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    Whats the round of choice in 45/70?

    Just purchased a 1895gbl. Going to sight it in with the ammo I'm going to hunt with, so I'm going to order a 5 or 6 boxes of it.

    My local gun store carries Hornady 325g soft points and recommends them. Be nice to get a box locally in a bind.

    Looking at around a 200lbs boar, max distance 100 yards.

    Thoughts?


    Thanks! Steve
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    that should do the trick.....anything from 300 to 405gr is in the wheelhouse......
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    As long as it shoots good in your gun, most any factory ammo for a 45-70 will do the trick I would think.
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    Should be just fine. I like 405 gr pills cuz fat bullets need love too...............
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    You should do fine with that....often very accurate in most Marlins....but test your group size.
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    I'd try an individual box at a time and see what your rifle likes first before buying multiples. The Hornady round is generally very good but depends on your rifle and what you want it to do. I used the 325gr FTX round on a black bear in Canada 7 years ago and it worked perfectly at about 40 yds; complete pass throughs.
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    Try the federal 300 gr hollow point it is loaded with the Speer bullet and its bonded. The hollow is more of a dimple and it expands and holds together well. I have killed a dozen or so deer with total satisfaction and minimal meat loss with that bullet in hand loads going a little faster than factory.

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    I figure the 405 grain load will give you some 25.95 ft-lbs of punishment applied directly to your shoulder.

    Woof!
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    I have one and honestly have never used it on hogs yet. I generally use something smaller, but anything placed anywhere close to a vital area with a 45-70 will be deadly. On an average year I shoot 40 to 50 I've killed at least 40 with a 204 ruger there not armored tanks neck, shoulder area their down. Good Luck on your hunt!
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    I have an 1895 I have used on many hogs and a few black bears. I like the 405gn soft points. Like Mrguvnr said, they need love too.
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