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Old 03-17-2013, 04:12 AM   #11
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+1 on the Lyman cast bullet handbook.

I use a Lyman single cavity (385 gr) mold and a Lyman lubrisizer with Thompson's "Blue Angel" lube. I prefer to use gas checks. I cast from straight wheelweights.

That's not the only, or necessarily the best way, it's what works for me.

There is no way to describe the satisfaction I felt when I first bit into a venison steak from a big Mulie buck that I killed with my Marlin 1895 .45-70, shooting a hand load with a home cast bullet.
What kind of velocities are you getting with the 385gr..?
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:03 PM   #12
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Cast bullet alloys are chosen by the pressures developed by a particular load.

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Old 03-17-2013, 05:48 PM   #13
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I haven't started reloads in the 45/70,s yet , but do want to. I'm not caring for the "Lesser loads" because of the lobbing or rain-bow trajectory . Plays hell on my scope settings . I'm not totally new to reloads , but am new to the 45/70,s.

Tell me more about the "Hot-loads" and what is necessary..! Or , sources of data , books , links , etc...!
Would the (Lyman's cast bullet hand-book) be one of the sources.?


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Old 03-17-2013, 06:32 PM   #14
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Well , according to the Hodgdon data center , just about all the loads are well over the 1500 vel...? So gas check would be an absolute..?

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im trying to find some loads for the 45-70 but in my book it only has it for the trapdoor, marlin GG, and ruger #1's. do you guys know where i could find data to use in the buffalo classic h&r?

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The use of gas checks really depends on slugging the barrel, so to know what exact bullet resizer you need. You can find out how to slug a barrel by going on YouTube and searching. Once after that I would make one cast bullet reload and fire it through you rifle. Then check your barrel for leading. If no leading then no gas check is need. If just a little bit of leading at the last say inch of the barrel then you need to use a gas check. If a lot of leading accrued then it could be a few problems, ie cast bullet hardness is too soft, you slugged the barrel wrong so the resized cast bullet is wrong, or your you are just using a over pressured round which you just need to check the base of the brass for a crater effect of the primer, primer maybe coming out of the primer pocket, or any blackening of the base of the cartridge, so all you have to do is back off on your powder load or check to make sure you collective overall length is correct. I do have to say casting you own bullets really is a work of art an death hahaha.

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In my opinion the H&R 45-70 rifle should use the "Trapdoor" loads only. The loads listed for the Ruger, Mdl. 86 are very high pressure. The H&R standing breech system is far too weak for those loads.

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Back to research and reading , and no , I got no "death Wish" ..!

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looks like a bit of equipment to start making your own bullets. im going to see if i can find the lyman casting book this weekend at the gun show!

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