I had to make a trip to our local Gander Mountain on other business today, and since Thursday is ammo day I walked past the ammo shelves. As usual, the one thing that was present in abundance was 12 gauge target ammo, which I buy by the case normally; but I still have plenty of that. The one shortage on the ammo rack was .45-70 fodder for my Marlin Guide Gun, the Bullwhacker; I have plenty of cases and bullets but can’t find powder.
Luckily enough, the store had two boxes of Hornady Leverevolution FTX 325-grain rounds in that caliber. I grabbed both boxes. The Leverevolution flex-tip bullet is designed for tubular magazine lever guns; the plastic tip maintains a streamlined point while being resilient enough to avoid a chain-fire under recoil.
For those not familiar with lever-action rifles, in older designs the rounds are stored in a tubular magazine under the barrel, with the nose of one round pressed against the primer of the following round – a situation that demands blunt or flat-nose bullets, to prevent the rearmost round setting off the next round, which (as you might imagine) could result in severe damage to gun and shooter. The new Hornady flex-tips avoid that while maintaining good sectional density and an aerodynamic profile, increasing the round’s trajectory and effective range.
I have loaded up 100 rounds of .30-30 with the Leverevolution 160-grain bullet, but have been unable to find either bullets or loaded rounds for the .45-70 – until now.
Range report to follow, once I get some time to play around.