Deer Camp Blog

Deer Camp Blog- the outdoor column of The Bodock Times- (a satirical periodical) Humor and Hunting at the famous Christmas Place Plantation Hunting Club on the edge of the Mississippi Delta

Google
 

Thursday, August 23, 2007

45-70 Rifles


They have changed the laws in Mississippi, so that now any single shot rifle over a .35 caliber can be used during primitive weapons season. Muzzleloaders are still to be used on government land but on private land you can use them. Old Scratch and I have invested in 2 new 45/70 caliber H&R single shot rifles. Should be an interesting hunt during the rut.

15 Comments:

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I bought one of those H&R 45-70's for myself. I really like it. I'm getting ready to mount a 3x9 scope on it.

The 350 grain winchester hollowpoints were very accurate but beat the living crap out of my shoulder in such a light rifle.

Right now I'm working up loads with a 405 grain solid, it's hard to find powder that burns efficently in such a large case.

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Editor said...

we need scopes too, something short and inexpensive. shots will be not over 100 yards, 30 yards is the norm.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger GUYK said...

45-70s.DAMN thats a buffalo caliber and a 405 lead is enough for a griz..but it ought to be one heck of a brush cutter.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger deerslayer said...

Well fella's this is where I come into play. I can already tell you that that old 45-70 is more gun than you need for deer and if you shoot at one running you'll have to shoot 16 feet in front of him to kill him cause the bullet is that slow.you need to check all the ballistics on these guns and as Hammer is doing test your rifle with different bullets then do the same with your powder till you find the right combination. As for your scope probably the cheapest you'll find is a Tasco 3x9x32 which can be bought at any Wal-mart sporting goods counter.All I can say is that with all the test firing you'll be doing I hope you have a cheap doctor or a full bottle of hard liquor around and handy and good luck hunting. The ballistics on the gun will really help alot.

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous old scratch said...

Man, is that my picture. I thought it was some middle aged man. Wait, I am middle aged. I guess I'm living proof that if your born ugly it usually doesn't get any better as you get older

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Editor said...

in your case, no it doesn't.

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Davin said...

Rex,
I bought a NEF handi rifle last year in the 45-70 and let me make a couple of suggestions to you.First get a scope with plenty of eye relief (6 inch relief by Bushnell in the Dusk and Dawn shotgun scope),Norma lever action ammo (very hard to find) puts out 2000 fps and a little more distance.For your scope get raised rings so hammer will clear and don't forget the hammer extension.The most important thing is take a couple of snorts from a peach brandy bottle to ease the kick!
Davin

 
At 1:25 PM, Blogger Editor said...

Davin, which weekend are you going to round up your hooligans and go to camp with us to check it out?

 
At 3:09 PM, Anonymous robert said...

I heard about the new law being passed in MISS. I cut my teeth up here in CT using 12 gauge slugs to hunt deer and must say the .45/70 can be more pleasant to shoot. My shoulder starts to twitch just thinking about 12 gauge slugs. Make sure you're buckled in if you are hunting from a tree stand.

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous mailrider said...

Those are two good looking guns old scratch is holding. Must of been a damn good man to locate those for you. Wish I knew him!!

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello I had a nef in 45-70 took lead and weighted it down to 10 or 11.lbs shoots a whole lot better and very accurate with 420 grain reloads.

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger old duke said...

Im from North Dakota and just shot my first buck and doe with my H&R Whitetail Unlimited Edition 45-70. I dropped the buck from 55 yards out hitting it in the neck. It only made it about 10 feet. The doe was shot in the lungs it didnt make it far either. I was using a 405 grain bullit with open sites. I have 21 guns and my 45-70 is one of my favorites.

 
At 1:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also own one of these jewels. Just about everything i read is true. You need a stiff drink and plenty of eye relief. I killed 2 deer with mine last year and they both ran off, no problem with the blood trail, but they ran off none the less. I would have thought they would have dropped in their tracks. After much research i see why. A good gun for shorter range, plus the fact you can shoot it instead of a muzzeloader in La, but i wouldnt want to shoot a Bear with it !!!

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger John said...

I shoot a HR Buffalo Clasic 45 70 and a Marlin 45 70 and shoot a 405 grain bullet at 1800 FPS out of the muzzel.

I shoot wild hogs, deer and other large game. The 45 70 Kills on the spot and I don't have spend a lot of time looking for the animal.

Most of my shots are out to 150 yrds. But I have killed thangs out to 250 yds.

I love the HR Buffalo Clasic, and I like the Marlin.

 
At 1:54 AM, Anonymous BIGDAVE54 said...

I bought one this morning at an Academy Sports store in SC. I have been looking at them for over a year and thought if Idon't buy it now ..I might not ever get a chance to buy one because the H&R plant in Gardner,Mass. got bought out and shut down.Remington bought them and moved their production to Ilium,NY. I feel sad for the little town in Mass. Gardner was known for two businesses nationwide.The H&R gun plant and Simplex fire alarms and time recorder. A private family(The Watkins) used to own Simplex,but sold to Tyco Corp. a few years ago. Tyco shut down and or sold about all production there and moved it to China. There is a special place in Hell for CEOs that do that...The lil town has it tough now.BTW their big ceo is the guy that was sent to priison a few years back that bought the $16,000 shower curtain...

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home