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tatt00edangel
02-01-2010, 9:15 AM
What is the effective range of a 45-70 round shot through my Marlin 1895? I will be shooting factory loads.

technique
02-01-2010, 9:19 AM
Low and slow.

Dies off pretty quickly, bullet drop is hard core.
I consider it a 200 yard and in gun. YMMV, and I'm sure its capable of more.

Great, fun round by the way. Enjoy it.

Argonaut
02-01-2010, 9:21 AM
Effective range is very subjective and there are many 45-70 loads. I had a Mauser made up as a 20" mannlicher that I would not hesitate taking game out to a couple of hundred yards with Leverevolution ammo and that is not the hottest ammo available. A lot of the factory loaded stuff is pretty anemic because of the weak Trapdoors on the market.

El Gato
02-01-2010, 9:26 AM
big and heavy bullets will punch holes in stuff a long way away.. if you can gauge the rainbow trajectory...If...
lots of fun ...
pick a good load that meets your expectations...
sight in for like 100 yds...
then range it out and see what you get..
if it is a factory load... the factory will have a ballistics chart somewhere that should be fairly close...

my hi wall with win. 300 gr partition type bullets..
is dead on at 100 and at 300 is about the top of the thick part of the post on my custom scope with a german #6...and 200 is about 1/3 the way down...
never shot any THING with it past about 60 yards.. but boy did that pig go down like he was hit with a sledgehammer....

tatt00edangel
02-01-2010, 2:38 PM
Thanks, I took it out last week to site it in, I was splitting rocks in half at 100 yards. Very impressive. I wasn't sure how much drop beyond that I would get. It would mainly be for pig. I was shooting the Leverevolution rounds and it was dead on.

scootergmc
02-01-2010, 3:13 PM
Here are the 24" barrel specs:

http://www.hornady.com/store/45-70-Government-325-gr-FTX-LEVERevolution/

dfletcher
02-01-2010, 4:00 PM
You may want to try some Buffalo Bore loads in your 45/70. But much like the 8mm Mauser, the 45/70 really needs reloading to realize its potential.

swerv512
02-01-2010, 6:28 PM
shooting an 18" guide gun at 100 yds was pretty much point and shoot. not sure of the load though- although i'm certain it was factory...

rkt88edmo
02-01-2010, 6:29 PM
Sandy Hook!!!

technique
02-01-2010, 6:50 PM
Thanks, I took it out last week to site it in, I was splitting rocks in half at 100 yards. Very impressive. I wasn't sure how much drop beyond that I would get. It would mainly be for pig. I was shooting the Leverevolution rounds and it was dead on.

I was rockin a 45/70 for a while as my pig gun....but, you know us mallninjas..it wasn't tactical enough.

So I got with the .458 SOCOM. Same ballistic characteristics but in a AR tacticool platform. Let me just say, both kill pigs dead. I mean DEAD.

Enjoy. my only regret is no hogs in Idaho. Kill a few for me.