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Thread: Good bullet weights for 45-70?

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    Boolit Master waco's Avatar
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    This is my go to 45-70 bullet. Feeds like butter in my Marlin 1895.
    https://accuratemolds.com/bullet_det...bullet=46-405V
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gibson View Post
    I suggest two RCBS moulds for 100-200 yard plinking and target shooting in a 45-70 lever rifle. The 45-325-FN is a plain based bullet that will do very nicely for loads in the 900 - 1400 fps range. Particularly when loaded over Unique for right about 1100 fps. For practical longer range, higher velocity loads or the best accuracy for target shooing the GC'd 45-300-FN is an excellent bullet. I have used this bullet upwards of 2000+ fps and it is an excellent performer.

    If you can find either of those moulds then NOE, Accurate or MP probably have similar versions.
    Yup what Larry says exactly how I load my 45/70 is over Unique or Universal 1100 FPS my boolit is around 440 and another like the RCBS is 325 grain WFN

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    My Henry loves the Lyman 292 as cast and dipped in LLA!
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30 WCF, .308 WCF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramjet-SS View Post
    Yup what Larry says exactly how I load my 45/70 is over Unique or Universal 1100 FPS my boolit is around 440 and another like the RCBS is 325 grain WFN
    What charges of Unique do you use?
    Currently casting and loading: .32 Auto, .380 Auto, .38 Special, 9X19, .357 Magnum, .257 Roberts, 6.5 Creedmoor, .30 WCF, .308 WCF.

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    Unless you are hunting the great bears, or cape buffalo, or target shooting past 300 yards,there is little need for bullets heavier than the 290-325 grainers. Recoil is significant in the lightweight lever guns when bullet weight climbs. I like the the RCBS 45-300 Flat nose Gas Check for most shooting. A plain base 300 grain works well for under 1300-1400 fps. In a Marlin you might want to size to .460-.461 for less leading, better accuracy. I have shot at least a dozen elk and a moose with the 300 grain bullets and have no reason to go heavier unless for bison.

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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