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Thread: Is your Ruger #3 a "knuckle scraper"?

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    Boolit Master Good Cheer's Avatar
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    Ever use multi-ball loads in the 45-70?
    I never did while I had one and wish'd I'd a given it a try.

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    By the way, still have the 458-270 WFN from LBT so I really need to have another 45-70!

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    Yes, have tried up to 3 round balls @900 fps. 3 will land in 2-3" @ 25 yds.

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    I put #1 stock and forearm on mine and love it , its a 223 tho and dont kick all that much .
    Picked the Stock and Forearm up for 50 from a friend
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    two ball loads at 50 yards w/iron sights #3 Ruger 45-70.

    one strayed from lower to upper target, otherwise would be good crowd control.


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    My 30-40 krag no 3 ruger is not a bad problem at the shoulder, not like a 45-70 would be.

    But for the lever and fingers, I have to really concentrate on a firm and well positioned grip - not perfect then, but better.


    I like the number 3 as a rifle. My 22 Hornet is great.

    I would like a 45-70 in no 3, but wonder if I could handle it at lever and finger junction.
    With shoulder pad enough I could probably make the shoulder recoil work for a few rounds.

    Perhaps a supple non bulky leather glove could help.
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    Anyone happen to know the rate of twist for the # 3's in .223 ?
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    I'm thinking it's 1:12 as it came out before any of the heavy long bullets so 55 grain was standard weight.
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    Yes the twist in my #3 is 1-12 , I have shot 53 g Serria HPBT in it since 1977 and it will shoot a one hole group. I load it with 23.5 g of H335 , I have never had to rezero it since I put the scope on it in 78 or 79 when I bent the scope that was on it , Sent it back to Weaver and they replaced it with a new one and its been on there ever since , its my go to Varmint gun, and the only gun I will not part with.
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    Thanks Artful and kmrra - I would have bet 1 x 12. Have had a chance at a couple of # 3's in 223 over the years - and never bit the hook. I am eyeing one at the moment but it's pricey.
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