45-70 loads

Discussion in 'Handloads' started by jcwat, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. jcwat

    jcwat Super Member

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    just got my dies today. was wondering if anyone has any favorite loads. i plan on shooting a 300gr bullet. any help would be welcomed.


    thanks,

    john
     
  2. Papadoodles

    Papadoodles Super Member

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  3. 1gsplover

    1gsplover Super Member

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    :) 45-70 is a sweetheart to reload... very tolerant... mine shoots most any old load pretty good... and a couple hotrod loads very, very tight indeed. I'm not going to presume to recommend a specific load to you, but will say I've had good luck following the common wisdom that dictates beginning the loads with a couple grains less than max and CAREFULLY working up from there. Have fun! :D ///olde 8) pharte///
     
  4. Mule

    Mule Well-Known Member

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    Many manuals list two or three pressure levels for the .45-70 Government cartridge. You must absolutely know what pressure levels your firearm is rated for. A hot load in a not so strong action could ruin your week.

    I have to keep things on the mild side for my 1873 Springfield. Accurate 5744 with 405gr lead bullets works great.

    Shoot Safe!
    Shoot Often!