I have a Ruger #1 in 45/70.It is an excellent rifle.I think that the 22 inch barrell is enough for good ballistics since the 45/70 does not rely on high velocity for stopping power.However I wish that the Ruger #1 rifles had longer barrels.
In my #3 Ruger I found that 22" is more than enough for total powder burn and is right easy carrying in the woods.Bought that rifle from a hunter who said it cost him his Elk!Shot seven times at the Elk and it didn't drop.Well he shot the Elk in the paunch at 150yards twice and I finished it off after six hours of tracking with a single shot from my 375H&H #1 Ruger.I sold him a Remington 700adl 7mmRem Mag with a K-4 Weaver.He came back the next year and got his Bull opener morning with a single shot from 275yards.He had trouble with the 45/70 handloads he shot because of the excessive recoil.I found it to be no problem but I didn't care for my dads 300WBY because the way it rocked me.To each his own.
I see that T/C has a 16 1/4" 45-70 barrel for their Contender carbine. Is 16" long enough to get acceptable velocity? Has anyone had any experience with one of these? It's ported to reduce recoil, which should help with this 6 lb rifle. It would make a handy brush rifle.
22" is more than enough. I hunt with a 15" Contender .45-70 and get 1890 fps with a Barnes 300 gr. X bullet. It flattens deer like Thor's hammer. In my No. 1 I am getting over 1800 fps with a 450 gr. LBT LFNGC bullet. Oh yes, 22" is quite enough.
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