.45-70 for Elephant
This is a discussion on .45-70 for Elephant within the .375 & Up forums, part of the Firearms & Ammunition category; Originally Posted by USA No.1 There are plenty accounts of the 45-70 taking elephants. It's been proven multiple times but ...
08-26-2012, 10:15 AM #41
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At one time I thought the 45-70 was OK for dangerous game. I asked myself, "after all how tough can a Buffalo or Elephant be?" Right?
Well, I've used a 45-70 for several other African species and after taking my first Buffalo (not with a 45-70) and watching my son take an Elephant (also not with a 45-70) I most definitely do NOT think the 45-70 is OK for elephant or buffalo!
08-26-2012, 10:19 AM #42
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Well, I know a PH from Zambia that has done a lot research and development into building a better 45-70, his name is Pete Swanepoel. He has used in for hippo hunting and other things.
I don't want to start a war about the 45-70. I thought Pete's blog on the subject was interesting. That said practically no one on here is going to agree that the 45-70 is a elephant gun.
08-26-2012, 10:44 AM #43
The .45-70 would not be my first choice for DG either. But perhaps if we look at this another way.. In years past there were any number of rounds that were considered at least adequate for all DG that were based upon a minimum .40 or 41 caliber bullet of at least 400 grs weight, moving at least 2000-2100 fps. Look in Taylors books. The .404 Jeffery comes to mind and there are many more like it. Now if you put the tired old obsolete .45-70 round in a modern strong action say like the Ruger No. 1 or even a Marlin lever gun such a load can be developed using modern components and really good 400 gr .45 caliber bullets that will make the speed and drive deep. That is a fact. Same can be said of the .405 Winchester, I have done it. I have not read what Eric mentions above but suspect that is the direction Pete S. is talking about. So dont jump all over me guys, but loaded right in the right type of weapon, I think the .45-70 could be said to be an adequate DG cartridge if not an ideal one. And as far as the big bears give me a hot loaded .45 cal, 400 gr bullet over a .338 winnie any day of the week for a stopper!
08-26-2012, 10:49 AM #44
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08-26-2012, 11:01 AM #45
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08-27-2012, 01:14 PM #46
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COMMENT: Owning a .45-70 Govt. rifle even though I have no doubt that it has been done, I agree with this statement. The .45-70 Gov't is not considered an elephant gun, and to be honest with you I don't really think I have heard too many people from where I am from refer to it as such. It is great for carrying into "Grizzly" country here in America, but would not be my go to primary rifle to hunt an elephant with.
08-27-2012, 08:26 PM #47
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All I can say to anyone who wants to hunt DG with a 45-70, (EL Rhino and Buff) with this fantastic round, "I'll go with you with my 458 and a camera, because one way or another I would be shooting one or both". It goes hand in hand with the 223 for deer/antelope size animals, with so many choices of caliber WHY choose a minimum caliber. Sure it can be done, but what are we trying to prove, that we can do it?
I know that "USA No one" was booted, but the argument is all over the place. Only reason I am posting again was one of the guys I just poured concrete for, argued this with me today about the 45-70 be "enough" for anything on the planet. It's nut to get that load Safely to the same specks as a 458. Therefore, I'd have to see it done to believe it."That which does not kill us makes us stronger" Friedrich Nietzsche