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I have been hunting and shooting with ar15s for years. I currently own 3 that I built that are all 6.8 spc cal. I have killed lots of deer, hogs and even one Idaho spring bear with these little guns. I sold a 50 beowulf ar because it was a pain to get brass but wanted a big bore gun so I bought a Marlin 1895 brand new from Gander Mountain for 550. I have shot 3 boxes of rem 405s out of it. I am having a really hard time deciding an optic or williams fiber optic sites. I have never used open sites and can't hit the broad side of a barn with it!
I am also trying to figure out which bullet to order for reloading. I thought I would order some Remington 405s but they seem to be really really scarce. It will be used 95% out of a blind with a feeder (hog lite equipped) at 70 yards for pigs during the night. I know I am ordering the better trigger but the rest is up in the air. Any ideas and feedback will be welcomed. Here is a picture of me and my black bear. Too my knowledge the first to be killed with a 6.8 AR. 2 110 gr ,277 barnes triple shock.





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Welcome aboard!!! If you can't hit the broadside of a barn with it, try shooting from inside the barn. I always had much better luck that way myself ;D...

Seriously though...are you having a hard time getting on target with that new one? There have been some quality control issues since Remington took over and the Marlin plant was moved to New York. Mostly with improperly indexed barrels. Most of the ones with the problems seem to have the front sight "canted" to the left, about 11:30. You'll frequently hear the term "Remlins" on this forum. The other general complaints seem to be wood to metal fit, but that's cosmetic.

Check your front sight and make sure it's straight with the world. Also check for barrel droop, though it's not common. Take a straight edge off the receiver and make sure the barrel is in line and not "drooping" toward the floor. If all looks good, start with a big piece of paper at 25 yards and work your way out from there.

I have my sons 22-250, with hand loads, dialed in to 1/8" groups at 100 yards. Which is probably pretty close to what you're used to with your AR's. This is not so in the 45-70 arena. 1 to 2" groups at a hundred yards are considered pretty decent with this round. I used almost nothing but scoped rifles for years and had to re-teach myself to use iron sights. I got a pellet gun to do it with.

As for bullets - try Gunbroker. Type in 45-70 and pick the Re-Loading Supplies option. You can find all kinds of stuff there. And don't overlook cast bullets, lot's of options there as well, and lot's of places to get them from. Good luck, happy hunting and welcome to the forum. :D
 

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Welcome to our website. I am sure you will enjoy your new 45-70. I am an open sight shooter so can't help with optics but I would suggest replacing the recoil pad with one like Limbsaver's, it made a big difference for me. Any bullet made to shoot out of a 45-70 lever gun will take any hog at 70 yards. There are many to choose from jacketed, solids, or hard cast anywhere from 250 grains to over 500 grains. Have fun!
 

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NICE BEAR !! Welcome got one of those 45/70 coming Fri .I'm going to throw lead this weekend . the guys here are out standing with questions and help
 

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I can recommend Carolina Cast Bullets...he sells the ranch dog 350gr hard cast / gas checked...given a hit in the boiler room....it will put down anything ... they are sized at .460 and give good accuracy at that dia.
 

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I have had excellent luck with Hornady 350 grain interlock bullets for my 45/70. They are accurate, expand well and retain their weight. Plus, they are not an expensive bullet. You can buy them from Midway USA.

My guide gun has an XS scout rail with a Leupold 2.5x IER scout scope. This scope setup allows for very fast target acquisition and accurate shooting.

Lever on!
 

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I'm also a newcomer to the 45/70...........had mine all of five days, and have had it out to the range twice. My eyes do NOT get along with Buckhorn sights, and I have added glass to every rifle I own. But my favorites are my Scout Rifles, each one wearing the same 2X7 IER scope. My 45/70 came with a nice scope already on it, but I swapped it out pretty quick. The 45/70 is on the top, the 375 below it, and my beloved 357 on the bottom. They all need to be shot regularly, or they get cranky. :)

 

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Hi Arteacher, and welcome to MO.
I use a Leupold VX3 1.5-5x20mm scope on Leupold QD low rings on an EGW picatinny base. With this combo I can shoot with the scope and for some reason I need the iron sights I can use those when you remove the scope.
 

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For pigs at night, 70yds or so, any quality 2x7 or 3x9 that gathers light well is the berries. For handloading, order some Speer 300gr Unicore ( they will say "Plinker" on the box, don't worry, same great bullet.) H322 in Winchester brass, CCI Br2 primers, and you are set for anything in the US! No, I haven't killed game with it, but there are enough people who have that it is a proven killer. It's not that expensive either. Short of handloading, the Federal Blue Box 300gr uses the Speer bullet. Work on those hogs!!!
 

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Welcome to MO's....That's one awesome looking bear!
 
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