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      Something a little more traditional...

      Here's something a little more traditional than most of the firearms around here.

      Recently my Dad bought a marlin levergun in 45-70 govt. Being interested in historical shooting and long range target shooting, I followed suit this weekend and ordered an H&R buffalo classic in the same caliber. I think I'm going to put a nice vernier peep sight on it and see what it can do on some real long range stuff.

      Here's a photo of a buffalo classic. This one has been reamed out to 45-120.

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      Watch out that will knock the fillings out of your choppers if you don't get a good grip on it. Sure is a beauty. Good lock with it.

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      Yeah, I'm not expecting an easy rifle to shoot at first. I'm also planning on a good recoil pad and maybe even a mercury recoil reducer in the stock. The buttstock is bolted to the receiver so there's a very handy hole already there.

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      Holy crap those are some HUGE bullets!!! Congrats PanaDP let us know how that long range shooting goes

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      Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
      Holy crap those are some HUGE bullets!!! Congrats PanaDP let us know how that long range shooting goes

      -Jeff-
      Those are considerably longer than what I'll be shooting. For those who don't know, 45-70 is an old (very old) US military caliber from when caliber designations are formatted as caliber-blackpowder charge, so the 45-70 was a 45 caliber bullet on top of 70 grains of blackpowder.

      Pictured in that photo is 45-120. Yeah, that'd hurt a bit.

      I'll probably mostly shoot smokeless loads but some blackpowder shooting might be fun to try as well.

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      Nice!

      I don't know what the H&R rifle weighs, but years ago I did a lot of shooting with a Sharps and a Rolling Block in .45-70 and both were actually quite pleasant and gentle to shoot. And a heck of a lot of fun!
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      Quote Originally Posted by PanaDP View Post
      Yeah, I'm not expecting an easy rifle to shoot at first. I'm also planning on a good recoil pad and maybe even a mercury recoil reducer in the stock. The buttstock is bolted to the receiver so there's a very handy hole already there.
      Pana. That is a sweet gun. Kick is no worse than (and sometimes not as bad as) a 12 gauge. I have that, and the NEF Handi-rifle in same caliber. Its my regular hunting gun. Enjoy. Try some black powder for a real taste (literally, plus smell, feell etc lol) of them old time rounds.

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      Looks like the thing shoots cigarettes! Those are some seriously long cartridges!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      Nice!

      I don't know what the H&R rifle weighs, but years ago I did a lot of shooting with a Sharps and a Rolling Block in .45-70 and both were actually quite pleasant and gentle to shoot. And a heck of a lot of fun!
      I think it's lighter than both of those. I know Shiloh makes their sharps rifles in various weights from 10 to 12 lbs or so. I don't know about the rolling block. The buffalo classic is specced at 8 lbs.

      I'm planning on a little more weight being a necessity for extended periods of target shooting, especially with some hotter loads I'd like to try to reach out further.

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      Quote Originally Posted by PanaDP View Post
      I think it's lighter than both of those. I know Shiloh makes their sharps rifles in various weights from 10 to 12 lbs or so. I don't know about the rolling block. The buffalo classic is specced at 8 lbs.

      I'm planning on a little more weight being a necessity for extended periods of target shooting, especially with some hotter loads I'd like to try to reach out further.
      A nice shoulder shooting pad can work wonders withought changing your gun.
      BE VERY careful with "hotter" loads in a break action. H&R and NEF (Marlin owned btw) do NOT recomend hot loads in their break actions. At least not when I talked to them.

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      Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
      A nice shoulder shooting pad can work wonders withought changing your gun.
      BE VERY careful with "hotter" loads in a break action. H&R and NEF (Marlin owned btw) do NOT recomend hot loads in their break actions. At least not when I talked to them.
      I have read that they can handle loads up into the lever action range of pressures regularly and can even tolerate the occasional ruger #1 level stuff, just not regularly. I don't see myself loading anything that hot, except maybe out of morbid curiosity.

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