.45-70 - 405 or 500 gr. bullet?
From what I've read the original .45-70 load adopted in 1873 was loaded with a 405 gr. lead bullet and 70 gr. of blackpowder. To reduce recoil the carbine load used 55 gr. of powder. According to Wikipedia (I know, not the most reliable reference) in 1879 the Army approved a load with a 500 gr. bullet which had longer range and superior accuracy. Which of these was the issue cartridge for the service life of the "Trapdoor" Springfield?
Last edited by Krag; 05-08-2012 at 12:46 PM.
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