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Old December 6, 2000, 10:29 PM   #1
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i have a marlin guide gun, and i am looking for a plinking load (someting soft on the shoulder) for practiceing with on the 50 yard range.
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Old December 6, 2000, 11:49 PM   #2
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A 300 grain Oregon Trail lead FP over 25 grains of 2400. Very light and extremely accurate.

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Old December 7, 2000, 01:11 AM   #3
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I have an 1895SS. I have had pretty good results with just about all of the "reduced" loads. I have to admit that a light load is a subjective thing. Compared to the full strength loads they are not as painfull, but they still pack a little punch. All things said I like them, and for 50 yds, they are great. I'd suggest finding a reduced load for whatever youi have lieing around. at 50 yards accuracy is not really a big deal. Heck a 1" group is almost three shots touching. Just plink away & enjoy. I'd go with a cast bullet to save some $$. My latest batch is 38.6 of H4895 undar a 405 grain cast bullet. Shoots pretty well and doesn't beat you to death. I took the scope off so 50-100 yards is all I would shoot it at anyway.
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Old December 7, 2000, 06:33 AM   #4
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Tap,
I got ahold of the reloading techs at Sierra and told them I wanted the same thing you do, a light, accurate, and fun to shoot load for my 14" Contender barrel in 45-70 using Remington 300gr JHP's.
They told me to use Unique and start at 13.5grs and work my up in 1/2gr increments from there.
I made up five loads of five rounds each and shot them off of bags at 100yds with a Simmons Gold Medal 2.5x7 pistol scope mounted on the barrel.
The load it really liked was 15.5grs and I had one large jagged hole at 100yds.
I was really impressed with the accuracy and it made the 45-70 Contender fun to shoot for extended periods.
I don't own a chrony so I can't tell you how fast the 15.5gr load is moving but Sierra did estimate the 13.5gr load would be moving right at 1100fps out of my 14" barrel.
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Old December 7, 2000, 09:32 AM   #5
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Go to http://www.sixgunner.com and find Paco Kelly's recent article on Bullseye powder. IIRC, theres a section in the article where he talks about a load for the 45-70 using that powder that is nearly silent. I would assume that it's soft shooting to the extreme. You might also check out his other articles on the 45-70 as well. While he is a max power fan, he does like light loads for special purposes.

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Old December 7, 2000, 01:45 PM   #6
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Nothing is silent from a Guide Gun.........

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Old December 7, 2000, 02:53 PM   #7
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Never said it was silent from the guide gun, said the load is a supposedly silent 45-70 load. Anyway, your post made me go back and check the exact language of the article. To my horror, I realized that it didn't mention Bullseye in the 45-70, it mentions Bullseye under Black Powder for the 45-90. He also mentions a silent load using Bullseye in the 6.5x55mm. I think that is what I was thinking about.

Here's the article if you're interested: http://www.sixgunner.com/paco/pprofile11.htm

Sorry for the confusion,
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