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    i don't think the recoil is any wore than a 10ga duck/goose gun. I kinda like the recoil
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    A friend bought himself a new GBL and one 20rd box of Leverevolution 325gr ammo. I believe the box stated 2025 MV. He asked me if I would like to try it out with him. We set up a target that we shot at from 25 yards up to about 100 yards away. He loaded up and proceeded to shoot. He went through one in chamber and a full mag tube before he called it a day. Watching him shoot ya could tell that rifle was kicking pretty hard. I finished the box, but that felt recoil was serious stuff. I will admit to being bruised pretty good and there was no benchrest shooting. We were either sitting or standing so we could roll with the movement of the rifle. Everyone expects some recoil, but I do not intend to go out of my way to shoot that ammo again anytime soon. I get the feeling that the pursuit of smaller bullets with higher velocities is something people do just because they can. I believe there are plenty of long time hunters on this site who will tell ya that there are better ways to do it with larger bullets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PogoJack View Post
    Granted that's not the most powerful load and I had a limbsaver on the rifle, but it wasn't bad at all. Shoulder was a bit sore but less so than a shotgun session.

    I think shooting my dad's unpacked SKS rifle was much more punishing.

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    The modern 300 - 325 gr bullets and powder combinations have changed many minds with respect to the 45-70. I prefer a higher velocity for the hydrostatic effect on game and the lighter bullets deliver!

    Make no mistake, if you have sinus conjestion, a short session with full power 400-425 gr bullets will clear up your breathing issues in short order.

    I have a 1886 Win with a 24" octagon barrel, that is not a short or light rifle. I shoot it in big bore NRA Lever Action Silhouette matches. I cast a 250 gr bullet with 17.5 gr of Unique moving at around 1,650 fps to avoid getting a bad case of yips, shatching the trigger, in a 40 round match.

    300 gr bullets are a great option for most North American game. Only dangerous game needs a 400gr dose of medicine.
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    Since I'm going bear hunting this fall......and it will sneak up sooner than I expect, I went to the range today to work up some "bear loads." I call 'em bear loads as my normal load for whitetail is a CP GC 405gr that gives me about 1,600fps from my Marlin XLR rifle. I want a bullet\powder combo that will give me 2,000fps or better from my rifle as I want to zero it at 100 yards, and I will know that at 200 yards the drop will be about 10". So, knowing that I have two bullets on my shelf that will do this. One is the Hornady 325 FTX and the second is a Nosler 300gr. partition.

    I loaded up the Hornady over 48gr. of RL-7, and a second batch using 50gr. RL-7. The Nosler I made one load using 65gr. H335.

    I used the 48gr RL-7 loads to obtain zero at 100 yards, then moved on to the 200yard target with the 325gr and 50gr RL-7. Finally, I took one shot at the 200 yard target with the Nosler load. The Nosler recoil is more than the Hornady....and since the Hornady is accurate that's the choice.

    The pic below is from the 200 yard groupings. The "flyer" on the left was my fault. The four shots in the 1" grouping were three from the Hornady 50gr. load, and one from the Nosler. Now, these were shot from a bench with a rest with my Williams peep sight. I've decided on the 325gr. 50gr RL-7 load for bear as the Nosler bark was worse.....plus it had flames coming outta the barre end. No need for all that!! When I go back to the range I will have a Leupold 2-6X scope with QDR's for the "final" sight in and adjustments. The peep sight will be left as is in case the scope fails, or I need to remove it for some reason. This Marlin XLR is a wicket accurate shooter and it does make me look good....and I need all the help I can get!!

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    Very nice 200 yard group as is...............
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    I just got my first 45-70. A 1895GBL. Shot 20 rounds of the Hornady 325's. Less felt recoil Tham my model 700 30-06. About 2x felt recoil than my 1894 44 mag
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    I just bought a 1895 GBL today and went through 20 rounds of Hornady LeverRevolution 325 grain....and 20 rounds of 405 Grain Remington at the BLM range in Grand Junction, Colorado this afternoon....I didn't really notice significant recoil.....I'm not very recoil sensitive though....but don't think it kicks any worse than my SBEII Benelli.....
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    After reading many of the comments I went out to sight in my 1895 45/70 today and found the recoil to be less than shooting my 870 12 gauge, I was very impressed with the accuracy. I had just purchased this used last week at a local gun store. It was made on 2017. The fit, finish and function was flawless. Here is a picture of the target 🎯 I only had time for a 25 yard sight in today.
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    I put Limbsavers on most of mine cause at my age recoil wasn't pleasant anymore. They tame the beast down substantially.
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