I might be able to get a Marlin 45/70 for a good price, and want to use it as a hiking, camping, maybe one day hunting gun. Obviously it would be the best choice for defense as well. The only thing is that alot of people have their 45/70s just sitting, and I don't want mine to. I can assume there are other reasons for sitting guns but the recoil on a 45/70 is pretty harsh I've heard.
If I get this gun I want to have fun with it and take it to the range without tearing up my shoulder. Can anyone link me to some cheap low recoil rounds, or have any other advice?
If this is not the gun I should get then I can grab a 30-30 for alot less, but woouldnt be good for protection. SO is there any criticism or advice for a roadtrip,hiking,camp gun?