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Old 05-21-2020, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just wondering who and why someone shoots a 45-70. Do you actively shoot it? Is there certain game you've used it for?

I did get one for my Birthday about 20 odd years ago and I do shoot it once in awhile, mostly at rabbits or targets. This year I may actually use it for what it's designed for.

Just curious about brands, lever, single shot, ammo, loads, etc.

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Old 05-21-2020, 12:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No I don't have one, but I want one in Ruger #1, "red pad". I do think the guide guns are pretty cool... I just don't have a use for one atm. It would be a hard choice though between 45-70 for nostalgia vs 444 in a guide gun.

I know one particular taxidermist here who shot his last moose with an original 1883 45-70. That's his story to tell... if he is inclined.

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I have used a 45-70 and 45-90 to shoot both elk and deer. I used vintage rifles, mostly lever guns, for many years and have used many older cartridges to harvest game. They usually fell dead when shot. The 45-70 is an excellent cartridge, short to medium range(out 200 yrds) but has the potential for long range as it was one of the popular "Creedmore rounds"(1000 Yds) when in the proper rifle.
Tell me what rifle you have and I could maybe advise you a little on ammo, etc.
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I have used a 45-70 and 45-90 to shoot both elk and deer. I used vintage rifles, mostly lever guns, for many years and have used many older cartridges to harvest game. They usually fell dead when shot. The 45-70 is an excellent cartridge, short to medium range(out 200 yrds) but has the potential for long range as it was one of the popular "Creedmore rounds"(1000 Yds) when in the proper rifle.
Tell me what rifle you have and I could maybe advise you a little on ammo, etc.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I picked up a Marlin 1895 a few years ago when we used to be able to sell guns on ksl. It was practically brand new and I got it for a song. I have taken a couple of cow elk and a buck with it. It is fun to shoot, but as I get older, I find myself not enjoying the recoil of 405 gr loads. Those are some real knuckle crunchers. Light loads are a hoot to shoot. I love leverguns. I have been eyeballing something in a 357. Can't quite make myself pull the trigger on it.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My FIL shoots a Shilo Sharps Single (real deal not a knockoff) in 45-90. Mostly for rabbits or plinking. That gun does have some range though. I believe he reloads 45-70 for it, if I remember correctly. It's a fun gun...
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I carry a Marlin 45-70 Guide when I go bear hunting up here in Alaska. Haven't pulled the trigger on a bear with it yet, but maybe this is my lucky year.
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Used my step dads marlin 45/70 on an antlerless elk hunt around Christmas. Worked great!
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I inherited a beautiful Browning 1886 in 45-70 from my father-in-law. I've shot it several times and really enjoy it. However, all my ammo is 300gr and it shoots quite high with those loads. My friends at Browning say the rate of twist is designed for 400gr. bullets, so I just need to "bite the bullet" and buy some new loads. I've considered using it for elk or deer, but haven't ever taken it hunting. Maybe this year for antlerless elk.....
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses. I'm actually surprised, BP, NHS, AF CYN, johnnycheesecake, I didn't know you guys were into big bores.

I actually shoot a 1885 Browning single shot, 45-70. My new attempt for more power has been the Hornady 325gr FTX LEVERevolution. I nonchalantly put the rifle up for a left handed shot the other day, yes they are more powerful than what I have been shooting.

Hornady claims these are good for an additional 100 yards in the right guns. If your body can handle them. So about two more practice shots and I'll be ready for the season.

Good luck with those big bores guys, post everything!
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