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  • Sgt H's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    Just purchased an 1885 Winchester sporter in 45-70 to use primarily for hunting. I enjoy hunting with my 1886 Browning and my Sharps but they are a bit cumbersome in the deer stand and have tang/globe sights. Due to aging eyes, iron sights cost me...
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    11-25-2022, 10:13 AM
    JBM ballistics website has a trajectory calculator. Need to know the BC, velocity and a few other items. It will allow range increments down to one yard.
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    11-23-2022, 11:00 AM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Noe strikes again in Hunting with CB's
    Congratulations! IMO the real test of a hunter and his skills is how close he can get, not from how far he can make a shot. I think you passed.
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    11-23-2022, 10:52 AM
    FWIW I ran the recoil calculation for your 425/1700 load. I figure your Marlin weighs about 7 pounds - recoil about 40 ft/lbs or the same as a 375 H&H magnum in a 9.5 pound rifle. OUCH!
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    11-23-2022, 10:38 AM
    My long range load for my Sharps is 27gr AA5744 under a 525gr boolit. I runs 1275fps from my Sharps, about equal to a 45-90 with black powder. Round is too long for a lever as my COL is 2.95". You could seat deeper to get it to work through a Marlin...
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    11-22-2022, 05:38 PM
    Paul, I had the same issue with 4198 back when I thought I needed to drive bullets as hard as the gun would take. I found 4198 did not burn well until I got near the upper levels of the lever gun loads, about 1700 fps with 400 grain and 2000 fps...
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    11-20-2022, 06:17 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread 45-70 suggestions in Leverguns
    That 350 gr. Lyman was the 457192 and was discontinued back in the 1970's. It is pretty much a 457122 without the HP. I have had pretty good luck with the 457191 over 12 gr. of Unique, about 1150 fps. Recoil is next to nothing as is muzzle blast.
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    11-20-2022, 05:59 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread How would I fix this? in Leverguns
    Don't worry about it or send the cap off to EA Brown Co. and have a French Grey finish applied. That would give it a custom look. I would not let that stop me from buying an 1886 Browning. They were made in limited numbers, I think 7000 each for the...
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    11-17-2022, 10:17 AM
    Between deer seasons I acquired a new to me 1886 Browning high grade rifle that had not been blooded. I have been using the rifle to shoot cowboy long range gong matches. This season the Browning has been going with me to the deer stand. Yesterday...
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    11-17-2022, 09:42 AM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Reloading 45-70 in Reloading Equipment
    Mint, the .459" is not too tight. The resistance is very slight, when cycled through the magazine it is not enough to notice. I only noticed it loading singe rounds at the range. There is no leading and have had no issues firing those rounds. If you...
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    11-16-2022, 12:17 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Reloading 45-70 in Reloading Equipment
    Mint, Bird is on target with boolit diameter. The Miroku made 1886's tend to have tight chambers and barrels. Both of my 1886 Brownings slugged at .457". The chamber on the 1886 rifle is tight enough that a round loaded with a .459" boolit will not...
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    11-15-2022, 06:03 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Reloading 45-70 in Reloading Equipment
    I have been reloading 45-70 for over 40 years and it is an easy round to load for. A wide variety of powders and bullets are usable. The 45-70 is actually not a "straight wall" but tapers from the base to the case mouth, thus no carbide dies. If...
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    11-15-2022, 04:12 PM
    Thought I would share the story of my first deer, a long time ago, 1967. I had been hunting small game with dad since I was six and he had taken me along on some deer hunts since then teaching me to be quiet, still and when necessary to move to do...
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    11-11-2022, 02:27 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread 45-70 suggestions in Leverguns
    Unique has been around for over 100 years. It's burn rate makes it ideal for mid range handgun rounds in wide variety of calibers. I reckon there is not a standard handgun caliber that you can not load very useful ammo for with Unique. It also works...
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    11-11-2022, 01:41 PM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Fellow Veterans in Our Town
    Thanks to all the vets and their families. I grew up in a military family, my father was career US Army. He was drafted for WW2 and went ashore on Omaha beach on D day. Dad also served in Korea and Vietnam. During his later years I came to realize...
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    11-11-2022, 09:49 AM
    I will second the Lyman/Gould 457122 HP as likely the best hunting boolit for the 45-70 if the quarry is deer. My most used load is 30 grains of AA5744 with this boolit, however 24-26 grains of 2400 works well also. No need to push them fast. With...
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    11-11-2022, 09:29 AM
    Sgt H replied to a thread Ruger 77 44 mag in Factory Rifles
    I also have one of the stainless/synthetic Ruger 77/44's. Light and handy, makes a good woods walking, pig and foul weather deer rifle. That said mine gave me fits trying to get it to group acceptably. The stock is pretty flimsy, there is no recoil...
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    11-10-2022, 10:46 PM
    Can't speak specifically on 38/44 loads but 357 will pick up 200-500 fps in a carbine over a revolver. Full power loads with slower powders like 2400, H110 gain more than lighter or mid-range loads with faster powders.
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    11-10-2022, 10:21 PM
    Thanks for the link. Looks like the Ballard is similar to the RCBS. Ballard meplat is smaller and has wider grease grooves.
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    11-05-2022, 11:25 AM
    Ruger American rimfire is another good option. It has the advantage IMO of using 10/22 mags, one of the best magazine systems for 22 available. Ruger has stainless/synthetic models available. Another plus is they are flush fit, less to hang up...
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    11-05-2022, 10:34 AM
    Sgt H replied to a thread crossno liner in Single Shot Guns
    Ouch!, $169.00 for a brick of primers. I scored a brick of LP ($90) yesterday along with 2 pounds of HP38 to load 45ACP. Looks like components are starting to come back but it is real spotty. With the Crossno looks like I will have an excuse to make...
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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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