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Hornady FTX loads

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by mjbskwim, May 12, 2012.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I had a 45-70 and I bought some FTX bullets for it.They are .452 diameter .Aparently 45-70 uses .454 (yes? no? for others)

    Anyway,I traded that for a nice Bear bow and then bought a 45LC lever gun.
    I just looked up the loads for these bullets and they were designed for the 450 Bushmaster.But they are the correct diameter for my 45lc
    Only data for the FTX in LC is for the 225 gr bullets.8-9gr +-

    What would you start out with with these 250gr pills?
    I was thinking of starting at 8 and working up at.5gr each increase

    And am I missing anything?

  2. TKevlar

    TKevlar Eugene, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Depending on bore size, .45-70 usually takes anywhere from a .458 - .460 and whether you shoot lead or plated. I don't have any load data/info for you on your bullet but you do have to trim cases a little shorter for the FTX bullets. I know the Hornady .45-70 cases I reload with the 325 gr FTX's are about .060" shorter than normal. I would think you'd be fine starting with that data. Just watch for the usual signs.