I have a 21" octagon barreled Marlin 1895 45-70 with a Skinner Alaskan receiver sight. For many years I have loaded the Kodiak Bonded 400 grain bullet over a healthy dose of H322. I carry this rifle the most when I am not hunting as it is an easy rifle to carry and walk around with.
Unfortunately the only time I ever fired it at a critter I missed the darn shot in front of my grandson and the bear ran off! I have shot 400 grain Speers, 350 grain Hornadays and 405 grain LBT hard casts. All shoot good enough, but the 400 grain bullets kick like a mule, so the search for the best 350 grain 45-70 load continues.
I am trying to decide on a good and tough deep penetrating and expanding 350 grain bullet that is readily available and does not cost a fortune. Swift bullets are pricey, the Hornadays are easy to find, the Kodiak bullets are hard to get a hold of.
I tried talking the folks at Barnes Bullets out of their 350 grain TPS bullet, but was told they are a Buffalo Bore exclusive. Buffalo Bore loads up some impressive ammo, but I am not going to pay almost 80 bucks for a box of 20 rounds! Maybe some day Barnes will see fit to sell their deep penetrating 350 grain bullet to the rest of their bullet customers.
I am one of those guys who likes an exit hole if possible, but I just can't jump on the hard cast band wagon for what I want a 45-70 for. I know hard casts and non exiting bullets have piled up tons of critters, but I still want what I want in a bullet.
What are you guys shooting out of your 45-70 and what have you killed with it?