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Old 02-19-2012, 06:16 PM
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Nickel plated 45-70 brass?

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I'm seriously considering a Ruger no. 1 45-70 and will be loading the 250 Barnes HOT (52k psi) and my oldest son wants a lever action 45-70 which obviously cant handle the no. 1 loads (would be loading the lever rounds to low 40s psi). So I was thinking just for safety, does anyone offer nickel plated brass in 45-70? If so that would assure never mixing up ammo.

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Old 02-19-2012, 07:12 PM
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starline offers .45-70 brass nickel plated. it is available at
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:38 AM
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If you could, I would load the Ruger No 1 ammo to be too long to function in the lever gun.

Or, try the lever gun loads in the Ruger first. They might be all you want, anyway....

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Old 02-22-2012, 04:42 PM
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You could also use pointy bullets in the #1 instead of flat nose bullets like those needed for the tubular magazine. That would be an easy way to tell them apart.

I have some nickel plated 45-70 brass I use for hunting loads. They don't tarnish or corrode like the brass cases when stored in the leather belt caddy.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:20 PM
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Depending on the amount of shooting involved, I would shy away from nickle brass. They are considerably tougher on the sizing dies from my experience. Guess I would try some other way to tell them apart like what was suggested above.
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