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Re: 45/70

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Posted by Salmoneye on November 26, 2004 at 06:22:48 from (

In Reply to: 45/70 posted by Hawk on November 26, 2004 at 05:26:11:

DUnno about that specific rifle, but I do love the .45-70...

Factory load pressures are kept pretty low as there are alot of old Springfield 'trap-door' rifles still around and they were meant only for black powder...

The cartridge itself can be loaded effectively from 300 grain bullets all the way up to 540 grain (though those are pretty slow)...

I believe that the original loading was a hard-cast 405 grain bullet...

I used to carry my Contender pistol with 300 grain factory loads for deer and 350 grain handloads for bear...In retrospect, the 350's would have been better on Moose, as they blew through a 150 lb bear at 34 yards as if it was not there...Not that that is a bad thing ;-)

My dream rifle for the woods here (and I will have one someday) is a Marlin Guide Gun lever action with a carbine barrel and all stainless steel...

I want that...

PS.....The .45-70 loaded correctly has taken every animal on the planet, and that is not an exageration...It was widely touted as an African gun and did in fact take Elephants and Rhinos...

The guy in the story below is a nut case...A rich nutcase...But I sure would have loved to have gone along for the ride...

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