View Full Version : First time hunter here...

Lever Action Man
April 26, 2007, 08:53 PM
I've never hunted Elk before and I have a question on the bullet requirements for all you great hunters. The rules for centerfire rifle on bullets used says we must use expanding bullets. I'm assuming LFP for my .45-70 is out of the question or is it? I would appreciate your comments.:rolleyes:

April 26, 2007, 09:05 PM
I would guess that will work very well on elk. I'm no expert, but if it will kill a buffalo, surely an elk would be no problem.

Fat White Boy
April 26, 2007, 09:32 PM
Not a problem....

Lever Action Man
April 26, 2007, 09:45 PM
appreciate the comments guys. But I was curious about the rule of using an expanding bullet for hunting. Does this mean you can use anything but ball round?

April 26, 2007, 10:25 PM
Most States require an expanding bullet to hunt game with. This generally means no Full Metal Jacket military ammunition or Copper Solids like what is used in an African dangerous game hunts. I think even a hard cast lead bullet would qualify as an expanding bullet.

Lever Action Man
April 26, 2007, 10:27 PM
Thanks taylorce1

April 26, 2007, 10:41 PM
I imagine a soft lead bullet would mushroom nicely on such a large animal.

April 26, 2007, 11:26 PM
In Montana there are no caliber or ammunition restrictions other than you cannot use exploding projectiles. So let you concience be your guide and have at it. People commonly shoot at elk with 30-30's, not saying that is the best choice but it for the most part works. The 45-70 is way more powerful than that. I know people who shoot elk with .54 cal muzzelloader and a minnie ball. Know your own limits and hit what your shooting at.

April 27, 2007, 08:28 PM
If you get close enough the .45-70 will really knock an Elk down with authority. Any bullet you can find for a .45-70 will be legal to hunt with becuase im pretty sure the surplus supply has dried up. The only limitation you have is range. Knkow the limitations of the rifle and youll have a great hunt.

Dave Haven
April 27, 2007, 09:39 PM
Any bullet you can find for a .45-70 will be legal to hunt with becuase im pretty sure the surplus supply has dried up. Wiping beer off my monitor... :D

April 27, 2007, 10:15 PM
Jacketed soft points give deep penetration, but expand at velocities over ~ 1300fps, I believe. They are a compromise between jacketed hollow points and hard cast solids in terms of the expansion/penetration tradeoff.