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It's a great rifle. I almost bought one in 45-70 since I am a habitual re-loader. Heck, I just like to cast the bullets...
 

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As a reloader I tend to give the 45-70 a real break. Most of the rounds sold at the sporting goods store are probably not fully loaded. Their reasoning is simple. There are lots of 45-70 rifles still loose in the world that do not have receivers that us "modern boys" have.

Heck, I've seen barrels that were made by wrapping the steel around a big, solid bolt.

Then again, shooting is fun. And if I have to put fewer grains into the brass it's still a nice day out in the sun with a buddy!
 

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I don't know. Perhaps a 22-250 or even a .222 Rem. for cheaper plinking.
 
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