45-70's have done the big 5 and elephants. buffalo bore makes some really good hardcast solids that will do wonders on bear or moose
Originally Posted by SoCOgunner92
Hi all, new to the forum! So far I have found lots of useful info. I just sold my ak-47 for a nice profit and wound up buying another toy... A Marlin 1895SS Guide gun in 45-70. In the summer I usually camp where the animals can turn out not so friendly, and this gun will be my new camping/hunting rifle. I reload my own ammo but until I can cough up the dough for a die set I figured I would gather info on what some great backwood loads are? What do you use? Are they safe loads in a Marlin? And do they have knockdown for angry black bears? Info and stories are all welcome! Thanks a ton!
i would suggest springing for a bear proof ejector from wild west guns and one of their aluminum followers to replace that sheap plastic follower. they tend to shatter in cold weather under stiff recoil locking your feed tube solid.
the xs ghostring sights with rail is a fantastic addon. allows the use of qd mounts for optics and still retain reallllly good irons
here is my 1895gbl ignore the acog i put it on there as a joke they arent usable on a lever gun
the round there is using a 350 grain hornady soft point. i typically use 405 grain hardcast flatpoints. VERY accurate bullet in my rifle. 350 grain is a little light for great accuracy but usable for deer or bear.
Originally Posted by mountainman13
12-14 grains of unique seems to be a popular load of course you could always use bp.
unique is a very fast pistol powder not a good idea in a rifle cartridge. in the 45-70 14 grains of unique is verrrrry dangerous as it doesnt fill much of the case and can easily cause detonation.