I said yesterday that at the Lewisville ELGS I purchased some hot loads in .45-70 Govt for a future hunting trip (S. Texas hogs, maybe?). As there was no Buffalo Bore on sale anywhere, I went with a local reloader:
As a benchmark, I’ve used the PMC 405gr (“Cowboy”) load. Here are the stats, from left to right, according to their data:
PMC 405gr: 1550 fps (muzzle velocity), 1639 ft lbs (muzzle energy)
Tx Wheeler 405gr: 1750 fps, 1845 ft lbs
…and a lighter bullet:
Tx Wheeler 300gr: 2100 fps, 3105 ft lbs
(yes, that’s a .45 ACP cartridge at the end, for size comparison)
I can’t wait to do a little oomph! testing of these bad boys on some “solid” targets (e.g. wet newspaper bundles wrapped in heavy canvas or denim).
And if the unspoken question is: “O Kim… are you sure your rifle can handle such power?”, then this picture of my Browning 1885 High Wall should reassure you:
Watch this space.