Elmer Keith .45-70


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Hatchett
October 12, 2003, 07:12 PM
Can anyone tell me how Elmer Keith used to load his .45-70s? I heard somewhere that he wrote all about it in a book, but I can't find anything about it.

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jjmorgan64
October 12, 2003, 08:39 PM
It varies greatly by type of rifle, what are you shooting?

Hatchett
October 12, 2003, 11:16 PM
I'm don't plan to actually do it myself, but I'd like to know how he would have loaded them for a Winchester 1886, back in about the fifties or earlier.

jjmorgan64
October 13, 2003, 06:29 AM
Just checked, Lyman lists max load for this rifle as 48 grains 3031 with a 405 grain soft point. so This load is posted for entertainment purposes only.
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in the 1886 Keith used 53 grains of 3031 with a 405 grain jacketed soft point bullet.

This developed 1850 fps and around 36,000 psi.

He also recomends this load for the 1895 marlin.

This is from "Gun Notes" a collection of his writing.

Remember though componets may have changed since then, always work up loads carefully.

Edited because I either can't read or can't remember a number long enough to type it. Thanks Pumpkinheaver

Pumpkinheaver
October 13, 2003, 09:39 AM
I have a book here that states his standard load with a 405gr bullet was 53grs IMR-3031.

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