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Seeking .45/70 barrel twist rate info

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by p2000sk, Nov 21, 2012.

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  1. p2000sk

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    All .45/70 rifles I have read about tend to have a slower twist rate barrel, commonly of 1:20". Am I correct to assume that a .45/70 barrel 1:20" twist rate could have a hard time stabilizing a subsonic 500 grain or heavier bullet? Would I want the projectile to be spinning at a higher rpm?

    Since I am interested in stabilizing a heavier bullet at subsonic velocity, is anyone aware of any particular make and model of .45/70 rifle with a faster twist rate such as 1:14" on a factory provided barrel?
     
  2. .333 Nitro Express

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    Hi, P2000SK,

    Have you looked at this twist calculator? I'll be interested to see what you find out.
     
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    Absolutely not! Everything is relative and with big bores, 1-20" is considered a faster twist. It won't have any problem stabilizing any bullet you can throw at it.
     
  4. Jim Watson

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    The US Army settled on a 22" twist for the original 1873 405 gr bullet and found it just adequate for the rather blunt 500 gr bullet of 1881.

    Most current production .45-70s have an 18" twist which is good for bullets at least up to 540 gr at black powder velocities (1200 fps or so.)

    As far as subsonic goes, the .458 SOCOM is available with an 18" twist stated to be adequate for up to 450 gr bullets and a 14" twist for bullets 500 gr and more. Discussion at: http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_3_121/463281_.html

    The .458 Win Mag has a 14" twist for the purpose of stabilizing a steel jacketed 510 gr through an elephant's head.

    I know of no factory fast twist .45-70.
     
  5. p2000sk

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    Thank you .333NitroExpress, CraigC, and JimWatson for your responses.
    I have looked at the twist rate calculator and discussion over at arf.com.

    The .458 Socom chambering for an ar-15 or a used .45/70 lever action rifle is likely in my future. You guys helped me think about it more and in different ways. Thanks again and I'll post a picture after I buy.
     
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