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I got my Ruger #1 in 45-70 this past fall. I had a lot of good advice from people on this board. I first got the throat lengthened. I like Reloader 7 as my powder right now. As far as a '200' yd bullet I shoot the barnes 400 gr. original spitzer. This bullet and the 400 grain speer are both loaded to just over 2000 fps. I have not shot any game but with the barnes, but I have shot decent (~3 inch) groups at 200 yards. I have yet to run any expansion tests with barnes bullet I will try to do so this month and post the results.

Keep me updated on the Hawk bullets I have thought about them before but chose the barnes original instead.

Post or email me any findings, I am new to the 45-70 as well and look for advice all the time.

Good Luck
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