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    Today, 12:01 PM
    All bullets are great killers in the 45-70. I've never heard of one that wasn't. It starts out big and goes from there. I have yet to recover even one bullet from any deer I shot with that cartridge regardless of range or angle. Probably will...
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    Today, 11:33 AM
    If you're a reasonably competent home gunsmith you probably could do it. You'd have to rent a reamer but there are places around on the web that rent them. If you're not absolutely sure it's something you can do, and you don't want to go through the...
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    Today, 08:49 AM
    I've owned or own at least seven different 45-70 rifles in Sharps, High Walls (my current favorite), 1886, and an Encore. ANY bullet out of a 45-70 is devastating on a deer. I have yet to recover a bullet from any deer shot within a hundred yards...
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    Yesterday, 01:06 PM
    Good comment on the short throat. These guns are built to true SAAMI specs and the throat is basically non-existant. I took all three of mine and had the throat lengthened. When I first tried to use the 405g Rem JSP, I couldn't fit them in the...
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    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    Hodgdon has a free reloading website and shows both powders (they own them both) for all bullets and loads. Here's the link. Go there and find the info you need
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    Yesterday, 08:55 AM
    NSB replied to a thread one year later in Our Town
    Congratulations my friend. That's a really wonderful comeback story. I wish you continued success and may your recovery be complete and stay that way. Best regards.
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    Yesterday, 08:51 AM
    I too have one of these fine firearms, and it's been a real pleasure to shoot. I don't load anything with stout recoil, although even the mild loads can get your attention after a while. I've kept records on all loads I've tried in the gun since the...
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    02-13-2019, 11:38 PM
    A truly bad trigger will definitely prevent you from shooting your best, but there really isn't much gain between a "decent" trigger and a really good trigger. I've been shooting competition for forty years (and doing very well at it), and I've...
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    02-13-2019, 10:27 AM
    I mis-spoke. Yes, the faster twist is for heavier bullets. I was having a "duh" moment. I just went through this myself with a .357max and a 1:20 twist.....won't shoot heavy bullets as well as the lighter ones.
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    02-12-2019, 01:34 PM
    NSB replied to a thread 9mm plunk test in Cast Boolits
    If they don't fit the "plunk" test/gage, you're probably going to have feeding or ignition problems. OAL isn't all that important if the loaded round does fit the plunk test/gage. The bullets nose/ogive determines length more so than what the book...
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    02-11-2019, 12:25 PM
    Yes, this Aguila is std. vel and very accurate....and reasonably priced. GECO Rifle std vel is also pretty good and very reasonably priced (about two hundred bucks delivered per case of 5,000). My favorite std vel is NormaTac when you can get it on...
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    02-11-2019, 09:37 AM
    Browning doesn't make any ammo. It's Winchester rimfire ammo labeled as Browning. The Aguila SE is probably one of the best ammo for accuracy if you're looking for ammo that's not std velocity. Of the two brands you mentioned, Aguaila is by far the...
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    02-10-2019, 10:25 AM
    Unless you're going to be shooting very long range (as in competition, like silhouette), you're probably better off with the faster twist....for two reasons. The faster twist does allow lighter bullets to stabilize better (if you call a 300 or 350g...
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    02-09-2019, 06:05 PM
    I have, and have had, several different rifles in 45-70. Weight is an issue as far as carrying the rifle around, but it's an asset when shooting it. I've had three Sharps rifles, two High Walls, an 1886, and one TC Encore. I'd strongly advise you to...
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    02-06-2019, 12:50 PM
    I'd trust Hodgdon on this one. They said they're the same, so I'm going with them.
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    02-05-2019, 12:24 PM
    I had a Dillon Square Deal .357mag back around that time and mine was carbide. It's been gone a while but I remember I loaded a lot of .357mag rounds on it and I've never lubed any .357mag cases on any press.
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    02-03-2019, 02:59 PM
    NSB replied to a thread .54 caliber inlines? in Muzzleloading.
    I've shot quite a few deer with both 50 and 45 cal side locks. Some with flint in the 50cal as well as cap lock. I always found them adequate for deer even out to a hundred yards. What the inlines brought to the party was the ability to shoot more...
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    02-03-2019, 10:14 AM
    NSB replied to a thread .54 caliber inlines? in Muzzleloading.
    If you're going "non-traditional", the idea of a 54cal inline simply doesn't offer any advantage over the 50cal. Being that it's non-traditional, using 50 cal sabots and jacketed or Barnes type bullets offers much flatter trajectory, increased...
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    02-02-2019, 09:58 PM
    A call to Hodgdon and I was told that they are the same and interchangeable. That was about six months ago and I needed to know since I have two pounds of each on hand and I load a lot for the 45-70. Trying some of each, I see no difference in...
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    02-01-2019, 06:51 PM
    I've tried it in the 357mag and 357max. It works a lot better in the Max. In fact, it's one of my most accurate loads. It shoots well in the .357mag, but it doesn't deliver the velocity to make a mag a mag. It's usable, just not one of the best...
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    01-30-2019, 11:24 PM
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    01-30-2019, 12:51 PM
    Again, look through another scope and see if you're having the problem. Second, have someone else look through your scope. If as you say your right eye is blurry, you need an eye exam. Don't do anything until you see if it's you or the scope....
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    01-30-2019, 10:55 AM
    Having owned a good number of 44mags over the last forty years, and shooting them a lot, I think you're wasting your time going in this direction. If you've got a decent chamber, leade, and throat none of this will help improve accuracy. Also, when...
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    01-28-2019, 02:31 PM
    Some people love it. I've got some here on the bench and I've tried it a number of times over the years. To date it's never given me the best accuracy in anything I tried it in. I'd use it if that's all there was, but I've always found something...
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    01-28-2019, 10:49 AM
    So you're saying that no one you know has one or there aren't any gun stores where you can go and look at one? I really don't care what you do, I was offering a suggestion to your OP. Sounds like your mind was made up before you asked.
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    01-28-2019, 10:19 AM
    NSB replied to a thread Dillon 550 ?? in Reloading Equipment
    Why aren't you asking Dillon? They have people there who can answer any question you might have and will provide parts (free of charge) as needed. They answer the phone and are very, very helpful. That would be the first place I'd go to for help.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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