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    12-06-2017, 05:14 PM
    The .442" bullets might be a little undersized with the 0.002" paper that Buffalo Arms sells. If you shoot them with a lube cookie then they will still work quite well. Just be sure to seat them so that only about 0.1" of the bullet is in the...
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    12-06-2017, 11:06 AM
    Do what these guys say regarding paper. I generally only use two papers, Seth Cole 55W, or Esleeck 9lb ( from Buffalo Arms ). You will likely need a 0.445" or 0.446" bullet with the Seth Cole, or a 0.443" to 0.444" bullet with the Esleeck paper. ...
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    11-25-2017, 04:12 PM
    Wow, I'm surprised. The Rem 405gr bullets worked in my Winchesters and a no-throat Ruger #1 I used to have. I ended up throating the Ruger and it actually shot better. I gave the gunsmith a bunch of dummy round with different bullets, up to the...
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    11-25-2017, 11:02 AM
    I expected the price difference to be higher for the Deluxe Case Hardened one, but I paid only $200 (Canadian) extra to get it. That's a pretty decent deal to get the octagonal barrel, pistol grip and checkering I think. I'm in Canada and it's a...
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    11-24-2017, 11:41 PM
    I've had that happen twice with H-4198 in the .45-70 in cold weather. Switching to magnum primers fixed it. Chris.
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    11-24-2017, 11:40 PM
    I used to own an 1886 Short Rifle and traded it in on a "Deluxe Case Hardened" one. Both are rebounding hammer rifles and neither has shown even a hint of a problem. I'd rather that they just had a standard half cock though. They are well built...
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    11-22-2017, 11:35 AM
    Getting into casting is very good advice. The key to accuracy in these rifles in my opinion is to start with a bullet that is known to work well with that particular rifles chamber. I don't shoot Pedersoli rifles so can't comment, other than I'be...
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    11-12-2017, 11:17 AM
    A .45-70 would fit the bill perfectly for midrange. I have a lot of these rifles and if I were to choose only one it would be a Shiloh #1 or Long Range Express with heavy barrel and a 23" MVA scope, likely with DZ Arms mounts. Not a cheap setup,...
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    11-12-2017, 11:11 AM
    I prefer an aperture but size them just a little tighter than Bruce does. I use a 0.100" aperture for a 6 minute of angle target giving me about 2 minutes of angle of white around the bull. I would not go smaller than that though as too small...
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    11-11-2017, 07:13 PM
    Reloading the .45-70 is about as straight forward as reloading can get. There is a ton of data for light to heavy loads using cast or jacketed bullets, plus a huge variety of molds. Chris.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check