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Old August 16th, 2016, 05:48 AM   #16
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Wish I could see the pic's...

Interestingly enough, I too just bought a new .45-70. It is a Henry Steel, but the only thing that is going to go down it's bore is lead. Hard cast 405's driven to good velocity have a reputation for killing most anything they hit. Buffalo Bore offers a 430gr lead flat nose at 1925fps. I am definitely going to have to hand load to afford to shoot mine.

Congratulations on your new thunder boomer. .45-70's are just plain fun to shoot.

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Old August 16th, 2016, 05:55 AM   #17
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Beautiful. I have an 1894 in 45 Colt. I haven't tried hot loads in it, but I read Buffalo Bore 45 LC hot loads can exceed 44 mag in ft/lbs. I can't imagine what a 45-70 would be like.

You should check out Skinner sights... Far better than stock.

http://www.skinnersights.com/index.html
Actually, recoil with factory standard loads is about the same as a .30-30.
That changes a bit when you go to hot 500gr loads.

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Old August 16th, 2016, 09:30 PM   #18
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I have found it to kick significantly more than a .30-30, but maybe that's just me. It's a sweet rifle. My friend has one, he is in charge of perforating heavy cover.
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I decided to put more rounds down range using the Hornady LeveRevolution 325gr FTX ammo. Still kicks like a mule and doesn't get any easier with the number of rounds I put through it. I ordered the HSM 45-70 in 405gr since I have seen others state it's a tad better on recoil. Later this week I will find out when that ammo arrives. I suspect it's not going to get any better in reality and just should resign myself to not worry about it and enjoy it anyway. There probably isn't a way to soften the recoil much more, other than getting a padded shooting jacket, which I may do later.

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Old August 17th, 2016, 04:29 AM   #20
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I LOVE the Marlins!!! I have a few 45-70's!!

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Old August 17th, 2016, 04:42 PM   #21
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Thanks SFC Higgins. Never saw one at Walmart's around here, There's one of their "supercenters" about a mile down the road from us, but the Dopes got their lic. or permit jerked back about 14 yrs. ago. The current Mgr. told me the atf showed up and went after not only this specific S/C, but the guy carrying the rifle and paperwork wmart screwed up. He was clean. They still sell ammo though, but only air rifles. He also told me they could now get permitted again, but reg. office apparently is uninterested even though they'd pick up with more business than ever around us.

Up in Denton there's another. They might have one there and can order them too if they have it catalogued which they probably do. Nice leather too.

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Old August 17th, 2016, 06:04 PM   #22
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The 45/70 Marlin can really do a job. Here is my first target after sighting in at 100 yards. Load was a 300gr flat nose cast lead bullet. 12 rounds off hand held a pretty good group. My Marlin is from the first year of production in 1972. It is still one of my favorite rifles even after owing it for 44 years. I constantly hear people say you can't shoot lead bullets out of these and get any kind of accuracy. My philosophy about the 45/70 is that if you want a half inch group then you should only fire 1 round. Jacketed Sierra 300 grain bullets over a stout load of 3031 fired off the bench will usually hold about a 3 inch group for me.
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I'm looking forward to taking my 1895 out for the first time this weekend. I had planned to take it out last Weekend but couldn't find any ammunition on the shelf of my LGS, so I has to order online. The box arrived today, so I'm all set. My XS peep sight showed up as well so I'm going to install that tomorrow after work


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Awesome rifles! I have a stainless guide 1895 and I love it.

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I decided to put more rounds down range using the Hornady LeveRevolution 325gr FTX ammo. Still kicks like a mule and doesn't get any easier with the number of rounds I put through it. I ordered the HSM 45-70 in 405gr since I have seen others state it's a tad better on recoil. Later this week I will find out when that ammo arrives. I suspect it's not going to get any better in reality and just should resign myself to not worry about it and enjoy it anyway. There probably isn't a way to soften the recoil much more, other than getting a padded shooting jacket, which I may do later.
The factory FTX bullets kick pretty hard. The regular 300gr factory bullets are a little easier. Reloading is really the way to go with that round because is offers a wide range. From mild plinking loads to full pressure and those can become uncomfortable to shoot real fast.

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