Finally touched off the 45-70 tonight...

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  1. astepup

    astepup

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    And damn does that thing have authoritah! I'm so glad I got a rifle with the 24" barrel. I went online and think I've found a workaround for the stupid rebound hammer and no half-cock safety. Apparently I can use a hammer and trigger from Browning, might also put in a reduced power hammer spring.

    Can't imagine many critters that could survive a well placed shot from this beast. Still kind of kick myself for not discovering the love of lever actions a lot sooner in life. Oh well...on to a few pics.
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    byf43 NRA Patron Life Member

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    VERY nice!!!!!!

    If you're going to reload for this, Reloader 7 and Cast Performance 405 gr WLNGC boolits make one great combination.

    I load to about 1600 fps and really mild recoil.

    I got my preferred load from this article.

    https://www.realguns.com/archives/117.htm/
     
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  3. Jdirt

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    That is one purdy smokepole and in the best caliber as well.
     
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  4. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    That butt plate looks like some medieval torture device...but nice rifle in one heck of a round that just won't go away.
     
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    I bought this Marlin 1895 Guide Gun to carry with me in Alaska and the Northern tier. I bought it in Springfield .45-70 because it was an official Army caliber. Surprisingly, while not benign, the recoil is not bad.
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    Very cool! Just curious, what ammo? Factory/handload..? Seems like .45-70 would be a blast
    to work up a load, for. Has to be other ammo nerds wondering the same.
    :cheers:
     
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    405gr bullet @ 1600fps is some serious energy! Is that the max velocity, or can you push it faster? I'm guessing accuracy was best at 1600..? Not sure if I believe the 'mild recoil' part. Will take you're word for it though.
     
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    GVIFlyer Senior Member

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    Read the article that I included and see the data on the Cast Performance 405 boolit.
    Chamber pressures are low(er) than with other powders.

    I broke my neck in '01 and my surgeons told me that I can shoot whatever I want, as long as it doesn't "hurt".

    I can shoot that load, all day long!
    The faster loads (same boolit/same powder) really get my attention. After 5 rounds of the heavier load, I've had enough for the day.

    As for accuracy, it is nothing short of FANTASTIC.
    I got a 5 shot group, shot from an Uncle Bud's "Bulls Bag" with a leather "bunny ear" rear bag, that's less than .75" at 100 yards.
    (I do have photos!)
    Was it a fluke?????? No. I have another photo of the group, where the impact(s) were just a little lower on the target.


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  10. Bruce H

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    Great round to play with. I have three guns in 45/70. A NEF single shot. A Pedersoli Sharps replica with a thirty two inch barrel, and a Magnum Research BFR in 45/70 because it is nice to have rifles and revolvers in the same caliber. I load 325gr HP 405 gr 475 gr gas check, and 535 gr. Use XMP 5744 for most loads.
     
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    The gun came with 2 1/2 boxes of shells, so I opened up the Hornady 325 grn FTX loads.

    I've been reloading for 40 years (since age 13) and I'm looking forward to cooking up some nice recipes to feed this "shooting prybar".
     
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    I need to dust off my Uberti 1885 high wall clone and develop some smokeless loads for it. I used to shoot it in BPCR competitions using my own loads which consisted of a 415gr cast boolit, 65 grains of Swiss FFG blackpowder and a vegetable wad. Won my class a couple of times until I got divorced and moved North.

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    I shot my brother's Marlin 1895 Guide Gun in .45-70 last week and he had the Hornady Leverevolution 325gr loads.

    It did indeed make you take notice. Very impressive!

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    I just ordered one of the new Davidson 1886 take downs with 20" barrel. These are great guns. I also have one one similar to the one you are showing. Enjoy.
     
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    Classic
    Simply
    Classic
    Gun and round
     
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    Those are mid-mild loads for the 45-70.

    Depending upon the gun, it can be driven even faster.
     
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    Nice looking rifle! .45-70 is one of my favorite calibers.
     
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    Just for you, vart...:cowboy:


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g_BAQoVLtI
     
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    Purdy rifle, congrats!
     
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    I have an odd relationship with 45-70.


    Have owned several, used them, and they kill fine. But I always seem to gravitate away from them for more useful calibers.
     
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    I need a non-safe queen lever gun.

    Nice rifle :)
     
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