04-14-2005, 05:53 AM
I am a lurker here, and in fact you guys for the most part helped me get started in cast on the older board. For two seasons now, I have used my 45-70 with a 405gr. Mountain Molds boolet. I send it down the tube about 1980fps and have used it with good success on quite a few deer, 7 bison, and one elk. I also like shooting my 30-30's and 356 and have a newer 375. For those that have used an abundance of calibers, will I be taking a big step down in effect? The 356 load I have simply screams. It does, however, not have a big metplat like my other Mountain Molds boolet. I am a bit apprehensive moving on down. The 375 seems to have a big throat, and some will use a .245 metplat on it. It would seem I could almost bump that up a bit with a custom job from MM. Finally, I do have the RCBS 180 and Lyman 311041. I usually shoot these about 1900fps. Would these be enough for a chest shot Kansas size deer? Some are up over 200# fairly easily! The 45-70 has made it all look so easy. My past apprehension to moving to cast was for nothing (for the 45-70). With a well placed chest shot, what is your experience?