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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
The 45-70 is adequate for deer, but not a good choice for deer. the energy is lower than an '06 with a 180 grain bullet in the '06. But the recoil is 35% greater. And I'm talking the low loaded factory, not P+ or heavy handloads. Most hunters can't shoot the heavy recoil of the '06 180grain with any great accuracy...so the added recoil works agains them on accuracy.
Deer are very, very easy to kill animals...so I doubt the 45-70 with its 300-405 grain bullet is really needed at all.
If one wants a PA deer lever rifle with a large bullet, the 44 mag and the 444 are probably better than the 45-70.
One thing about really 'hunting' in PA, it is hilly and every 45-70 I've shot are heavy rifles. Some puffing carrying alday up hills?
But if a person wants a BIG bore the 45-70 will ceertainly kill a deer in PA. I once used my 416 mag on a PA deer, and it has more than 3 times the energy of the 45-70. Not a perfect deer rifle, but it will work!