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Old 06-26-2011, 03:07 PM
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Recoil sensitive .45-70 lite load or .243?

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I am thinking about trying a 405g LFN loaded with 12.5g of trail boss for deer hunting this year. The load shoots with acceptable accuracy for the range we are going to hunt at from my 1895g. I was able to keep 2.5 inch groups at 50 yards. Our feeder is set up 25 yards away from our blind. I want to get it on the crono first it should be in the 900-1000fps range. I am looking for a lite load to take my girlfriend hunting she asked me to take her this year. She is recoil sensitive. She shot my .1895G today with this load and she seemed to enjoy it. Should I let her use this gun with this load or would I be better off buying a .243 and try that rout?
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:46 PM
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You just as soon use the factory Remington 300 or 405 grain loads. I shot the 300's way back when I first bought my 1886 Browning in 1992. That stuff was like shootin 22 LR's. That was the first and last factory fodder I ever shot in it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:23 PM
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It ought to work just great. Let us know.....

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Old 06-29-2011, 03:22 AM
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At 25 yds it wouldn't make a lot of difference either way.

I have owned a .243 of some kind for 40 years. I've shot mule deer, whitetails and antelope with the cartridge, mostly with Hornady 100gr SP's, for a while I used Nosler Partitions. I rate it as an OK medium game cartridge.

On the other hand, I've also shot a fair pile of deer with a BP frontloader, shooting patched ball, and Remington and T/C slugs at about that same velocity. As dropping game quickly is critical for beginners, I'g go with the .45-70 and a mild load. The .243 gets 'em donw reliably, but not quickly most of the time.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:21 PM
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45-70 with your loads
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:19 PM
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,,,,,,do you think she will feel the recoil when she is looking through the scope at a animal she shoots?
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Old 08-02-2011, 05:31 PM
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She already shot it and is OK with it, so stay with the 45-70, IMO, if she was accurate with it. It will do just fine at 25 yards. 243 velocities are better much farther out.
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