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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-31-2019, 03:20 AM
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I have an 80's 1B in .223 with a supposed 1:10 twist. I've tried to verify the twist and get about 1:11. It is a bit persnikity but sometimes I get accurate with it.

I have removed a bit of metal from the barrel rib and that was real helpful.
I installed a Wolfe hammer spring and that helped some speeding the lock time.

Some of my loads can hover around .8 to 1.25 if I work really hard and conditions are good - I can't do it consistently. I can even get a rare group at maybe .75 but that's about it.
Such a pretty gun, sure wish it would make .5 to .75 groups.

I have not done the forearm hanger fix.
Also, I have a leather cheek pad to get my head up to the scope level. I have an older 6-18 Burris AO on it but usually shoot it best at about 12x.


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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-01-2019, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Well, good luck with that dand. Now back to the question: 45-70 or 9.3x74R? Anyone here have experience hunting with the latter load? I know it's more popular across the pond and figure it should work well on elk out to about 300 yards. Feel like the .375 H&H is just more than I want and the 6.5x284 is in a V configuration that I'm not interested in.
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Originally Posted by Sierra Sherpa View Post
Now back to the question: 45-70 or 9.3x74R? Anyone here have experience hunting with the latter load?
Well, I have a good bit of experience with the 45-70 having got my first one, a cut down Springfield Trapdoor, around 1961 or so. But there is nothing about the 45-70 that hasn't been said ad infinitem.

Now, I've had a hankering for a 9.3x74R for quite a few years and finally lucked into a H&R barrel, rebored and rechambered to that cartridge. I used it this year to kill a small buck at 80 yards. The load was a mid-range one for the 286 gr. (PriviP) bullet I was using. To my surprise it shot beautiful groups so my load development stopped there! I haven't even tried any of the 250 gr. Noslers I have.

The results on the deer were predictable; he bled profusely and expired very quickly.

I'm still enamored with the 9.3x74R. About the only thing I can say is that felt recoil with my load seemed to be a little more then the standard 300 gr. 45-70 load. I can imagine that a maxed out 9.3 load in a light rifle like my Handi would get your attention!

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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-08-2019, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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How difficult is to find loaded ammo and/or reloading brass and bullets? Maybe I should post this question in the Big Bore forum as well. Been admiring what I read about the 9.3 but, on the other hand, I do want to shoot the gun and being retired on a fixed income has its limitations.
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