45/70 in a sharps

Discussion in 'The Ammo & Reloading Forum' started by slk, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. slk

    slk New Member

    Feb 17, 2010
    What would the best cartarige be for hunting with a 45/70 in a sharps type rifle with a 34" barrel. Also what would be the economical way to target shoot with these guns. I do reload most of my other calibers, but what is the best combination to reload for these.

  2. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    500 gr bullet or heavier at not more than 1400 fps. Blackpowder or a substitute would be ideal. if you do decide to use smokeless, load with trailboss or XMP5744, and stick with trapdoor level loads. The .45/70 will propel a 500 gr bullet through 2 bull elk and probably still end up in the dirt on the other side of the second bull at 1400 fps so theres no need to hotrod them.

  3. oldreliable45120

    oldreliable45120 New Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    I have a C.Sharps in 45-120 and I use a 600 gr paper patch bullet,or 535 gr postell.I have use the postell with some heavy doses of smokless. If its a Shiloh or a C. Sharps it will be fine with mid to heavy smokless powder. just give the Mfr a call to make sure. With that said IMR-4198 always gave me good results in my 45-70 Rolling blocks with 300 gr HP or the Lee 500 grain pointed bullet. It has lg grease groves the holds plenty of lube
  4. quigleysharps4570

    quigleysharps4570 Active Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Still interested in some smokeless or blackpowder loads?
  5. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Former Guest

    Jun 26, 2010
    On the economic side of things, Berry's has 45-70 350gr RS plated bullets that are pretty good if you're not into messing with lead molds. Picked up a bunch of them at Cabela's when they had a 20% off reloading components sale on memorial day.

    Just don't push them too fast, and they're great for target shooting.
  6. Steve E

    Steve E New Member

    Jul 2, 2010
    South Central Missouri
    I have a 45/70 Sharps and Rolling Block and both of them shoot fairly well with a Lyman 475 gr. bullet(cast from Wheel Weight) over 26 gr. of XMP5744 for fantastic accuracy out to 300 yds so far and it is easy shooting to the shoulder.

    Steve E.........
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