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First 45-70 deer #175047 11/07/2016 11:12 PM
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So I picked up a 45-70 Encore last spring and spend the summer and early fall getting tuning it up and developing a load. I took it out last weekend for opening deer season here in Minnesota and connected with a nice doe at ~ 120 yards with a double lung shot. It was a bit farther back then I wanted, but worked well. She only traveled ~ 40 yards before piling up.

Since getting the pistol (stock), I installed a rubber grip and added a muzzle break (total length 15", ~13.5 barrel length) which tamed the recoil. I added a new forend, swapped trigger springs (2 lb pull, down from 4) and polished some surfaces. It is launching 300gn Barnes TTXS at ~ 1800 fps and groups ~2 inches at 100 yards.

The deer and pistol


The bullet passed between ribs on the way in. It ripped up the lungs and the top of the liver before exiting closer to the offside shoulder. The exit wound was ~ 1.5" in diameter. Based on the amount of blood, I probably hit some big vessels. Below is a pic of the entrance side lung showing the results of the bullet pedals opening as they entered the lung.

All in all, happy with the gun and load performance.

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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: karl] #175048 11/07/2016 11:32 PM
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the 45/70 is almost enough gun
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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: Hoggin] #175049 11/07/2016 11:39 PM
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that barnes is just wicked. nice shooting.

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Good lookin heavy recoiler. Congrats!


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Congrats on your 45-70 deer!

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Congrats Karl!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: Ernie] #175061 11/08/2016 1:14 AM
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Nice! Great shooting!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: Chance Weldon] #175064 11/08/2016 1:31 AM
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Fantastic Karl - That 45/70 is a beast! Congrats.

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Great start for the season! Congrats!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: KRal] #175067 11/08/2016 2:03 AM
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Good shooting!!

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Congrats. Great shot with a good looking Encore. I love the 45/70, but mine are in rifles.

Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: racksmasher1] #175072 11/08/2016 2:20 AM
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Well done.


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I have a 12 in CONTENDER and they are wicked on deer.

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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: karl] #175082 11/08/2016 6:20 AM
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Congrats!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: pab1] #175085 11/08/2016 11:20 AM
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Great job!!! Years ago I shot a doe with my 45-70 contender. Upon impact the deer took 2 steps sideways and fell. The load was a 400 gr Speer soft point with enough H 322 to get 1450 fps from a 14" barrel. Kinda like hitting her with a bowling ball.

Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: dhom] #175095 11/08/2016 3:09 PM
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Congrats and good shooting.


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: racksmasher1] #175096 11/08/2016 3:13 PM
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Huge congrats!!!!!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: reflex264] #175101 11/08/2016 4:54 PM
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Great job and a winning combination of gun , load and shooter.


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: racksmasher1] #175102 11/08/2016 6:55 PM
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sure as hell worked fine......


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: racksmasher1] #175109 11/08/2016 9:43 PM
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Good shooting. I have always wanted to try that bullet in my SSK 45-70 Contender. I shoot the 300 grn JHP and it has never let me down. I think I have taken 3 doe whitetails with it.

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Your hard work payed off.
Great job, and a nice shot.

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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: racksmasher1] #175141 11/09/2016 3:07 AM
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That is awesome. Glad that brake works well for you, because that 45-70 can kick like a mule. As another poster referred to...those Barnes are bad boys! CONGRATS!

Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: High Tide] #175149 11/09/2016 2:29 PM
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Thanks All!
I'm very happy with the pistol and how it works. The package works well. Now to arrange a moose hunting trip with some Alaskan family.

Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: karl] #175152 11/09/2016 3:28 PM
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Looks like you brought "enough" gun, Karl ;-)

Good on ya!


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Re: First 45-70 deer [Re: s4s4u] #175160 11/09/2016 3:51 PM
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Congrats!


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Great performance!


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Congratulations!! The 45-70 is one of my favorite calibers.

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Nice deer. The 45-70 is an awesome handgun round. A real hammer!


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