45-70 and 45-90 Not Old Fashioned, Just Old
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45-70 and 45-90 Not Old Fashioned, Just Old

45-70 and 45-90 Not Old Fashioned, Just Old




      

45-70 and 45-90 Not Old Fashioned, Just Old


45-70 and 45-90 Not Old Fashioned, Just Old

Having intended for some time to buy a big game rifle and having a preference for some of the older black powder caliber, as the .45-70 and .45-90, I would like your opinion on these guns, whether or not they are too old fashioned to get the game, as some of the boys around here tell me they are.

The fact that the cartridges you name are old fashioned, as you term it, in no way diminishes their power and killing qualities, which big game shooters all over the world have found to be excellent and ample. If you have a fondness for either of these sizes, and are a good enough shot to be able to hit that mark at the usual hunting ranges, you should be able to bag the limit of any sort of game you will encounter. The heavy, large-caliber lead bullets of the shells you mention are sure killers, having the penetration and cohesiveness lacking in so many of the extremely high velocity cartridges. This habit of flying to pieces is the main drawback to velocities of over 2000 feet per second, while the only disadvantage I can think of possessed by these black powder rifles is their high trajectory, which would make shots at distances of over 200 yards require a certain amount of skill in judging ranges and adjusting sights.

These two .45 calibers are, I believe, the most popular of the older big game rifles, with the single exception of the .44-40. I would a great deal sooner face a charging grizzly with a .45-90 repeater chuck full of High Velocity soft point shells in my hands than some of the smaller bore high-power rifles of equal energy, which are universally recommended as big enough for the biggest game. I am not trying to give the impression that the .45-90 and .45-70 rifles are superior to the modern smokeless calibers, but as I said before, if you can direct their bullets straight to the mark you need have no worries about their stopping powers. These big bores are heavy to carry and they make an awful smudge when fired with black powder; but they are easy to clean and reload, the shells are moderate in price and you will have no trouble with the nickel fouling, which is puzzling many shooters of the latest high-power, high velocity weapons.

Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.

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