Been on the fence about purchasing one of these lever action rifles for about a year now. The .45-70 is the tried and tested cartridge for over a century and I've seen the brute force of it on YouTube reviews several times. I'm a bit torn between the Henry model and the Marlin, to be honest. The Marlin is a tad bit heavier but not by much---several ounces at best. However; I'm not seeing much of a difference between the two by way of performance. Accuracy, reliability, and comfort are all but identical. While the hardcore enthusiast would argue differently, I'm basing my opinion after watching several reviews about both and shooting both at the local range. The 45-70 round is my preferred cartridge but I don't look down my nose at the 30-30 either. If anyone in this group has a lever action, I'd really like to hear about your experience and no bullshit assessment because while these models go back over 100 years, they still fetch a sizable chunk of change here in CA--occasional sales not withstanding. I don't settle for less when I've spent over $600--$700 on a rifle.
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