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These are my 2 Magnum Research BFR Revolvers. One is in .45-70, and the other is in .500 S&W Magnum. Not Rugers mind you, but they are very similar to the Ruger design. I really like the counterbored chambers. My Ruger Super Blackhawk has them, but it was purchased back in 1973. I wish Ruger would go back to that. It makes for a nice clean looking gun. I also like the fact the barrel isn't set back in the frame too far. The handloads pictured with the .45-70 are loaded with 552 Gr. Gas Check Cast Bullets. Recoil isn't too bad because of the guns weight, (4 1/2 pounds). Bill T.

This is my Marlin .45-70 Guide Gun. It makes a nice companion piece to the .45-70 BFR. I like pistol / rifle combo guns. I've got a Winchester Trapper in .45 Colt to go along with my 2 Ruger Blackhawk .45's, and a Marlin 39A to go with my Ruger Stainless Single Six Convertable.
 

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God Almighty that looks like a hoss! I have shot the S and W .500 Magnum once, and I honestly did not think it was too bad. But the 45/70 looks like it would kick the crap out of you. I like rifle/handgun combos too. I have a Rossi 92 Winchester clone in .45 Colt, and 3 Rugers(One Blackhawk, two Vaqueros) in same caliber. I really like that Marlin of yours!
 

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Actually the .45-70 BFR isn't too bad. It's a much lower pressure cartridge than the .500 S&W and because of that recoil is less sharp and violent. However that said when I load up the 552 Gr, Gas Checks hot it does get a little "intresting". With factory 405 Gr. Remington Soft Points recoil is about like my Ruger Super Redhawk with stiff .44 Magnum loads. Bill T.
 

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I would have to get Sheepdog to help me get them babys up on target. I'd have to tie my butt to a tree to stay in one spot. Man them are beautys. Good luck with them.
 

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You ain't layin' those cannons up on MY shoulder-unless maybe the payment was one of those Marlins=--I've never fired the 45/70 but I hear the siren call-brute looking rifle.
 

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Mercy! Those are some BIG, nice hoglegs.
 

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billt, what kind of range do you shoot those revolvers at? I'm partial to shooting steel, and I would guess those would floor the plates way out there. What powder do you use to feed that round with the 552GCs?

Thanks, and nice pics
 

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Plateshooter,

For the 552 Gr. Lyman Gas Checks I load 38.0 Gr. of IMR 3031 for around 1,400 FPS in the 10" barrel of the BFR. The long sight radius of the BFR makes the sights useful out to 100 yards and beyond. It's really a nice useable gun. It delivers good performance for a gun of it's size and weight. As you can tell from the photos, the sight radius is just as long as the Marlin Guide gun. The big, heavy cast slugs perform well in both the BFR and the Guide Gun. Bill T.
 

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Thanks for the reply billt. It would be interesting to see one of the hunting television show hosts take one of those to Africa and try it out on some of the game there. Ted Nugent are you listening?
 

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billt, Dang. Those are some fine guns. Think they might a bit much for this old man, although I would maybe just once or maybe twice set one of those big teeth rattling suckers off just to see what it's like.[^]
 

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Those look like a blast [literally] to shoot! :D I have the Taurus Raging Bull in .500 Magnum and the recoil is a hard shove but the recoil isn't what I'd consider unmanageable. I'd love to try that
45-70 though. [:p]
 

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quote:Originally posted by billt


These are my 2 Magnum Research BFR Revolvers. One is in .45-70, and the other is in .500 S&W Magnum. Not Rugers mind you, but they are very similar to the Ruger design. I really like the counterbored chambers. My Ruger Super Blackhawk has them, but it was purchased back in 1973. I wish Ruger would go back to that. It makes for a nice clean looking gun. I also like the fact the barrel isn't set back in the frame too far. The handloads pictured with the .45-70 are loaded with 552 Gr. Gas Check Cast Bullets. Recoil isn't too bad because of the guns weight, (4 1/2 pounds). Bill T.

This is my Marlin .45-70 Guide Gun. It makes a nice companion piece to the .45-70 BFR. I like pistol / rifle combo guns. I've got a Winchester Trapper in .45 Colt to go along with my 2 Ruger Blackhawk .45's, and a Marlin 39A to go with my Ruger Stainless Single Six Convertable.
Nice revolvers and I love that Marlin.

I know what you mean about carying revolver/rifle combo guns, I also have a Marlin 39A and Ruger Stainless Single Six Convertable as well as a Marlin CBC, (Cowboy Competion), in .45 Colt and my Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt sporting a 5 1/2" barrel in stainless steel with a lot of custom work done to it by professional gunsmiths as well as myself.
 

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Nice Guns,... Boy I bet you can take some Bark off a tree with that BIG ONE...!!!...<:))
 
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