View Full Version : The adventure...

10-17-2009, 12:51 PM
Well this all started with William Clunie in the spring of 09. He offered to sell me a Marlin 1894 Cowboy in 45 Long Colt, which I was looking for. I took him up on the offer.

I was trying to find 45LC ammunition to purchase after receiving the rifle and this proved to be quite difficult. So, I took up reloading. After getting all of my reloading supplies together I decided I needed 45LC pistol. I found a nice used Blackhawk.

Then a local gun trader called me. He said, I have an older 1894 Marlin 44 Magnum for $300, do you want it? Since I really liked the 1894 Cowboy 45LC, and the price was right, sure! Now this rifle has been around the block and is a great shooting saddle gun. Of course, I needed matching 44 Remington Magnum pistol. I found another nice used Blackhawk.

Now I am reloading my little heart out!

Then I decided I needed a Marlin 1895 45-70! I found a nice Marlin 1895 45-70 Guide Gun with straight grip in northern Colorado, again for a great price. I met the gentlemen in Pueblo during the State Fair and consummated the deal (it was his dads gun and he had passed away). After more reloading and shooting I fell head over heals for that 45-70 cartridge! It is big, bold, old, flexible, and packs a punch. And, I do not want a matching pistol.

To cap this whole adventure off, on Wednesday morning I shot this nice 6x6 bull elk with the Marlin 1895 45-70. I used the stock buckhorn sights and the distance was about 80 yards, quartering away. I used a Remington factory 405 gr SP cartridge. The bullet went in about 8" behind the front shoulder quartering to the opposite shoulder, tore up the boiler room, then out just behind the far shoulder. The bull went about 80 feet, fell over and expired.


Life goes on, now I have my eye on another late 70s Marlin 22 1895 45-70 and the 26 Cowboy 45-70. Then there is the 45-70 C Sharps and a buffalo hunt!

Thanks William Clunie!

I got my feet in the stirrups, a good horse that will stand, not a care in the world, 45-70 in my hand, life is good today!

Trinidad Bill

Jon S
10-17-2009, 12:59 PM
Good for WC getting you started on a new hobby, sounds like a good time.
Good looking elk with a great rifle, thanks for the tale and the pic.

10-17-2009, 01:44 PM
Nice bull. Since the lever bug has grabbed ya, you now need to run out and get one in .22.......Marlin 39, Winny 94-22, browning bl-22 or a henry. Then the fun can start.

William Clunie
10-17-2009, 01:50 PM
Excellent!!!!!!!! Nice bull.
I love the 45/70 too. I've been through a few guide guns and finally have limited myself to the MarlinCB. I like the extra barrel length for some reason (holds an off-hand shot well).

Keep up the good work(fun). H22's right -- get the .22 lever and don't look back.

10-17-2009, 04:26 PM
Do ya want to get hit by a freight train or porsche....both are equally deadly. Nice bull, congrats on a succesful hunt and doing it with an older style firearm. Thanks for sharing

10-17-2009, 08:19 PM
That is a beautiful bull, taken in classy style with that Guide Gun. You do need a Marlin .22 lever gun, preferably a Mountie. Come to think of it I need one myself.

10-17-2009, 08:25 PM
Congrats on the Great animal, and with a fine rifle I might add!

10-18-2009, 05:35 AM
Congratulations, nice bull and great story on the rifles. This was my favorite part:

And, I do not want a matching pistol.

10-18-2009, 08:29 AM
Yeah, but THAT comment was for the 45-70. If he gets a lever 22, he'll want a brace of matching caliber pistolas. Maybe even a hide-away derringer belly gun. And maybe a sombrero and chest-crossing bandoliers fulla ammo.......That will make up for the lacking 45-70 one. Ground skwirl bandito outfit, fer sure.

10-19-2009, 09:50 AM
Nothing like getting an animal with your own hand rolled ammo, congrats.

10-19-2009, 05:39 PM
Is there any other way?...

10-19-2009, 06:18 PM
Well done - Both Bills.