45-70 for deer hunting

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roebu001
 
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45-70 for deer hunting

Postby roebu001 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:45 am

I am buying a Marlin 1895G 45-70 for deer hunting and wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for over the counter ammunition.  I have a .300WSM for hunting areas that present long range shots and plan on using this gun strictly for brush hunting (75 yards and in).  Most of the stores around my house carry federal and remington 300gr JHP's, remington 405 grain soft points, and hornady 325 leverevolution.  Any advice would be highly appreciated.

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RE: 45-70 for deer hunting

Postby Inv8erZIM » Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:28 am

I hunt w/. the same rifle.  405 gr soft points will be just fine for 75 yds and in. I recently fitted mine w/ a scope... however, I prefer open sites with this gun.
-Zim.

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RE: 45-70 for deer hunting

Postby TFin04 » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:26 am

I haven't used a 45/70 on deer but have for other animals, and my grandfather has killed animals on multiple continents with his 45/70 Marlin lever gun.
 
For whitetail, within 75 yards, pretty much any load that patterns well will be more than enough gun. The 45/70 is a fun round, with a lot of power. If it were me, I'd look for a good jacketed soft point that I can find easily/inexpensively and go with that. They will all knock em dead.
 
The 45/70 Marlin's are fun and reliable guns, have fun!

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RE: 45-70 for deer hunting

Postby Challenger » Thu Dec 03, 2009 10:36 pm

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I am buying a Marlin 1895G 45-70 for deer hunting and wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for over the counter ammunition.  I have a .300WSM for hunting areas that present long range shots and plan on using this gun strictly for brush hunting (75 yards and in).  Most of the stores around my house carry federal and remington 300gr JHP's, remington 405 grain soft points, and hornady 325 leverevolution.  Any advice would be highly appreciated.

Well, considering that they used to kill buffalo with that gun, any cartridge should do. However, when comparing the 300 vs. the 405, the 300 is a much flatter bullet.

Example: If you sight your gun in for a "0" @ 50 yds, at 100 yds the 300 will only drop 1.3" vis-a-vis the 405 which will drop 4". So at the distances you'll be shooting at; the 300 gr is a no brainer since you will be able to just point & shoot at any distance between 0 & 100 yds.
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RE: 45-70 for deer hunting

Postby MSHunter » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:15 am

I use Hornady leverevolution with my 45/70.


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