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Old October 6, 2008, 02:34 PM   #1
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May be a stupid question...but sincere

I was wondering if you could use a 45-70 rifle bullet, in a .50 caliber ML sabot.
Would it fit, and would it shoot right? Any one ever tried?

I had a guy give me a box of Barnes 45-70 bullets at 300 grains, and I was just wondering if I could use them, but thought I would ask first. Sure are expensive bullets to let go to waste, and I don't own a 45-70.
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Old October 6, 2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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I imagine they would work.
Do you know the caliber, to the thousands of an inch?
Find a sabot that would fit I bet they would work.
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Old October 6, 2008, 05:46 PM   #3
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45-70 bullets have a .458 diameter, and MMP does make an orange sabot designed to shoot .457-.458 bullets.
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Old October 9, 2008, 07:36 AM   #4
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Never a stupid question, unless it is one

But this one is not. I agree with the others. Sabots are designed to allow the use of smaller caliber bullets in larger caliber guns. If you can find one to fit, it should work. The thing is that you would also have to shoot a few of those expensive bullets to figure out what your gun is really going to like in terms of a powder load for it.

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Old October 9, 2008, 05:48 PM   #5
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Articap has it right. The 45-70 bullets have a .458 diameter. The Orange sabots are made for .451 bullets for the 45 ACP, 45 Colt pistol bullets. I think you might have a hard time getting them down the barrel. If you want to use those bullets you might look into Paper Patching them. However Paper Patching usually involves all lead bullets. I'm assuming they are jacketed bullets.

Next best thing might be to swap them for some .018" lubed patches and .490" roundballs.
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