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Thread: 45-70 "medium" loads / casting questions

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    45-70 "medium" loads / casting questions

    I kind of figure shooting a 400+ gr cast bullet, the on target performance difference between a hot load running 1800-2000 fps and a "medium" load running around 1500 fps probably isn't much, excepting use against very thick skinned, dangerous game.

    In the interests of saving my shoulder and wallet, I'm looking for loads in this range that use low bulk powders, just as a way to load something less expensive so I can get in more trigger time. Most load data I see is either heavy loads using slower rifle powders, or a few subsonic loads using low charges of pistol powders. Looking for something between.

    These loads probably won't be used for hunting. Essentially I'll be blasting empty milk jugs with them for entertainment

    In terms of casting, I'm planning on powder coating. Do you guys typically find that you need a gas check at these velocities?

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    I use 13.5 gr. Unique under a powder-coated 405 gr RN (Lyman 457124) to duplicate the old .45-55-405 Gov't load for the Trapdoor carbine in my H&R reproduction. Comfortable to shoot and quite accurate out to 200 yds or so.

    Have never found a need for a gas check on any .45-70 load but I keep mine down to BPCR pressure levels, too.

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    I use 15 grs of unique under the lee 420 gr. bullet in a Ruger no 3 45/70. keeps
    them in a one inch group. No need to powder coat, just shoot as cast with a good
    lube. This load has killed 15 deer in the last 10 yrs. So it is not a squib load.

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    I've been playing with a couple of Marlin 45-70's lately. I've used a handfull of powders but I think my standard for plinking, and maybe even hunting load will be a charge of Unique in the 10 to 14 grain or so range. I really can't see the need for more velocity than this will offer for hunting Tennessee Whitetail deer.
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    Wondering if anyone has tried something other than Unique? It meters like crap and I don't have much onhand

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesp81 View Post
    Wondering if anyone has tried something other than Unique? It meters like crap and I don't have much onhand
    12 grains of 231 will do the same thing, but exercise due caution to avoid double charges!

    While an accidental double-charge of this load will ring the chamber of an original 1884 Trapdoor, and turn a shootable antique into a wall hanger, it does not "blow up" the gun. Don't ask me how I know....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraschenbirn View Post
    I use 13.5 gr. Unique under a powder-coated 405 gr RN (Lyman 457124) to duplicate the old .45-55-405 Gov't load for the Trapdoor carbine in my H&R reproduction. Comfortable to shoot and quite accurate out to 200 yds or so.

    Have never found a need for a gas check on any .45-70 load but I keep mine down to BPCR pressure levels, too.

    Bill
    Yep, I am using about 14.6 unique and a 350 grain bullet in my repro H&R officers model for about 1300 FPS. I hit a 24” square plate at 200 yards about 8/10 times. I have a slip on leather recoil pad made for shotguns to make this enjoyable for as many rounds I want to shoot.

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    My favorite .45-70 load is a 300gr cast bullet of my design in front of 12gr of Red Dot. Easy on the shoulder and more than enough for the local whitetails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smkummer View Post
    Yep, I am using about 14.6 unique and a 350 grain bullet in my repro H&R officers model for about 1300 FPS. I hit a 24” square plate at 200 yards about 8/10 times. I have a slip on leather recoil pad made for shotguns to make this enjoyable for as many rounds I want to shoot.
    I'd like to hit around 1500 fps if possible. I like to have a little padding to avoid supersonic to subsonic transition out to 100 yards.

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    If you want a fun comfortable plinking round change your boolit. That's essentially why the Collar Button boolit was designed, indoor (then) winter practice and plinking.
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    I added a Rapine 458201 to the kit , I think it was for original Colts , it casts .459-255 in my alloy . Otherwise I shoot the 458193 mostly .

    There is a ton of Trapdoor level data out there for about 25 different powders . I use Unique because it is , and I have volumes of it available . Lyman #43 gives 10-16gr under the 458193 @405 . At 5-700 loads per lb I don't why it's not more loved ......

    I have no metering issues with it through the Uniflow . I have a centered hole baffle and charge the measure chamber on the lift up and drop on the way down works fine with 4350 and 4831 that way too . It keeps me within 10 kernels anyway .

    Smokeless Trapdoor level loads are more than enough for anything inside 200 yd . My Strelok calculator shows a 2000 fps 250 to be ahead of a 1400 fps 405 all the way to 150 yd , it's the same results with the 250 vs 500/535 at 1100 fps there is some difference in hold over but I'm zeroed at 150 and it's really as easy as hold brisket at 100 and spine at 200 for center of the engine room .
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    I'll just throw my load for a 405 gr. WFN-PB cast bullet out of my Guide Gun. I get 1-3/4" groups at 100 yards using 42 grains of IMR 4064 and an average velocity of 1388 fps. That's all my 74 year old shoulder can take.

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    Pick the load you want to use ... http://reloadammo.com/4570load.htm
    Lowest load .... IMR 4198 21.5 gr. 733 (MAX is 28.5 @ 1,195 fps)
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    A favorite ~ 30 gr. 4198 w/ Dacron under 400 gr. cast.

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    For the loads you are looking for , I would look to either Trailboss or 5744 (shootersworld Buffalo rifle about thr same). Both work well for me in moderate loads.

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    400gr at 1,200fps will drop any animal in North America... and then some.
    Also recommend Accurate 5744 to go with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mehavey View Post
    400gr at 1,200fps will drop any animal in North America... and then some.
    Also recommend Accurate 5744 to go with it.
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    Impressive mehavey.
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    I've been happy with the 405 using minimum-ish loads of 4198 or 3031 from the Lyman Cast book,
    at old trapdoor Springfield speeds with them in my Marlin.

    On the other hand:
    Cleaning afterwards is a bit of a hassle, but either 65, or the full house 70 grains of FF Holy Black with a 405 is a hoot.
    The burn rate on it is so slow compared to smokeless, the recoil seems more like a firm push instead of a 'kick'.

    As far as accuracy, and speed; when the govt. was evaluating it, they found that if you do your part with a trapdoor-
    it'll take a man off a horse at 1,000 yards.
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    I like my 350gr boolit with about 55 grain of 335. Sends that sucker about 2000 fps and my MOA diff between 100 and 1000 yards is right around 50. There is recoil, but it is accurate.
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ID:	271780 If you have any on hand, here is a list of loads using 2400 powder that a member here sent to me. As far as whether or not to use a GC, my Marlin and my son's Ruger #1 both shoot the GC'd boolit more accurately than a plain base boolit but there is no leading at all with either design. I solved the dilemma of needing one or the other by having Tom at Accurate Molds make a 4 cavity with 2 of each. They are 461405D and 460405A designs, 2 of each and I powder coat but they didn't lead with normal lubing. Just remember that fit is paramount.
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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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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check