Well I have wanted a 45/70 for a very long time and will be getting one around/for Xmas, Bday, or Graduation...they are all within 2 weeks of each other so when it arrives determines what its for I guess lol.
It will be used for deer in the 2G big woods where most shots will be under 100yds but 150yds being the most in rare instances, it will also see action during bear season where I typically hunt with the crew a few days and/or set a couple bear travel routes I know of; my hunting area is also inside the extended bear season area which means we can hunt bears all first week of deer rifle so the gun will see TRUE dual purpose hunting in that week.
My plans are for it to be topped with a 2-7x32 Cabelas Shotgun/Muzzleloader scope to keep the weight down but also give me the ability to make the necessary hold over adjustments on those 150 shots when they present themselves. I know the 45/70 has some pretty decent recoil, should I be worried about this scope being "Shotgun/Muzzleloader"? It can withstand even the harshest 3.5" turkey loads, which a 45/70 normally has less recoil depending on load of course, and it is not like it's a air rifle scope....but I still figured I would ask.
From what I have been finding for my desired uses the Remington 405gr. may be the best, I am looking for DRT with minimal meat damage. Any experiences with this bullet or suggestions for other 45/70 factory loads; good, bad, indifferent? I plan to get into reloading after graduation so that is not out of the question, although I know my first shooting sessions will definitely be with factory ammo.
Or any other experiences with the 45/70 in general would be appreciated, I am just a tad stoked to be finally getting a 45/70 so looking for any ideas or experiences.