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I've located a 45-70 and will pick it up tomorrow. Midway has the RCBS dies (none available locally - special order). Thinking about some of the Meister hard cast 300 and 405gr bullets as well as some Remington 405's.

Anybody got any suggestions about reloading, load suggestions and the components needed?

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HEY! LIL' SISTER' TWO SKIN [ha]

i like the miester hard casts[250gr. rnfp] i run them in my autos/wheelguns exclusively. go with the 405gr.

the shell holder is a 'one size only'[i'm sitting here looking at the only cartridge i have in 45-70,i found it in the desert,the bullet is white/the brass is blk/bro,it's a oldie/would probably STILL fire]

i hope you have 'heap big fun' with your new lever.

i wanted a marlin guide gun when they came out , but fought the urge, as i knew i would not stay in love with it after i mastered it[go figure?] plus mobilize with the reloading end[i walked in my reloading room once,and there was $150 in empty componet containers 'scattered,' for a m-1 garand]


good luck , keep us abreast with your 'warhorse' addition.



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The Remington 405s, while a cheap bullet, are a bonded-core design, and have been very accurate out of everybody's Marlin that has tried them. I've used them on deer and hogs and both go down like they were pole-axed (honestly, I hit them so that the round went through the boiler room and a shoulder. Beauty of the .45-70 in moderate loads with heavy bullets is it won't destroy much meat, but hits like a mortar.

Meister bullets are damn nice, as are Cast Technologies LBT series. All are available from Midway, Graf's, Cabelas, etc.

I would stick to 405-gr and heavier. You might have to pick up an oldeer reloading guide, as most of the new ones don't list data for bullets heavier than 405 grains anymore (although I believe both LBT and Meister come with some loading data with each box of bullet).

However, I REALLY like the Crater bullets from this guy Jae-Bok Young

He sells very hard, very big bullets in the LBT LWNGC (Long Wide Nose, Gas Check) design, and will email you the loading data if you don't have an older manual.

One thing to keep in mind is that almost all of the really heavy bullets exceed teh SAAMI specs for overall length. So I would make a <font color=red>*</font><font color=red>*</font><font color=red>*</font><font color=red>*</font><font color=red>*</font> round and seat it progressively in and test it in the rifle until it feeds reliably from the magazine. marlins are very good about this, and will feed Garrett's 540-gr bullets (which he tells you are seated further out than is even called for in loading manuals to hold the "firewall level" powder charge) with no problem, so it should cause you any headaches.

Speaking of firewall levels, I wouldn't load the .45-70 real hot. I've found the best velocities were 500-gr at ~ 1400fps, 405-gr at ~1500 fps, but YMMV.
 

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I don't see in your post where you say what kind of action you're getting. There are 3 loading levels for the .45-70: Trapdoor, Lever and Bolt/Single Shot. The Speer 13 Manual has some good loads, and Lyman 47 does too. Heavy (>400 grain) bullets work best in my rfles, with 500 grains being about the top weight. I've got a 540 grain mold, but my guns don't shoot those bullets very well. (Time for another gun maybe).

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Hi 45 Colt,

Marlin 1895 Lever Action.

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none of which make any sense for anything. The alloy framed version of BAR, in 308, outperform the 45-70 in every way you can name, at 1/4 the price for ammo. :)
 

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Neither the alloy framed 308 BAR nor the Marlin are shtf guns. BARs are a dime a dozen. The 45-70 is unique and will do whatever job needs to be done. I choose something not so commonplace.

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Thanks Garand. I have bookmarked those two.

RIKA
 
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