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Posted: October 07 2017 at 11:29pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

This weekend is the pre-rut antlerless season Kansas started doing a few years ago. Since my muzzle loader season was a bust, and I haven't started with the crossbow yet, it was a good time to be out and put some meat in the freezer. Glad to have had my oldest son here to help get the deer back to the truck. I killed two this time last year, much farther from the truck and it rougher terrain and seriously thought I was gonna die getting them back. Rifle is a little H&R that is more accurate than it has a right to be. Load was one of my dad's Lyman 457122s and 30 grains of 5744which is well within Trapdoor levels but still went all the way through her chest lengthwise and kept on going.

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Posted: October 08 2017 at 3:22am | IP Logged Quote M700

Well, congratulations!

I'd expect a 45/70 to do a fine job on game.

Good shooting.

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Way to go, Rich!
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Thanks. Gonna cut and grind meat today, but I doubt I'll finish it up today.

Gotta call Dad and tell him his bullet did the job. I really wanted to use one of his instead of mine this year.

My honey hole tree stand is down by the water of the big lake here. I spent the morning in it and had several come through, but I was armed with a .45 Colt Ruger Blackhawk and even though shots were close, none stopped long enough, were obscured by brush, etc. But while I was sitting there, several big formations of Canada geese flew over me inside of shotgun range, and would likely have fallen over land if shot. Never been a waterfowl hunter, but would it be weird to hunt geese from a tree stand

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YUMM MEAT ! Congrats

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Looks good. Nicely done!

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The kid I hunt with used my Ruger #3 in 45-70, 265 gr bullet I mold. The 5 point buck did run, about 50-60 yds with a hole you wouldn't believe in the heart/lung area.
Sometimes they drop on the spot and other times it seems they have life even when there DOA....

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Posted: October 08 2017 at 5:53pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

This one didn't make it anywhere near 50 yards, but did stay on her feet a few seconds.

Dad had no interest in terminal performance of his cast bullets and had plenty of linotype and such. That bullet was cast real hard, and I highly doubt it upset or expanded at all on it's way through. If it hadn't had a flat nose, I wouldn't have used it. It still made big holes and penetrated deep even though I'm guessing it was only going 1300-1400 FPS.

I'm liking the .45-70. SO far, my casting has been a Saeco 300 grain and the Lee 340 grain flat points, both of which do fine. I have the Lyman 457193, nominally 405 grain flat point which I haven't cast with yet, but I suspect that will be a better hunting bullet.

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Posted: October 09 2017 at 4:49am | IP Logged Quote M700

When they start out at .45 cal... expansion isn't really necessary!

Glad you got your deer!

I'm starting to miss having a .45/70 around. Hunted with a Marlin for a number of years, then got rid of it in 2008 or 2009 and switched over to the .375 being my "big" rifle.

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