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Old February 26, 2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Any one have any good loads for 50-70?

I have an old original rolling block in 50-70 and was wondering if anyone has any good loads as to reloading for this caliber. I have plenty of BP but was wondering on any smokeless powder loads that are down to the BP standards? I appreciate any info you can give. I have brass, and even the bullet mold for it. It is a Springfield marked remington rolling block. Also any ideas as to where to buy a repro sling that is period correct and a cleaning rod for it as well?

Like I said, any ifo/ideas/help is appreciated.
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Old February 27, 2010, 05:36 AM   #2
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I always used to use from 40 to 46 grains of 3031 in the remingtons. last restort use the same loads as for a 45-70 in the remingtons.
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Old March 17, 2010, 12:33 PM   #3
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I have a old sharps in 50-70 that I would like to shoot with smokeless powder. Do you loads you would be willing to pass on?
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Old March 17, 2010, 03:06 PM   #4
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I recommend studying up on black powder loading - compressed powder charge and proper lube - to not rough up those old guns. A Rolling Block has a long reputation for strength but that is by black powder standards. I have seen pictures of rollers demolished by bad loads and bad gunsmithing, and they were very dangerous looking.

Also, that Springfield is an early gun and worth a good deal of money if not cut down or beat up.
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Old March 17, 2010, 03:17 PM   #5
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Sometimes I wonder....

When I was a kid, a friend of mine had an old 45-70. He shot .410 shotgun shells with it.

Sometimes I wonder how I ever made it past the age of 14.....

Then at twenty I joined the Navy and I realized I had died and gone to heaven.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. Thomas Jefferson
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