I would like to do a survey to collect real data on the performance of the 450 Marlin and/or 45/70. There are a lot of Alaskans with experience with these two rounds. I will post the results, or you can monitor them yourself. The shared information may help those deciding on what to bring to Alaska, or it can add to what you already know and use there already. We collectively get real life data and bypass the rumors.
1. Which caliber do you use, the 450 or 45/70? a. which specific bullet do you shoot, have shot, or have personally seen take an animal?
2. If you have taken a moose or a bear: a. How far was the shot? b. How far did the animal go? c. How did the bullet perform—expansion and/or penetration?
3. Do you shoot factory or semi-factory rounds? a. If so, which brand and which of the two calibers in question do you use? b. How do you rate these factory/semi-factory rounds as far as reliability?
4. Do you shoot your own hand loads? a. If so, which caliber? b. What primer and powder do you use? c. Is your choice of rounds easy to make feed and reliable, and do have any advice or tips on making them so?
5. In regard to factory or semi-factory loads, where in Anchorage do you purchase them and which cartridges are they?
6. How would you improve the cartridge if you had input with the factory?
I asked for both the 450 Marlin and the 45/70 since they are almost twins’ performance wise in most circumstances. I am thinking that the results of bullet performance may possibly save someone from experiencing negative results from a poor and uneducated choice, which can be fatal or painful.