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Monday, 18 May 2015

.45"-70 Government On Range:

The .45-70 rifle cartridge may also be called .45-70-405 - referring to its 405 grain lead bullet, dates from 1873 and looks very impressive when seen on a pistol range.

It is said to push-out double the power level of most .44 Magnum loads - and its approx. 400gn load has got my attention for sure. - That's a BIG lump of lead.

- I know this because cobber "Cutters" showed-up with his new purchase in this calibre, a cut-down Marlin 1895 and set about steadily whacking down range targets with his 340 grain lead hand-loaded cartridges at 1125 ft.per.sec. - Driven by 14 grains of  Australian IMR 'Trailboss' powder.

Naah - That's not Cutters - but it's a better look eh.

This is a long-range capable cartridge - but you'd really need to know your ranges and sight settings to hit anything - as this "big mother" has a trajectory like a cannon-ball. They do actually make handguns for the .45-70 Government cartridge (both Thompson Contenders & Magnum Research Revolvers) and even with a 14 inch barrel you can get that 400 grain slug moving at over 2000 foot per second !

Magnum Research .45-70 Revolver.

Originally used in Springfield Trapdoor rifles and carbines - there were also issued wooden birdshot load cartridges - meant for soldiers to use to hunt extra rations to supplement their field diet.

Life is good,

Marty K.