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Has anyone used the.45-70 leverevolution ammo on big game? There are very large black bear where I live and I'm harvesting one this year will it do the job? Also, how does it work for moose and elk? any opinions would be great CHEERS

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from TJ wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I don't have much experience with it, but I would think it would very well at reasonable ranges.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Yes, It will work very well. In my Marlin 1895 Cowboy it was very accurate and the results on whitetailed deer and feral hogs showed it will do its job. The bullet is heavy enough in construction to penetrate deeply and should work well for any thin skinned game.

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from bulldog wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I used the leverevolution in my marlin 1895 on mule deer and to tell you the truth it was a big deer and the damage done from a broadside shot was massive lots of damaged meat although they are very accurate almost to much for deer

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from Decker wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have used the 45/70 325 gr load in my Buffalo Classic to shoot a South Texas Nilgai. The second largest antelope. The animal weighed 463-lbs (field dressed) and took the shot in the shoulder, breaking it, took out the heart and part of a lung. the bullet was recovered inside the rib cage on the opposite side. the hide where the bullet entered was just short of 1 1/2" thick. The animal was about 60 yards away in heavy brush. The bullet had to penetrate some brush with the largest limb we noticed clipped about 3/4 inch in diameter. On the thinner skinned bear it should work very well. placement is the big key. break a shoulder or if shooting down on them break the spine between the shoulders and it will plant them.

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from salfili wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I've used them on wild hogs in texas and they are a powerful punishing round that puts pigs down in their tracks. i am sure it will have the desired effect on bears, if you hit them in their vitals. there is much bullet deformity and wound path damage. i use the lever revolution round with a marlin lever action. i shot deer with it this season and it not only dropped them in their tracks it cleaned and cooked them. seriously, i had to stop because the round is too destructive for deer who are much more delicate than hogs which are built like tanks. email me at salfili at yahoo and I can email you pics of the wound damage and you can see for yourself how the round plows through game and destroys everything in it's path. there's no doubt in my mind you can put a bear down with one of these rounds. i recommend the 325 grain.

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from salfili wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

p.s. i have never had anything but a through and through shot on hogs or deer. i have seen a 300 magnum round get caught in the ribs on the opposite side of the hog, but never the 45-70. it goes through hogs like George Patton said crap goes through a goose. even when it initially hits the heavy front shoulder plate on a hog which it uses in fights to deflect the tusks of its combatant. the 45-70 blasts right through.

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from TJ wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

I don't have much experience with it, but I would think it would very well at reasonable ranges.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Yes, It will work very well. In my Marlin 1895 Cowboy it was very accurate and the results on whitetailed deer and feral hogs showed it will do its job. The bullet is heavy enough in construction to penetrate deeply and should work well for any thin skinned game.

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from bulldog wrote 4 years 7 weeks ago

I used the leverevolution in my marlin 1895 on mule deer and to tell you the truth it was a big deer and the damage done from a broadside shot was massive lots of damaged meat although they are very accurate almost to much for deer

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from Decker wrote 4 years 6 weeks ago

I have used the 45/70 325 gr load in my Buffalo Classic to shoot a South Texas Nilgai. The second largest antelope. The animal weighed 463-lbs (field dressed) and took the shot in the shoulder, breaking it, took out the heart and part of a lung. the bullet was recovered inside the rib cage on the opposite side. the hide where the bullet entered was just short of 1 1/2" thick. The animal was about 60 yards away in heavy brush. The bullet had to penetrate some brush with the largest limb we noticed clipped about 3/4 inch in diameter. On the thinner skinned bear it should work very well. placement is the big key. break a shoulder or if shooting down on them break the spine between the shoulders and it will plant them.

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from salfili wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

I've used them on wild hogs in texas and they are a powerful punishing round that puts pigs down in their tracks. i am sure it will have the desired effect on bears, if you hit them in their vitals. there is much bullet deformity and wound path damage. i use the lever revolution round with a marlin lever action. i shot deer with it this season and it not only dropped them in their tracks it cleaned and cooked them. seriously, i had to stop because the round is too destructive for deer who are much more delicate than hogs which are built like tanks. email me at salfili at yahoo and I can email you pics of the wound damage and you can see for yourself how the round plows through game and destroys everything in it's path. there's no doubt in my mind you can put a bear down with one of these rounds. i recommend the 325 grain.

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from salfili wrote 1 year 8 weeks ago

p.s. i have never had anything but a through and through shot on hogs or deer. i have seen a 300 magnum round get caught in the ribs on the opposite side of the hog, but never the 45-70. it goes through hogs like George Patton said crap goes through a goose. even when it initially hits the heavy front shoulder plate on a hog which it uses in fights to deflect the tusks of its combatant. the 45-70 blasts right through.

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