opinions on .45-70 for deer?

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opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby GomerPyle » Thu Jul 25, 2013 1:21 pm

I'm looking at getting a single shot .45-70 to use for deer when I'm hunting in heavy brush. specifically, looking at the NEF/H&R handi-rifles, since I've had good luck with them in smaller calibers. anyone use .45-70 on deer? how does it perform? are you a fan?
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby RustyGunz1960 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 6:53 am

I had a buddy who took deer every year with his Ruger single shot in .45-70. He loved the cartridge. I'm sure you will get people who will say you should go with with a more "modern" caliber but this one will do the job just fine. I'm a fan of classic calibers and guns myself and would love to get a lever gun in .45-70 someday.
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby blackduck_killer » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:18 pm

.45-70 is a great short range round for all of NA. If you handload you can make rounds capable of harvesting everything from mice to hippo if you felt so inclined.
I'll say this about the NEF/ H&R they kick like a bugger at least the .444 marlin model I tried did, I imagine the .45-70 is capable of similar recoil.
I say go to it and enjoy.
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby 0321Tony » Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:08 am

If you are only shooting deer or deer size animals I'd opt for the 30-30. It's a lot less punishing and still got to 200yds. My wife shoots black bears over bait with one and it does a great job with a lot less kick

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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby ksfowler166 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 2:33 pm

For heavy brush I would think a 44mag lever gun would be an excellent choice. Shotgun slugs would also be a good choice.
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby BurnettGunner » Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:52 am

I have a .444 I have used on deer and bear. Make sure you use a jacketed ammunition like Buffalo Bore. I have shot a deer with one of those rapidly expanding Hornady's and it literally blew it up. There was nothing left of the internals but a soupy brown mixture. It was pretty disgusting really.
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby Force Fetch » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:04 pm

Why not, all the rifle you will ever need in NA.
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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby d_hunter12 » Thu Jul 10, 2014 1:52 pm

I use a 45-70 here in MS for our primitive weapon season. With practice, it is a very reliable 200yd gun. And it is deadly in deer and hogs! I've yet to shoot anything that lived to tell about it. Hell, nothing has taken another step after I've connected. Recoil is stout, but manageable. I shoot hornady lever evolutions and they are mean jack!


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Re: opinions on .45-70 for deer?

Postby blackrock » Fri Jul 11, 2014 12:16 am

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Big medicine. With modern ammo like Lever Evolutuon you can reach 150-200 yards. As stated the Buffalo Bore ammo is supposed to be boss. I haven't shot anything with this new one, but we have used a Marlin. .444 lever for the brush doggie guy for years. Whales on big mule deer.
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