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Updates on the low recoil 45/70 short range load

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On Saturday I took the low recoil offhand shooting cartridges to the range for some testing. Shot the rifle from a sandbag, and it proved quite accurate at 50 m, with managable recoil. At 100 it was poor against my long range cartridges, but at 50 m the bullets hit the same hole. On Sunday we had a 50 m offhand BPCR match that I shot with these BPCR cartridges (34 gr 3Fg Swiss, corn meal filler, cardboard wad, .458″ 405 Grain Lyman bullet, soft Minié lube, no crimp). The first 5 shots went high, but in a tight group. After some sight adjustment I could hit the 10 five times, scoring 95 in the end.  I think I’ll keep this load.

Short range target load for a Pedersoli 45/70 bore

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I am just preparing for the weekend with some low recoil 50 meters loads for my Pedersoli Rolling Block 45/70 rifle for offhand shooting. I loaded 28 cartridges with 34 grains of 3Fg Swiss powder + 25 grains of semiola + a cardboard wad + a 405 grain Lyman flat point bullet sized to .458″. Overall cartridge length: 68,77 mm, no crimp, fire formed cases. Lube is my soft lube with 0W40 engine oil + besswax + tallow. I usally shoot heavier bullets (Lyman Postel) with heavier loads (55 grains of 1,5 Fg Swiss). I am curious how it will work out. What do you think?