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Old 04-17-2012, 14:55   #1
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Acquired a Browning 1886 SRC in .45-70 and asking if anyone has experience what bullet and powder works good, especially a cast bullet.
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I shoot a 350 or 405 grain LaserCast over 14 grains of Unique for about 1350 FPS for the 350gr. and 1275 for the 405. It is easy on the shoulder and will penetrate about 4 feet of animal which will easily take anything in North America. Heavier bullets and higher velocity will not kill game any deader, just hurt the shooter more. I am not into self abuse.
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You can't go wrong with IMR 3031 and about 40 grains of powder under a 330 gr slug like the lyman 457122 hollowpoint.

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Thanks a bunch! That Unique load interests me very much. Will try it.
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Originally Posted by larryp View Post
You can't go wrong with IMR 3031 and about 40 grains of powder under a 330 gr slug like the lyman 457122 hollowpoint.
+ 1 on that load , good call Larry.
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Originally Posted by larryp View Post
You can't go wrong with IMR 3031 and about 40 grains of powder under a 330 gr slug like the lyman 457122 hollowpoint.
What is the advantage of a hollow point bullet in a slow moving 45 cal. bullet? A wide meplat will do the same thing.
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A cast hollowpoint like the one mentioned will still expand even at the lower velocities of a 45-70 giving an even larger frontal area than a large meplat. The Lyman 457122 has a proven track record on deer and elk and the lower weight gives mild recoil.
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