Welcome to the forum from the hills of Western Wisconsin.
Hi! Welcome from France. I like the SBL so much but it is so awfully expensive here in Europe...Howdy, just found this forum and I figured I should sign up. I bought my Marlin 1895 SBL about a year ago in .45-70. It was my first gun and I hadn't gotten to use it much until I got ammo recently. I would have liked to get a single kind of ammo but I ended up picking up a few boxes of different manufactures and weights. I've got a few questions about some stuff I feel I should know:
What's some good store bought rounds to look out for for hunting white tail and elk? I don't know how to reload but I have kept all my brass from shooting.
How often do you guys clean your rifles? Last time I cleaned mine it was pretty bad, I'm not from a very gun friendly background so I'm kinda learning as I go.
Any tips for sighting in? I'm not a fantastic shot but shooting from a bench at 100 yards with irons I was getting some not good groups, could my ammo choices/barrel being dirty have affected my accuracy much. I for sure need more practice but if a certain round works better I'd like to try it out as well.
Thanks guys I'm sure I'll have more questions as I think of them. Here's a picture of my rifle:
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Thanks, I'll try that. I've gotten some decent groups before with my friends SCAR. Next time I go with my friends we'll switch guns and try to see if they can group well with mine and vice versa. If I pick up some 405 grains will they be softer than the 300's I've been using?Snake,been thinking since I read this yesterday.Your struggle for good groups is probably due to flinching,not amo.Its a common problem all have delt with and big hard kicking guns only make it worse. Your anticipating what is about to happen as you squeeze the trigger.A 45 70 is a tough place to start. If your shooting at a range ask around to see if you can try some less potent calibers, say a 30 30 win or 35rem, both good for white tail,but not so hard on you.Just a thought.