I am disappointed in the options of commercial ammo for the 45/70 and the 450 Marlin. The routine loads for the 45/70 off the shelf from major cartridge companies are too light for proper hunting or defense. The only major commercial loads for the 450 Marlin are the Hornady, which use their in-house made bullets, which are not bonded or otherwise rugged enough to trust under life & death defense situations. They would be great if they even used their own new dangerous game bullets made for the big bolt gun dangerous game calibers, Kodiak or North Folk would be even better.
The semi-factory custom companies make loads for both, but they are few and far between. This makes the price a bit high for anyone needing to practice or have fun shooting. Plus, the owners of the two calibers would be in trouble if they went out of business.
I understand that you can hand load, but some do not for various reasons. There are classes of users of the two calibers who may not be real shooters, such as some fishermen, and/or hikers and photographers; they may carry just for protection only and not hunting.
Has any group in Alaska petitioned the big ammo companies to put out a better product, and use bullets that meet the needs of the caliber and its intended usage?
If not, can we do so here? Can we demand the product we want to buy?