Share your 45-70 pet load?


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Oathkeeper1775
September 13, 2011, 06:11 AM
Anyone care to share their pet load for a 45-70?

I have the dies ordered and 85 starline brass (fired once) all polished and ready to go.

This is my Elk and bear rifle that I carry in the timber hellholes 0-75 yards, maybe 80 yards top range; open sights on a Marlin 1895G.

Thanks in advance

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ArchAngelCD
September 13, 2011, 06:24 AM
Your levergun will safely shoot hotter loads than can be shot in older 45-70 rifles. I use mostly H4198 but from what I've read AA5744 is a great powder for use in the 45-70. I bought a can but haven't tried it yet but the ammo I make is usually under 28,000 CUP and made with lead bullets. For your levergun you can probably go as high as 40,000 CUP and use jacketed bullets. You probably don't need to use powders as fast as the ones I use in your application. 4895, 4064 and Varget work well in 45-70 ammo meant for leverguns. You can get plenty of load data on the Hodgdon Load Data Site (http://data.hodgdon.com/cartridge_load.asp). Don't forget the range report when you work out a good load for that 1895G...

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