March 8th, 2017, 09:38 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Originally Posted by M1AJAS
Mine is in 45-70 and I have not shot it yet but am looking forward to it.
This rifle is not mine but it looks just like it. Pics to follow.
I have quite a few of these rifles because I really like them. I have one in .45-70 that I use for hunting and general plinking. It's a #1-S so is relatively light compared to the #1-B.
I have some pretty stout loads that I use for hunting that do kick some, but not any more than a .300 WM. These use a 300 gr JSP, either the Barnes, or what remains of my old Nosler Partitions, and are traveling at 2080 f/s through my chronograph. They are absolutely devastating on hogs and whitetails, and the only time that I notice the recoil is when shooting from the bench.
If you want a load that is effective but doesn't kick very much, use a 350-400 gr JSP with a velocity of 1300 f/s. This will essentially duplicate the old carbine load with a 405 gr lead bullet backed with 55 gr black powder. IMR 3031 is a good powder with which to start.
Good luck, and congrats on a great rifle purchase.