Highwall range report, of sorts.

Elk creekElk creek Senior MemberPosts: 5,139 Senior Member
Last weekend I took the 1885 highwall 45-70 to Montana to shoot it with my Dad. We did an informal shooting session picking out rocks on the "rim rocks" and shooting them. So, there were no paper targets but volleyball sized sandstone rocks. After a few small adjustments those rocks didn't stand a chance. Those rocks completely shattered! Well, I did recover one bullet a 500 grain cast. These bullets were going about 1200 fps. They drilled a channel about 1" wide and 12" inches deep into damp hillside.

The left bullet I recovered from the hillside after it shattered a rock. The right is the same unfired 500 grainer.
Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.

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  • Big ChiefBig Chief Senior Member Posts: 30,056 Senior Member
    That's what I call "Slinging Lead"..............how did it handle?
    It's only true if it's on this forum where opinions are facts and facts are opinions
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    Recoil was not bad, very manageable. You do need to be sure you have the rifle sucked in tight and in the
    "right spot." That said, I love this rifle. It shoots great. It makes my smile just thinking about it.
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Those are very big bullets.

    Should do a complete pass through on anything around here at open sight range.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    early wrote: »
    Those are very big bullets.

    Should do a complete pass through on anything around here at open sight range.
    And whatever is standing behind it.....:tooth:
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,959 Senior Member
    Got to love those big hunks of lead. I'll be bringing my dads casting stuff home next month which includes a 500gr rn mold I intend on using. First shot I ever fired from a 45-70 was that bullet out of his Browning B-78:tooth: been in love with the 45-70 ever since.

    Sako
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Got to love those big hunks of lead. I'll be bringing my dads casting stuff home next month which includes a 500gr rn mold I intend on using. First shot I ever fired from a 45-70 was that bullet out of his Browning B-78:tooth: been in love with the 45-70 ever since.

    Sako
    There is something special about the big 500's!
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,961 Senior Member
    That is a big chunk of lead! I have envy.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,959 Senior Member
    Elk creek wrote: »
    There is something special about the big 500's!

    Yep, I'll likely be bringing home his Uberti (I think) Quigly 1874 Sharps, the Browning B-78 and an H&R Buffalo classic so I'll have plenty of launch platforms.

    Sako
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    That is a big chunk of lead! I have envy.
    It is taller than you......just sayin' :tooth:
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Yep, I'll likely be bringing home his Uberti (I think) Quigly 1874 Sharps, the Browning B-78 and an H&R Buffalo classic so I'll have plenty of launch platforms.

    Sako
    Sweet!
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • WeatherbyWeatherby Senior Member Posts: 4,345 Senior Member
    Ok enough already.
    Was looking at a uberti sharps one today in 45-70 He had another uberti one also.
  • WheelgunWheelgun New Member Posts: 1 New Member
    Please, I have been yearning for a highwall in 45 3 1/4 all my adult life.

    Tell us about your rifle.
  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,875 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Yep, I'll likely be bringing home his Uberti (I think) Quigly 1874 Sharps, the Browning B-78 and an H&R Buffalo classic so I'll have plenty of launch platforms.

    Sako

    You SUCK!!!! Just color me green with envy!! I :love: my .45-70, and can't imagine having that many to choose from!

    Luis
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  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,959 Senior Member
    Jeeper wrote: »
    You SUCK!!!! Just color me green with envy!! I :love: my .45-70, and can't imagine having that many to choose from!

    Luis

    45-70 was pretty much my dads favorite and since he is no longer with me, I will shoot and enjoy them and continue the legacy. I've got my Marlin 1895 cowboy to throw in the mix as well but it won't handle the big 500gr bullets. Atleast not from the magazine.

    Sako
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,557 Senior Member
    It's a little harder to love my 45-70. (14" Contender barrel)

    AIN'T NO WAY I'd touch off a 500grainer in it :nono: doomed.gif
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 2,959 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    It's a little harder to love my 45-70. (14" Contender barrel)

    AIN'T NO WAY I'd touch off a 500grainer in it :nono: doomed.gif

    Thought you were impervious to recoil:jester:

    Sako
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 16,557 Senior Member
    sakodude wrote: »
    Thought you were impervious to recoil:jester:

    Sako
    JBOhio thinks and says that about me (Because I shot all his 300RUM ammo and wanted more)
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    Wheelgun wrote: »
    Please, I have been yearning for a highwall in 45 3 1/4 all my adult life.

    Tell us about your rifle.
    There ya go!
    http://forums.gunsandammo.com/showthread.php?32817-Sorry-no-pics-yet&highlight=pictures
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 5,139 Senior Member
    To add a bit of perspective that is a 44 mag to the right, and a 250 gr .452 45 XTP to the left.
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,602 Senior Member
    LMAO. Reminds me of a buddy and I planned to go shooting in the Florida everglades. Anyone that has been out there, knows about the limestone ( or whatever is below the inch of soil in South Florida) that is EVERYWHERE. So we gets ready but had to stop by the Church for some reason, and mutual friend asks where we are going. I said, "shooting rocks" without missing a beat, he says, "can I come?"

    Those rocks SPLODE nicely esp since we both collected mostly bolt action military stuff back then. On a side note, the mutual friend loved to shoot the shotguns, which was fine by us, but was also hilarious, as he was and is a pretty small guy....it always seemed like his feet would lose their grip on the planet when he pulled the trigger.
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