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Thread: Contender handgun in 45-70

  1. #1
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Reno NV

    Contender handgun in 45-70

    I traded into a Virgin Valley 45-70 barrel from a buddy of mine. He just never shot it. I am seriously thinking about taking it on my upcoming cow elk hunt.
    I decided to have a little quick fun this afternoon and try something. I loaded three rounds with 70 grains of FF Pyrodex (I know, itís all I have) a felt war and my as cast Lee 405 gr boolits. I had to turn the scope in the mounts because it was crooked. I shot three quick shots. Even though we are in the country it is a congested area. For three fast shots at 25 yards itís not bad.
    The flyer was my fault. I shot too quick. I need to make some real BP lube and try this at 100 yards.
    I really wish I could get real black here in Reno without ordering it. May try 777.
    I may like this BP cartridge stuff! Name:  BCCCE2E4-FF85-4E21-B3EE-279B4B438BAB.jpeg
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  2. #2
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Quilcene, Washington
    That load will certainly do the job. Sounds like you will have fun with it.

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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