunswick . I used Buffalo Bore's 350 gr loading , and it  absolutely flattened the bear ( completed existed after blowing out the shoulder) .Buffalo Bore lists it at 2150FPS,which  easily matches the 450 Marlin. I've topped the 1895 with a 4200 Elite 1.5-6, and it works perfectly. The Rainguard even came in handy during a heavy downpour. I was able to make out a bear coming in just at last light that was a bit too small to take. Feel comfortable using the 45/70,  and good luck on your hunt.
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