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    Price of .45-70 Government Ammo - WTF

    New round for me. Has this round always been this expensive? While my shoulder can't take 100-rounds in 1 day in this big game cal, I don't want to spend $2 to $4 per round if I want to vaporize watermelons, or plinking (silly, I know). Friend of mine suggest the smaller round but I want a mule kicker (something primal about it).

    Anyone here use this round? (regrets)
    Anyone self reload? (if yes, how much it cost then)


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    Its always been a little more expensive than most, but it, like most others has gone up in price the last couple of years.

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    Reload. I used to when I shoot metallic silhouette.

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    As you know it is not a common round. So no mass production. It is considered a custom cal and manufactures know it. But it is a old school cool caliber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treemn View Post
    But it is a old school cool caliber
    Ever since a little boy, I've always been a huge fan of a lever action...many have come and gone, but just like a 1911, it never gets old.

    I so want to pull the trigger on this beauty (pic below) but ammo price is killing it for me

    (I need to research on setup cost for a reload rig)
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    midway USA $1.50

    Cabeleas $1.35 ( sold out at the moment)

    45-70 is certainly not a plinking round, but the price isn't all tragic considering the "exotic" nature of it.

    how bout a nice ruger 357 rifle?

    those rounds can be had for the "bargain price" of .50

    in a rifle, a 357 packs a considerable punch and isn't bad on the shoulders (or wallet)

    the majority of my firearms can share ammo, and I typically own stuff that uses 9mm .38/.357

    I am always hesitant to add something that requires a unique round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nmpeter View Post
    how bout a nice ruger 357 rifle?
    While I love my Ruger side arm (semi), they don't make a lever action. And if I'm going to buy a bolt action, it would be a BMG

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    My advice...find someone who reloads...maybe even place an ad to find someone...buy the die's for the caliber you want if they don't already have it...and work out a price with them and pay them to reload it for you.

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    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/224...ProductFinding
    No press needed, just a hammer and a block of wood away from cheap ammo...

    Seems ludicrous, but those work just fine. I reload about as serious as i ride n wrench seadoos...
    I picked up a lee loader a couple years back for a caliber i don't shoot much (8mm mouser) at a gunshow to try it out. It was cheap, cheaper than dies for my press. I am seriously impressed with it, if i only had one caliber i wanted to save some money on, that is the way i would go. Just make sure to wear safety glasses when you tap the new primer in... i've never had one go off, but that's the only sketchy part. Also, buy a cheap digital scale and dip each load onto it, don't count on the volume data and the dippers alone, i have found them to be too far on the safe side for my liking... i like accurate hot loads.
    Look up good load data, watch some youtube vids, and use a lot of care and caution. It will save you some $$$. Primers, powder and boolits are easy to come by and the sky is the limit, you can buy cheap boolits and blast or buy some badass ballistic tip stuff and assemble ammo you can't even buy.

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    Thanks wkuadam07, those are great tips.

    Yea, I've been reading nothing but good things from the Lee Classic. But I'm not gonna lie, reloading on a monster round scares me a bit. I don't know the first thing about reloads and would only have online videos as a source.

    Q In Arizona, that gives me an idea. Since I live in the deep South, finding a gray hair that is willing to teach a grasshopper how to load may be an option. Florida is very gun friendly - Don't Tread on Me

    Thanks all!!

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