Home Defense 45-70 Loads

Um, yeah, that’s right. Shot some of these today. I was skeptical at first but a 5 inch pattern of six projectiles at 7 yards is pretty impressive. And these are not buck-shot or little disks; they’re bullets. The load is also accurate enough that you can hit at 50 yards with the lead projectile. AND, recoil is mild.

The same guy who was doing the demo at my house also had some great .45 Colt and Judge revolver multi-projectile loads. I’m not a Judge fan but these were the most wickedly devastating loads I have seen from that handgun and recoil was mild with these loads too. Much more so than with the .410 shot shells.

I promised to not disclose any details before the NRA Show but if you are going to Pittsburgh, this company will be there…I’ll keep you posted.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to Home Defense 45-70 Loads

  1. Double Aught says:

    I’m very interested in hearing more about these loads! I’ve been toying with my Marlin 1895 a lot lately.

    • gunwriter says:

      I was skeptical of the practicality at first. After the testing on targets up close and at long range – and in a bullet test media – I was impressed and changed my mind.

  2. Patrick says:

    I’m thinking about this one…

    Does it take a new cylinder for a Judge, or does your TC Contender suddenly become your home defense weapon? Better shoot straight the first time then! 🙂

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