Originally Posted by themarsfloyd
Great to know. I got a great deal since it was a benefit for a local church. They aren't great because accuracy or other reasons?
The hornady ammo is crap for em as is most factory ammo. All shelf ammo is so under powered its just not going fast enough to get decent accuracy. I consider it junk because your paying premium price for plinking ammo you could make yourself for a frqction they are charging for
They do that cuz there are a LOT of old turn of the century guns that can only handle black powder pressure loadings.
Your marlin is very very strong and can take actual pressures that make the 45-70 a monster. Not on ruger single shot level but high end of the standard loadings.
My 1895 using 405 handloads is right at 1" to 1.5" scoped and 2" to 3" open sights accuracy at 100yards.
To get the most out of your new toy you need to load for it. Factory ammo is pretty pathetic for these guns.
On the upside the 45-70 is probably the single most versatile round ever devised by man. It can be loaded to very mild loadings safely using trailboss powder for very pleasent plinking with light 250-350 grain bullets suitable for targets or deer. Or loaded up to elephant stopping power with max charges under 400grain jacketed softpoints and everything in between. It can also be used with blackpowder and really go old school.
Its probably my favorite cartridge due to the simply enourmous selection of .458 bullets available. If your not a reloader owning that rifle is the perfect reason to start.
Its a super super easy cartridge to load for. Even the max loads arent all that high pressure and your never going to wear a casing out.