Re: Can't decide which 45-70 to get.
My buddy bought a standard Marlin 95 in .45-70 and did a lot of research on loading for them.
Most factory loads are loaded down a little bit so people don't blow up their old trap doors.
The lever Marlins can be loaded up a little more, and the Ruger #1 can be loaded up even higher.
In fact many manuals list at least two different sections for the .45-70..."normal" (40,000cup) for the Marlins and "heavy" (50,000 cup)for only the Rugers...and my 1980 Hornady manual has THREE pages, another lower power one (25,000 cup) for Trap Doors, other replicas, AND the H&R Shikari, which I think is the earlier version of the H&R you were looking at...
The .45-70 sections are in fact labeled '.45-70 (Trap Door,)" ".45-70 (1895)" and ".45-70 (Ruger.)"
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Last edited by polishshooter; 09-25-2012 at 08:17 PM..