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Thread: Marlin 45/70 Deer

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    Boolit Master

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    NW Ohio

    Marlin 45/70 Deer

    I should have added to the title
    And BFR 45/70

    I took my Lady out to my new land to try deer hunting
    I was only looking for a larger buck ( I thought )
    But she was looking more for Meat
    As her son and daughter both wanted deer burger

    Nice morning
    We got to the lane back to my land about 4:30 AM
    I parked just off the road and we walked the about 300 yards to the edge of the woods

    There was 36 rows of corn cut along the edge of the woods . I later counted
    My cousin had told me we could hunt the area along the woods and to shoot as many deer as we wanted

    I put my lady in a ground blind close to the edge of the woods
    With shooting lanes into the woods and out into the field

    I went to another ground blind about 400 yards farther down the edge of the woods
    But it was farther into the woods with limed shooting lanes to the field
    But I had IMO better lanes into the thick part of the woods
    As I hoped a big buck would try sneaking in there

    She had my Marlin 1895 45/70 rifle with a Leupold 2 x 7 x 33 Shotgun scope
    NOE 460 405 Gr RF GC bullet Powder coated bullet out of a soft range lead
    Rem case , Fed LR primer and 51 gr of H 3031

    I had my BFR in 45/70 with a Ultradot Matchdot 30 MM reddot sight
    The same NOE 460 405 Gr RF GC bullet Powder coated bullet out of a soft range lead
    Rem case , Fed LR primer and 30 gr of H 4198

    Well about 7:45 I heard 2 quick shots from my lady
    With a text within 5 min that she had 2 does down
    She also texted me another doe would be nice

    Well I held off till 9 AM
    Not one decent buck was seen
    Only 1 small spike
    So when I saw a nice doe at about 40 yards
    I put the dot on her shoulder and pulled the trigger

    My Lady shot the first doe in the side of the head
    The second doe froze for a few seconds and it got hit in the lungs
    The second deer ran maybe 20 yards

    My doe was hit in the lungs
    But angling forward , smashing the off shoulder
    It went maybe 10 feet

    We field dress the deer and I was able to drive my truck in the corn field to pick up the deer
    I drove right up next to each of my ladies deer
    I only had a maybe 60 yard drag

    After calling in the deer
    We and her son spent a few hours converting the deer into tubs of meat
    With the back straps and tenderloins saved from the 3 deer
    Saturday or Sunday they will grind it and add the pork fat

    My Lady is hinting that her oldest grandson had passed his hunter safety course
    So I guess I will be taking him deer hunting Saturday LOL

    Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
    And I carry a SIG

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    Boolit Master
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    Sounds great so good you can hunt with your lady. Lots of good eats.

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    Boolit Grand Master

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    Southernmost State of the Union
    Great story! Nothing like a 45/70 to knock down ANYTHING!
    Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway!

    When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem is a nail.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    SRC Northwest FL
    A lady that can handle a 45-70 sounds like a very good catch for sure.

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    East Central Illinois
    Lots of burger there. Great job by all.
    You'll go far providin' you ain't burnt alive or scalped."

    Will Geer as Bear Claw in "Jeramiah Johnson"

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    Boolit Master pmer's Avatar
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    East Central Minn.
    "She had my Marlin 1895 45/70 rifle with a Leupold 2 x 7 x 33 Shotgun scope
    NOE 460 405 Gr RF GC bullet Powder coated bullet out of a soft range lead
    Rem case , Fed LR primer and 51 gr of H 3031"

    Did you say "naw it's okay all guns kick like that" 👍

    That's actually a great load, I gave up on the faster powders because of the sharp recoil pulse you get from a Marlin. Congratulations.
    Oh great, another thread that makes me spend money.

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    Fantastic morning.

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    Boolit Master
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    May 2007
    Seems like you are blessed on all fronts. Well done.

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    Boolit Buddy
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    You can add another Marlin 45/70 Ohio doe to the tally. She fell to a 65yd. heart shot complete pass through 350gr FN NOE.

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    Boolit Mold
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    Sep 2009
    Grate shooting guys my wife killed a big doe with her 450 bushmaster yesterday, i just picked up a ruger NO1 today in 45/70 now looking for another mould.good luck with the rest of the season.

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    Boolit Master
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    Eastern WY
    My wife has always said that there is no recoil when shooting game, whether 45-70, 358 Win or 300 Win Mag on elk, deer or pronghorn.

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    Boolit Master
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    Blackwater, Virginia
    She's Right!!

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    Boolit Buddy
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    Sounds like a great day! Congrats to all!


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    Congratulations! I enjoyed the story.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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