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Liberty4545:

Hello Everyone,

I am a new member to the Forum and would appreciate any advice. I am loading Hornady 350 grain RN bullets, per data from the Hornady manual, 9th Edition, with 43 grains of 4198. My Caldwell chronograph records a five shot average of 1,870 FPS at 10 feet. Anyway, this load from my unaltered carbine, shoots 10 inches high at 100 yards and 8 inches high at 175 yards, printing a three inch group.  Also load some Oregon trail 405 grain lead bullets with 35 grains, 3031 , but these print 5 inches low at 100 yards- so must flip up  the carbine sight for them to be accurate. Hope to use the Hornady load for Elk hunting this Fall here in Colorado. Do I need a  higher front sight to bring down my group? Any suggestions are appreciated. ???

Sir Charles deMouton-Black:
I had a higher frontsight put on mine. Lever action rifles seem sensitive to load levels. Typically hotter loads shoot lower.

I suggest finding a good "service load" that is effective and accurate for your purposes, then do what you have to do to have it spot on. If for hunting, I expect you will be shooting at various ranges up to about 200 yards. For that, a spot-on sighting in range might be about 150 yards, then learn your holds. Your mileage may vary, as the saying goes.

Liberty4545:
Thanks very much, Sir Charles. The 150 yard sight in seems like a sound suggestion. Maybe I should tone down my loads and see if that affects my accuracy. It may also be easier on my shoulder! Might do this before paying a gunsmith to put on a higher front sight ::)

PJ Hardtack:
Find a smokeless load that is the ballistic equivalent of a BP load. I've taken two moose with such a load and the moose obligingly dropped dead.

The mistake most people make with a 45-70 is to regard it as a sub-.458 Win Mag, especially with a carbine.

Liberty4545:

Thank you, PJ.  I am open to suggestions. Do you know of some BP equivalent loads using 4198 for the 405 grain lead or 350 grain jacketed bullets?   I went to the mountains shooting the Browning SRC yesterday using my current loads and they kick like an angry mule. . . 

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