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Just picked up a new Marlin 1895 Trapper.

Have loaded a bunch of the 300gr Nosler Ballistic Silvertips for my son's 45-70. Want to save those for his rifle.

I am looking for another bullet to load and call my own. cool Not going to go the cast bullet route. Do not need top of the line, but something that will work on deer if called upon.

What says everyone?

Have done a little looking but would like to hear from those who have BTDT.

Hornady InterLock 300-350gr FP or RN? or ?????


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I load the 300 Hornady for my son’s 45-70 with H322 or I4895. It works well for deer.

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I've had good results with the Hornady 350 grn FN using I-4198 on both deer and elk. I've only recovered one:



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I shot a decent size bear using a 350 gn soft point PMC ammo. I don't think it's available anymore.
I have taken 3 deer using both Federal & Winchester factory with 300gn bullet
and a coyote. Only bullet recovered was from the coyote, only because it hit a tree branch behind him and deflected into the ground. I just happen to see the bark peeled off of the pine branch and a small divit in the ground below it.

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Originally Posted by himmelrr
I load the 300 Hornady for my son’s 45-70 with H322 or I4895. It works well for deer.

Good advice there, and I'll add either IMR or H 4198 as recommended powders, the IMR giving slightly better accuracy in my rifle, though H322 is most accurate.

Keep it south of 1900 fps and you'll have no issues, if you go faster expect some excessive meat loss. I've run them up to 2200 fps, they'll hold together but again, expect some jelly. Kicked, too!

The best bullet, though not available right now, is the 300 grain Speer Unicor, now called the Plinker. They are not as destructive as the Hornady at 2200 fps.

But, the Hornady has a huge advantage of being available.

The Sierra was about the same as the Hornady, and I have not used the Nosler. Nor any 350 and up Jacketed, using cast in those weights

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250 and 300 grain Barnes TSX flat point.
I shot the 250 TSX full tilt with H4198 from a 1895 SBL Remlin. It would stack them in one hole at 100 yards.

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380gn Lehigh WFN.

305gn Lehigh Penetrator.

Works well for...anything.


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Thanks for the replies.

Do not plan on hot rodding this at all. Goal for this rifle is to have fun plinking and take it out deer hunting.

The last few deer I have shot in the Black Hills have been under 50 yards. This rifle should not handicap me at all at those ranges.


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I have shot several deer with the Speer 300 jhp. Really just a di.e not a full hollow point. I drive them at full.power for Marlins. No second shots or tracking needed

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For deer and plinking I'd probably choose one of the 300 gr bullets that have been recommended. So far I have only shot the 300 grainers at paper. I've used the Hornady 350 FP on a black bear - worked fine. I've used the 400 gr Speer (hard to find now) on several black bears and a cow elk - worked fine. My brother favors the 405 gr Remington (also hard to find) on deer - worked fine. Seems like the 45/70 and 450 Marlin work well with most bullets designed for their modest velocities. I have no experience with the Lehighs or TSX's but I'll bet they'd be awesome.


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I don't even know that the 405 Remington is produced anymore, but it was my favorite for elk and I used 3031 powder.I can't see the 45-70 ever being used just for plinking though.


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Originally Posted by saddlesore
I don't even know that the 405 Remington is produced anymore, but it was my favorite for elk and I used 3031 powder.I can't see the 45-70 ever being used just for plinking though.
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You see them turn up on GB and at guns shows from time to time. Like you, I’m not sure if Remington is still producing it. It was always a good bullet. I took a couple does and a bull moose with them. Never recovered any. The wounds indicated good expansion.


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330 Gr Gould HP cast bullet.
Killing things for over a century.

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I use the Hornady 300 gr HP Interlock bullet in my .45-70 Guide Gun and I've killed 1 deer and 4 bear with it all one shot each. The farthest any of those went was a bear that went about 30 yards before piling up. It is a devastating bullet..
If I were to use my .45-70 on something more substantial like moose I would likely opt for the 350 gr RN from Hornady.

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Thanks for all the replies, found some Hornady 300gr HP at Scheels today. If I decide to get serious about bigger stuff, I will certainly look hard at the Hornady 350gr FN or Barnes 300gr TSX.

Don't plan on using cast bullets at this time.


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Pretty much any bullet in the 45-70 will work well on deer


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Pretty much any bullet in the 45-70 will work well on deer"

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There are very many good bullet choices for this caliber.
It all comes down to what you are hunting, the cover you are hunting, the rifle you use, and how much recoil you can stand.


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Why no love for cast bullets? I powdercoat mine and that has made using them 1000% better. I can send you a sampling if you want to give them a chance. PM me.

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No love for the 325 FTX?

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Originally Posted by Dinny
Why no love for cast bullets? I powdercoat mine and that has made using them 1000% better. I can send you a sampling if you want to give them a chance. PM me.

Thanks, Dinny


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