IMHO......if you're tracking.....which you won't be doing if you use this caliber and bullet selection.....is the 45-70 loaded at the minimum load for a 405gr. FPGC bullet. From my Marlin 1895XLR the velocity is 1,567fps.
The farthest any deer had run after the 1st shot was 30 yards. And he was a big buck.
So, it's essentially a bang....down. Just hit 'em in the boiler room.
That's my assumption as well.Steel, I don't think he's talking about blood tracking... he's talking about hunting Benoit style, tracking down a buck in the snow and shooting it.
I agree with you on some points and differ on others. First off I'm 72 years young, and for the most part my days of following the track is done. I'll still do it if it's smoking hot and the deer is getting ready to bed, but my body strength and stamina isn't what it was 20 or heck 10 years ago. I do feel it's the most enjoyable, pure hunting that there is.Honestly, I don't want any of the rifles mentioned for tracking in snow. I'll take whatever rifle that's like an extension of my own arms, topped with a low power variable. For ME, that's my Browning Micro Medallion. It's lighter than all mentioned, has a tang safety that's faster than a hammer gun or a crossbolt safety like on the 7600 due to not having to hardly move your tumb or move your trigger finger, has an infinitely crisper, lighter and more predictable trigger, is shorter and just flat out carries better too. I've carried several 760/7600's over the years, I still carry my Marlins around (444 for bear every year), I've had open sights and peeps. A scope is faster and more accurate almost always. The ONLY time it's not is if it's obscured by something like snow or rain.
I truly enjoy this 16” barrel Ruger gunsite scout in .308 with an extended eye relief 2.75x fixed scope. It’s short enough to grip with the dominant hand and carry muzzle down in several inches of snow without dragging the crown. A scope that far forward on the rifle (although low powered) is as fast to pick up as a red dot. It doesn’t come close to a peep sighted lever gun or pump as far as weight, but that extra pound and a half equals a very sturdy, steady rifle when shouldered. P.S. I did immediately ear tag the deer only seconds after this photo was taken
Why are you using gas checks at such a low velocity?IMHO......if you're tracking.....which you won't be doing if you use this caliber and bullet selection.....is the 45-70 loaded at the minimum load for a 405gr. FPGC bullet. From my Marlin 1895XLR the velocity is 1,567fps.