October 14, 2009 at 8:22pm
I am recoil sensitive; therefore, I chose the .444 Marlin for my primitive weapon over the 45-70. I further reduced the recoil by adding an approximately one pound weight (a mercury recoil suppressor to the stock), a limbsaver recoil pad, and reduced powder handloads from a hunting colleague.
A 45-70 will kill anything on the North American (and probably most African game) continent, but we are talking about deer -- a light weight, soft skinned target. Plus, the .444 Marling shoots flatter than a 45-70.
I do not have extensive hunting experience with the .444 Marlin, but the one deer I shot was killed.