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    New to the Marlin, Lever, and 45-70 world

    Hey folks,
    Just joined this group, but I've been creeping on posts as a non-member while I was waiting for my new 1895 SBL 45-70. I now have it, bought all the reloading equipment, mounted my scope, installed WW trigger kit upgrade and range point gate spring, and took it to the range for the first time, yesterday.
    I had some powders laying around from other calibers, specifically IMR 4895, and H322. I have read many who are loading H322 with good results. It was definitely the better of the 2 powders. I settled it on 51 gr. H322 with starline brass, CCI 200 primer, and Hornady 350 gr RN. That gave me roughly a 1.5 moa group at 100 yards. I'm happy with that for a hunting load.
    Now to the point. My shoulder was pretty raw after bench firing 30+ rounds of similar charges. Do any of you have a pet load for plinking? Preferably something that doesn't kick like crazy?
    I appreciate any input. Thanks!20200109_131854_1578688125721.jpg
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    Laughing here, and welcome to the forum as well as to the world of 45/70 loading & shooting.

    Yup, thirty stout loaded shots can leave an impression.

    Guy
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    Consider a 300 to 405 gr cast lead bullet launched at modest velocity, say 1200 ish fps.

    For instance 27 grains of H4198 is a "trapdoor" level load and will move a 405 gr cast bullet at about 1250 fps. It's listed on Hodgdon's website, under the 45/70 trapdoor level loads. They're mild, easy to shoot.

    Most reloading manuals have a section for the light "trapdoor" 45/70 loads, that's where you'll find the easy-kicking loads. I admit that I like those a lot.

    And we probably shouldn't forget that such loads pretty well eliminated the wild bison herds once upon a time.

    Regards, Guy

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    Welcome to MO and greetings from Ohio. Sorry I don't have a plinker load to share with you. I do handload for the .45/70, but all my loadings are "rip snorters".
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    Welcome to the 45-70 "House of Pain" ! That is what I tell newbees when they cringe after taking a few shots off of my 45-70 at the range. They usually have new respect for the 45-70 after shooting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowboy23* View Post
    Welcome to the 45-70 "House of Pain" ! That is what I tell newbees when they cringe after taking a few shots off of my 45-70 at the range. They usually have new respect for the 45-70 after shooting it.
    When ya smack the steel gong with 350+ grains of bullet it makes one heck of a sound and gets banged around pretty good. Sometimes I've managed to knock the whole thing over or break it with either my 45/70 or with 300 gr loads from my 375 H&H. Either one is a hoot.

    But... I do like light loads just for fun too.

    Guy
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    It's always the big guys who cry about recoil. A 45/70 isn't that bad. Shooting a bunch off the bench can get uncomfortable but even stiff loads ain't that bad standing up.
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    Welcome to MO from Midcoast Maine. Trapdoor loads are key for sending big ole pills down range. I am working on some plinker loads in 1100 fps range but nothing all that good to report yet. I think that my gun needs .459 bullets and have yet to test out that theory. I remember that Kingstrider has posted some info on plinker rounds someplace on MO.

    Use advance search with kingstrider, subsonic and you may find some his subsonlc loads.

    A quick search turned up 13.2gr of Unique with an RCBS 300 gr FN clocked at 1211 fps on his SBR 45-70 project thread. You should be able to bench shoot those all day.
    https://www.marlinowners.com/forum/4...r-project.html
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    I wasn't going to bring up the Unique loads just yet.

    But they can be terrific with cast bullets.

    Yup!
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    It's just awfully easy to double-charge the cavernous 45/70 case when using Unique...

    Something I'm quite cautious about.

    Guy
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