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Load Data Request: 45-70

Discussion in 'Reloading' started by creophus, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. creophus

    creophus Born Again

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    First off, I have access to several good reloading manuals and know how to use the internet.

    Do any of you have loads in 45/70 that you like using 385gr bullets? I'll be loading these in modern bolt actions and lever guns, so that won't be a limiting factor. The velocity at which you can drive a lead bullet will probably be the speed limit.

    I have the following powders on hand:
    Varget
    748
    Trailboss
    Benchmark

    Bunch of shiny new brass to use so the fun is only just begining.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. fredj338

    fredj338

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    USe any 400-405gr lead bullet data. Many guys like Varget, I prefer IMR3031 in mine, but every gun is diff. TB would make some nice bunny thumper loads.
     


  3. fredj338

    fredj338

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    A fine choice for the single shots. I used to shoot BP in my SHarps.:supergrin:
    BTW, make sure your lead bullets are at least 0.459" in dia for best results.
     
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  4. creophus

    creophus Born Again

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    Not gonna run black powder as I don't want to bother with the clean up.

    SMOKELESS load data please. :)
     
  5. fredj338

    fredj338

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    The books are full of good data. What do you want to run, BP equiv, lever gun or full house bolt/single shot? I am running a 340grLFP @ 1600fps in my Marlin GG w/ good sub 2" accuracy @ 100yds using a 2x scout scope.
     
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  6. GioaJack

    GioaJack Conifer Jack

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    You're getting sub-2inch at a thousand yards with a 45-70?

    I couldn't do that in my dreams... and I have really good dreams!


    Jack
     
  7. creophus

    creophus Born Again

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    These will go in Bolt Actions and Lever Actions so we can crank them up, but I don't want to have a problem leading. These 385gr cast bullets are the only ones I'm having right now.

    I was hoping that someone would have a favorite recipe that they could share. I've looked through 3 manual and have browsed some online data. Just looking for first hand experience.
     
  8. fredj338

    fredj338

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    Just seeing if you were paying attention Jack.:tongueout: