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Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 10, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose Reply with quote

george20042007 wrote:
I'm glad to see so many commenting on lever actions. There seems to be a quite a few using 45-70 loads, so, I have one question. What is your favorite hand load in 45-70?

Depends on what I want to do with it. All my loads use Starline brass trimmed to 2.095” with CCI 200 primers.

For fun, plinker loads that cost about $2.50 per box and have half the recoil of a .30-30 factory load are hard to beat. Near one-hole accuracy at 50 yards, too. LaserCast 300g over 13.5g HS-6., 1167fps.

For hunting it is a North Fork 350g bonded FP, 51.0g H4198, 2183fps.

For backyard rhinos, Cast Performance 460g WFNGC, 49.3g Benchmark, 1812fps, wicked recoil.

I have about 15 or 16 others, too!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 5:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose Reply with quote

Favorite 45-70 handload for Marlin 1895:
Speer 400 grain flatnose in front of 52 grains of reloder 7 at 2060 FPS.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:37 pm    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose Reply with quote

kbis...like you I like the octagon barrel. I bought a Henry in 22 mag I use on varmints regularly, then there's the Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited in 45 LC I use also on varmints. Both are challenging on varmints, both have octagon barrels, & both are just plain fun to shoot.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you ch Reply with quote

Have a 444 and a 45-70, both. I bought the 444 when it first came out, first model rifle by Marlin, with the pistol grip. Were I to do it again, I would own only one, the 45-70. I would also own the 45-70 in a Marlin, not a Winchester.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose Reply with quote

I have a Winchester 1886 Take down and am completely happy, Except for that darn cresent butt plate........ouch!

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 5:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you ch Reply with quote

My big bore lever gun is a Win. 94 in 45 Colt. I hand load a 300 gr. jsp with a mv of 1800 fps....It is really a lot of fun and deer just can not stand it. Don't know what game you hunt in Australia but I use it for everything in North America with the exception of the big bears. Although it would probably work on them but I prefer to let someone else find out. It is really almost a mini 45/70. I do have a 45/70 in a Ruger #1 so I am fimiliar the the cartridge.
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 1:07 am    Post subject: Re: Big bore lever actions calibre choices what would you choose Reply with quote

I too have an 1895 Marlin in 45/70. Seems to be the most popular caliber in lever actions besides the 30-30.
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