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Old May 21st, 2020, 09:25 AM #1
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Local 45/70 government ammo options

Where can I find ammo for a 1871 Springfield Trap Door 45/70 government. Would like light loads. I will reload for it but need some brass etc to get started. I know I can order from Buffalo Arms but would like to shoot it this weekend so local is best. Thanks!
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Old May 21st, 2020, 11:51 AM #2
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Trail boss hand loads... 350gr lead cast, powder coated.


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Old May 21st, 2020, 11:55 AM #3
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I have a handful of 45-70 brass for pickup in Cecil if you have the rest of the components. (probably some trailboss as well. I could part with some berry's .428 350gr plated actually too
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Posting for a friend

https://www.targetsportsusa.com/fioc...-p-110526.aspx

100 rounds for $100
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Trapdoors made in 1871 were chambered for 50/70/450 (Model 1870) or 50/55/450 (Model 1869 Cadet Rifles).
There was no Model 1871. Do you mean a Model 1873 Springfield in 45/70?
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Iím not a fan of going there, but Walmart carries 45-70. Winchester 300 grain, of my memory serves me right. Itís Perfectly Fine to shoot in a trapdoor.
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With my recent acquisition of an antique 45-70 rifle, I was told by many more experienced than me to slug my barrel before buying a lot of bullets. Old barrels are often slightly larger. You may need bullets sized to .459 or .460 (or larger). Mine slugged to 0.457 so I just bought 405gr bullets in 0.459 from Brazos and a bunch of nickel plated brass from Grafs (to further help identify them from modern loads.) Going to load them over Varget.
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Trapdoors made in 1871 were chambered for 50/70/450 (Model 1870) or 50/55/450 (Model 1869 Cadet Rifles).
There was no Model 1871. Do you mean a Model 1873 Springfield in 45/70?
No, officers edition 1871. 100 year commemorative edition by H&R. Found some ammo, thanks Ammo Jon and 85MikeTPI for your help! I am all set for brass, powder and projectiles. Just ordered my dies yesterday..
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No, officers edition 1871. 100 year commemorative edition by H&R. Found some ammo, thanks Ammo Jon and 85MikeTPI for your help! I am all set for brass, powder and projectiles. Just ordered my dies yesterday..
Ahh, I see. An H&R repro.
H&R took a little liberty with history because there was no production 1871 Springfield Trapdoor in 45/70. The 45/70 was introduced with the Model 1873, but I will let actual history rest.
The H&Rs are nice rifles.
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Run up to Camerons in Oxford Pa. They carry cowboy loads in 45/70 that I run out of my Marlin. They should be fine in that old rifle as they are no where near top of the range for the load.
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