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Well, here is my first loading since I have been home for the 45-70. I have two bullets I am going to try out this year. One is the 300gr Partition, I got some H4198 for it and used that, along with WW cases and CCI BR2's. Looking at the Hodgdon online data for the 1895 45-70 you can get nearly 2400FPS out of the 300's. I would think the 300gr PT would be dynamite on big stuff like elk, and even if the front shredded off, you would still have that monster core to drive really deep, and most probably exit from anything outside of an elephant. Plus, the more speed I can get out of it, helps with a longer shot if I am presented. Here is a picture of the loaded round. Pretty impressive.

The next bullet on the slate was the 425gr Piledriver Jr from Beartooth bullets. These are supposed to be the bomb, and I am not sure I will find something worthy of using them, but man oh man, do they look like dinosaur killers. I used H322 for those. If any of you all want some very nice cast bullets, these are it. They come highly recommended and seem like they would be awesome on about anything that walks on this continent, to include BIG bears. Looking over the data, it seems like it is entirely possible to get 1800-2000FPS out of them. That seems like some really serious horsepower. Anyhow, here is a picture of them loaded up.

I am going to run them both over the chrono later this week and hopefully I can find a winner out of the bunch I have loaded. I don't see any issues though, my Guide Gun seems to be pretty accurate and during break in, it had a few 1" groups with the 400gr Speers and full tilt loads of IMR4198. Looking forward to really giving it a workout. Scotty
 

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"Bad Joke Friday" Dan (moderator emeritus)
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interesting information and yes, please let us know your results. I used H322 for the Beartooth 525gr. pile driver with good results.

Dan
 
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