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The 45-70 gov.

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by mjbskwim, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    I just went nuts at the gun show and bought thee purdiest Browning 1885 you could want to behold.
    26in barrel.
    So y'all have some recipes for this style gun?
    Target or hunting is fine.
    So what's your favorites?

    Thanks
    Mike
     
  2. TKevlar

    TKevlar Eugene, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    My favorite cartridge. Have you slugged your bore? I have two Marlin 1895's and use a variety of bullets from Hornady to Laser Cast. Powders are Trail Boss, 5744, Unique, H4895, and H3031. All depends on the combo and your gun.

    Here's some good info. Reloading the .45/70 Page
     
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  3. filsonhand

    filsonhand In the Silicon Forest Smooth as a Rhino 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have been using imr 4198 with 300,350 grain hornady also 405 cast shoots good out of my marlin 1895.i am working on loads with reloader 7.
     
  4. k7grc

    k7grc Banks, Or Active Member

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    70 grains FFG, 535 Postell.
     
  5. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Hornady 8th ed has a very good 45-70 section.

    Does your Browning have a top tang or not? B78 or the 1885 imitation (not a reproduction since everything but the general shape is different)

    The are supposed to be very strong able to accept loads designed for the Ruger #1.
     
  6. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    RE-7 was my powder of choice.
     
  7. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I use Trailboss and 5744 for my reduced, cast bullet loads, and IMR4198 or RL7 for 325gr, Hornady FTX and other jacketed bullet loads. You can also try Hodgdon/Hornady LeveRevolution powder if you can find some. I like 405gr and Trailboss for my subsonics. :)

    Around 28-30gr of AA5744 produced accurate, low SD loads, under a 405gr LFN on my Guide Gun. And won't bruise your shoulder while developing the load.

    http://www.northwestfirearms.com/rifle-shotgun-discussion/116713-45-70-lever-action.html#post786571
     
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  8. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the info. I'll try as many as I can. Found out my friend scored about 100 brass and bullets
    I guess I'll need to go to Moscow for about a week this year to stretch out a couple rifles I have now
    Another friend asked me if I would be hunting elk with it over by Forks
    Hahaha,no. This will be a dry country gun for sure.
    I guess I should put up pictures.
     
  9. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    This thread is in fact worthless with out pictures..
    :)

    Sweet. I have always wanted a 45-70. Just havent done it yet. Watched a 1000yrd shoot once all done with sharps trapdoor and 45-70! Great holly lob a lead batman!!
     
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  10. mjbskwim

    mjbskwim Salmon,Idaho Well-Known Member

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    8 posts beside mine before the picture comment? lol
    I'll try for the AM
     
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  11. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 Coast Range Well-Known Member

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    [FONT=&quot] My load for a Marlin 1895G

    JKT/350 Gr, IMR3031/53.8 Gr 2.540 MOL, 1,800 FPS 2,518 FT/LB energy

    shoulder-spanker [/FONT]
     
  12. nrc

    nrc Oregon Member

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    50 grains IMR 3031 w/ 350 grain Hornady (Round nose or Flat nose).

    You can go up a little from there, but 50 was a sweet spot for me.
     
  13. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    My favorite load was a bunch of RL7 under the 400gr Speer. 2050fps out of the 24" barrel of the B78 and still could have gone hotter. I thought that was about enough.:thumbup:
     
  14. aflineman

    aflineman Both South of Eugene and East of Portland. Active Member

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    cookie THE SOCIALIST STATE OF KALI - FORNIA Well-Known Member

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    The 45/70 is a wonderful cartridge.
     
  16. stavros4570

    stavros4570 eugene,or. Member

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    100 brass will last you a lifetime. You really can't wear it out. 405gr laser with 12.8 trailboss goes about 1100fps out of my 32in. bbl. Very accurate!
     
  17. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the madness.

    Here's a load book in one sentence: With jacketed bullets you can cram all the IMR3031 you can fit under any jacketed bullet of any weight and go to town with your strong-actioned '85.

    (The buttplate will correspondingly go to town on your shoulder.) DO NOT use this one-sentence loadbook for ANY other action, other than a Ruger #1, or a Siamese Mauser.

    5744 powder is good for smokeless duplication of blackpowder velocities.

    For a good "Buffalo Rifle Load", in all authenticity, a Lyman 457125 cast bullet (about 525grains, depending on alloy) over a waxboard wad and 60 grains of Swiss FFg blackpowder, drop tubed into the case and ignited by a Federal 215 Magnum Primer will allow you to win friends and influence people.
     
  18. Robear

    Robear Oregon New Member

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    If you use black powder get this book: SPG Lubricants BP Cartridge Reloading Primer by Mike Venturino & Steve Garbe.
     
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  19. OFADAN

    OFADAN Brownsville, OR Well-Known Member

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    Mike this is a one year old thread revived. Did you every work up a load for your 1886? Are you shooting it? You were excited a year ago - still have that excitement? These rifles are awesome! Inquiring minds gotta know!
     
  20. Liberty97045

    Liberty97045 Oregon City Well-Known Member

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    I use the lighter bullets to get the speed up. 300gr Remington Jacketed hollow point with 60.5 grains of H4895 yields 2000 fps out of my baby.

    Note this is one of the early SS versions with factory barrel porting. Wild West Guns big loop and trigger fix.

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