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Share your 45-70 pet load?

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Oathkeeper1775, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Oathkeeper1775

    Oathkeeper1775 New Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Oregon Coast Range
    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
  2. ArchAngelCD

    ArchAngelCD Senior Elder

    Nov 25, 2006
    Northeast PA, USA
    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. Don't forget the range report when you work out a good load for that 1895G...

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