I know a few guides frequent this forum, so was hoping I could get some input both from them, as well as the rest of you whom have experience with both these calibers.
I just bought an 1895 guide gun to use for when I'm guiding for spring bear. I hand load, so am able to use decent loads for it. That being said, I also have a 375 Taylor wildcat built on an FN Mauser CRF action which produces the same numbers as the H&H. I used the 375 for moose guiding last season, but thought maybe I would try this 45-70 guide gun that everyone is raving about.
So after having bought the rifle, and having some gunsmithing work done to the 1895 like adding an extended mag, new ejector, etc, I still don't know how I feel about this rifle, and if it is just a "cute" lever gun in comparison to my CRF 375, instead of a serious working gun. That being said, that lever gun is pretty handy compared to my 24" barreled bolt gun.
Anyone here have experience with the Marlin in a guiding situation? Will it work adequately and well for those awkard angle shots, or when it comes down to needing a working gun, is the 1895 45/70 just a novelty, and better left as a hunting rig rather than a backup rifle?