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I just ordered dies for my new 45 70 and ordered 250 of the 350 grain oregon trail bullets to play with. I would like to hear about some loads that would be good for shooting at the hogs and maybe a deer. I already have Varget, H322, H335 and reloader 7 but can get others. Thanks for helping a newbie. Strange how a $550 lever gun has turned into a $1200 credit card bill. Ouch! Don't tell my wife!
 

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When you can't find data for a given bullet weight, you can use the info for the next heavier bullet.
These are from Lyman 48. They are for 405gr Lyman 457193's.
Primers:Rem 9 1/2's, Cases:Remington,
RL-7 37.0-39.0gr, 1534-1578fps, Pressure:16,400-17,900cup, (from Trapdoor data)
H-322 43.5-48.5gr, 1469-1740fps, Pressure 16,100-27,100cup, (from Win 1886, and Marlin 1895 data)
 

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Hey there arteacher -- The Laser-Cast 350 grain bullet is a great general purpose bullet for the 45-70. Here is some information from the Laser-Cast reloading manual. Hope it helps. Best regards. Wind
 

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Thanks Wind! I guess I need to order that book


Another question? Can I use 350 gr jacketed data for 350gr cast?
 

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Hey there again arteacher -- I don't but I guess there are folks that do. I think stretching that credit card out some more by getting a couple more manuals is the way to go. Here is another example. They even segregate the jacketed from the half jacketed bullets. This reloading business is all about collecting information I think. I figure guys like Speer and Lyman have been messing with it a lot longer than me and have the tools to understand it all better. I have just collected that information and tried to digest what will work with what I have. Hope this helps you on your journey. It is rewarding when it all comes together. Best regards. Wind
 

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I've played a little bit with those bullets in my 1895G...

This is what I've done in my rifle at risk to my hands, so take it with a grain of salt and work yourself carefully around it.

One of the first things I did was use the data from Joe at Real Guns and work up Rx7 (the new greenish stuff)from 42 to 47 grains. 42-44 grains was inconsistent for me but 45 and 46 bunched them nicely before they opened up again at 47. I settled in at 45 grains, 2.525 OAL, R-P brass and CCI 200 primers. The last time I chronographed that load it came in at 1715 fps.

I also worked up 2400 with the 350g OTLC. Again, R-P brass, 2.525 OAL, CCI 200 primers. 25 grains of 2400 gave me 1390 fps and good groups. It's a sweet shooting load in my rifle. I have to note that I use no fillers or wads with this load.

For range fun I've taken Unique to them as worked out by Greg Mushial. Again...R-P brass, 2.525 OAL, CCI 200 primers and 12g of Unique get me 1126 fps, really fine accuracy and virtually no recoil. It's just a dang fun powder-puff load.

Good Luck!
 
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