Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Northeast, Ohio
Re: 45-70 Wildcats
Like the other posters, I don't recall hearing about any 45-70 wildcats with the exception of the 475 (I recall it as coming from the JD Jones gunshop).
The factories did produce a few cartridges based on the 45-70 case. Off the top of my head I recall the 33 Winchester, 38-56, 40-65, and some shorter versions of those last two for which I can not recall the designation.
I had to reread your original post to find out why you wanted to use round nosed bullets in a lever gun. I see you are considering the 1895. Here, I will guess you mean the Marlin as I don't believe the Winchester will accept a case the size of the 45-70 without a lot of work. ( It is a lot of work just converting a Win 95 from 30 Gov't to 405!)
The prevailing rule of thumb is to avoid RN is a tubular magazine. If you are fixed on the RN you might consider a single shot rifle. If you are fixed on the lever gun, think about flat nosed bullets.
Either way if you look up the ballistics for the old Winchester cartridges you will get an idea of what is possible.
Not to squelch the idea of experimenting but what is wrong with the 45-70?
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