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Some one will have to enlighten me here. I really wanting a marlin lever action, not for any really good reason (althought im sure i could dream one up Smile), anyway i was looking at a couple of calibers, 444 marlin and 45/70. After a quick glance looking at a balistics table (wikippidia real accurate) i noticed that the 444 has better ft/s and ft-lbs of energy. So my choice is obvious the 444? or is that simple... am i missing something here.
 
 
Note: im not a real genius on balistics, just looking for a little info
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check out Buffalo Bore's website for top end ballistic data ... There is a reason why more lever actions are availalbe in 45/70 than the 444... I have two 45/70's and NO regrets ..

45-70 Magnum - Lever Gun Ammo - 350 gr. J.F.N.(2,100fps/M.E.3,427 ft.lbs.) - 20 Round Box

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Have you tried buying ammo for them both yet? The .45/70 is a lot easier to get.
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 45-70 for the win.
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Originally posted by RONK RONK wrote:

 45-70 for the win.
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I own one in .444 and am happy with it.  I don't believe it's any better or worse than the 45/70, I use mine for close cover whitetails and it "thumps" them as the 45/70 would also.
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get the 45-70 easy to find ammo also more loads size
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I went with the 444 to keep fewer calibers for reloading, some .429 projectiles are suitable for both 44 and 444. Both 45-70 and 444 are available in the BFR revolver also - makes a great combo with the lever gun
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I love my 444, especially with the hornady ammo!
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im still torn between the two, i guess you can really go wrong here, however marlin does make more 45/70's, the 1895G has caught my attention. I like the shortness if the rifle. Easy to manuver out of a vehical in a hurry ( 37" total length) as compared to trying to manuever my 300 win mag (46" length). Would be nice for those times when you only have a few seconds to make your shot.
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If you are going after a big power house, might as well get the 45-70.  It will do everything the .444 will do but do it better.  With teh .444 most of the bullets available are pistol bullets, so they will not have as thick of jackets and be as tough for bigger game.  With the 45-70 the bullets are rifle bullets.

I went through the same thing a few years back for the .444 the 45-70 or the .450 marlin.  45-70 won out as it has the most available ammo options and rifle options. 
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