I hear 45-70 is very versatile. It can be loaded down or up for about anything from mice to hefalumps. I made some shooting sticks from fiberglass tent poles and rubber tubing but they were only two legs.
Material? I'm thinking the styles for stairs might be the ticket. I bought them by the bundle from HDepot, Lowe's when l was mfrg mobile home step decks...Also sold by the pc. They are treated, 1.1" sq, x abt 42", rounded corners, tuff. That's what I would start w.
CORRECTION. :/ They are a smidge over 1 5/16" sq.
I like the 45-70 also. I had one of the Marlin M1895 rifle and liked it until I started loading it hotter than the Trapdoor loads. The stock shape and drop was awful then. Got rid of it and traded it for tang safety Ruger m77 in 458 WinMag to shoot with hard cast lead. Still have one of the Browning BPCR rifles in 45-70, but haven't shot it much.
Plus ill down load...i want a pleasant experience ....I've always wanted a Quigley type rifle just to have fun with ring steel open sights...and actually i just looked at a Correct scope that is six power under 500 bucks mounts and all that may be the way I go we'll see how much I like the gun first it may just be a safe Queen
Now I would think a bunch of handloaders, woulld know somewhat more about 45/70 loading. I load my 9 rifles in that caliber to the same velocity as a case full of black powder. They shoot great, and recoil like a .243. I shoot 300-350 gr cast slugs, with 15 gr of Unique, runs around 1450-1500fps, is dead nuts accurate out to 250 yds or so. It also kills deer well, will zip thru both shoulders like butter. I also shoot 405 gr with 13.5 of Unique, and 550 gr with 12 grs, and all of the loads shoot well out to 500 yds, as far as I have shot them. There are about 12 of us who get together 4-5 times a year locally and shoot, from 100-500 yds. I shoot these loads in trapdoors, rolling blocks, sharps and hi walls, with no issues.
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