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45-70 Lever Action

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by Rivet Joint, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Jun 28, 2010 at 8:37 AM
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    Rivet Joint

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    Man they are both great guns. Good luck with your choice
     
  4. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    Whichever gun you get you'll love it...I bought a .45/70 Govt two years ago and it has quickly become my favorite hunting caliber (I took a whitetail with it last fall).

    If you ever plan on reloading I suggest you go with a good single shot rifle such as the Ruger No.1 or TC Encore. You can get a lot more power and versatility with a .45/70 using hand loads...not too mention it's cheaper if you shot a lot. Lever action .45/70's can't handle the higher pressures of the stronger loads....there are even some commercially available 'tuned up' loads (such as those made by Buffalo Bore) that aren't recommended for lever-action .45/70's.

    If you're not planning on using higher power loads, just get whatever gun you want and enjoy it. My .45/70 makes me smile every time I look at it.

    My TC Encore .45/70 Govt - :D

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  5. Jun 29, 2010 at 3:52 AM
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    2 Tacomas, that is an awesome rifle. i would love to get a sharpe's rifle in 45-70 with vernier sights...but they are too much $$. What grain bullet are you pushing?
     
  6. Jun 29, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    Yeah, I'd love to have a Sharpe's too but I didn't want to spend $2000-4000 on a gun that would be way too heavy for me to carry up the mountains where I hunt....not to mention I would be freaking out about getting any little ding on it.

    Right now I am using 300gr. Jacketed Hollow Points out of my .45/70 Govt - they are perfect for deer sized game. They pack plenty of punch to knock em' down quick without excessive meat damage.
     
  7. Jun 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM
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    HondaGM

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    i've got a tc pistol in 45-70,its a handfull for sure.both are good guns,but i'm partial to winchester.
     
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