It's going to be hard to be the federal load with the speer bullet. My 1895 likes winchester's 300gr HP. It works fine on deer and moderate sized black bear.
I have confidence in the hotcor bullet for deer and bear. I have been stocking up on 405gr Rem bullets and plan to load up a ton of ammunition. The problem I have is that north of the border, it is hard to get components. In some case, there is some value to getting a case of the federal hotcor factory ammo is good value when you look at purchasing bullets and brass. I am relatively new to the 45/70 so it does make some sense. The endstate for me will be reloaded ammo for hunting.reloader458 said:I know Black Bear have been taken with 300 HP, even the soft Rem 300. I would use at the 405 Remington over the 300's for Bear. If you are going to use a 300 grain bullet for Bear,the Hotcor would be the better of the three and the Remington 300 would be the worst.. in my opinion.