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    Talking .45-70 Loads for Boar

    Hi all,

    I am looking for some loads suitable for driven boar. The rifle is a Marlin underlever with short 18.5" barrel.

    Bullets available are:

    Hornady 350gr sp
    Cast Performance 300gr with gas check
    Casp Performance 405gr with gas check

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    Need suggestions on powder and loads please!

    thanks,

    Alex

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    Hello
    I use a 375 HH with 300gr bullets, but I know someone in Eversham, uses a 45-70 on everything and reloads, I'll ask him if I can pass his details on.

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    For my marlin 45/70 I use 30 grain reloader 7 and a 405 reming ton soft point , very good accuarcy on paper, not used in anger yet, but hope to blood it on the does next month

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    RL-7, 3031, H4895 would be good powders for that length of barrel. I would use the 300 grain bullet, mostly due to the bullet shape which will feed well under less than perfect circumstances. I use a similar RCBS 45-300GC in my Mauser 98 45-70 and a Marlin 1895. For a 45-70 is shoots flat, and hits amply hard. I hit a large mule-deer doe with that bullet at 70 yards (over RL-7) and it was like the Hand of God. Down instantly without even a quiver.~Muir

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    Thanks guys, looks like RL7 or H4895 is the way to go then. What do you think about H4198? Seems to crop up quite a bit googling around and is a bit faster than 4895 (thinking of the short barrel)?

    e.g. 350gr Honady 45-70 load - HuntingNet.com Forums


    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    it was like the Hand of God. Down instantly without even a quiver.~Muir
    I like the sound of that!

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    Another good powder. I just shoot a lot of 4895 in other calibers so I lean that way. One of my most accurate loads was a stout charge of RL-7 under a Lyman 457-122 HP. It would shoot clover leaf groups at 100M. I ran out of RL-7 and used some of my vast supplies of 4895. It shot about the same so there I stayed. I use 4198 primarily for light cast bullet loads for bottle necked rifle cartridges.~Muir

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    Do not forget to crimp the rounds before you use them in the underlever as the bullets will move back in to the case with the recoil! but i guess you knew that.

    Bob
    "a man does good business when he rids himself of a turd"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muir View Post
    and it was like the Hand of God.
    great quote!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reiver View Post
    Do not forget to crimp the rounds before you use them in the underlever as the bullets will move back in to the case with the recoil! but i guess you knew that.

    Bob
    Very good point, cheers Bob!

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    I never hesitate to mention that if you are using a 45-70 you should make every attempt to cast some of your own bullets. I can't imagine what those commercially cast bullets are running you but I can guarantee you can make them for pennies. Some of the best designs just aren't commercially available. The ancient 330 grain, Gould Hollow Point bullet, Lyman #457122 is an example. They are tedious to make but oh so accurate and a ferocious killer of game. Between that and the RCBS bullet mentioned earlier you have my favorite and most often used 45-70 bullets in my bolt gun. My son favors the HP in his Marlin.~Muir

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