45-70 in a new old style gun
The mods. may want to move this to the reloading forum... It's kinda half and half.
So I have a Pedersoli Sharps reproduction that I find an absolute blast to shoot. Problem lately is either no one has ammo or they want $50 a box. I finally got set up to reload last winter, I saved all my brass, so I guess it's time to buy some 45-70 dies.
Here's where the trouble begins.
I looked up online for loading data and found references to "trapdoor", "lever" and "modern" rifles. I understand what they're doing with the Trapdoor loads, as they were designed to shoot black powder. Question is since this gun is new manufacture(i've had it for about 10 years) can I get away with full power loads, even though it's an old design. My thought was that action is built like a brick outhouse, you could probably throw some +P loads in it and it wouldn't flinch(although I might). I've had good luck with the Remington 300gr HP hunting, but they pattern like a shotgun. I'd like to work up something a little stouter, maybe with the Hornady FTX, but I don't want to blow this beautiful gun to kingdom come. Thoughts?
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